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Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

Diana Abu-Jaber’s latest novel is a family drama centered on a teen runaway. Abu-Jaber is known for exceptional writing and strong settings — in this case, Miami. Teen readers will be drawn in by the mystery surrounding the reasons behind Felice’s decision to run away. A review in the September issues of Elle emphasizes the teen [...]

The Influencing Machine and Mr. Murder is Dead

Mr Murder is Dead

From graphic novel blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Nonfiction and fiction, long-established publisher well-known to librarians and specialty publisher many librarians won’t recognize: what do this week’s pair of graphic novels share? Both: Provide exemplary use of image and text to create a reader experience greater than the sum of those two parts Offer accessible and rich [...]

Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River

Bonnie Jo Campbell’s new coming-of-age novel follows her short story collection, American Salvage (Wayne State University Press, 2009), which was shortlisted for the National Book Award two years ago. Set in 1970s rural Michigan, Once Upon a River is about a crucial period in the life of teenager Margo Crane. First, I wanted to share just how much [...]

Touch

Touch

You may have noticed that I am reading and reviewing the work of more than my share of debut authors this year. This is partly because I was asked to publish an interview with a debut author every other month in the SLJ Teen newsletter, in conjunction with a review on this blog. In case you [...]

The Selected Canterbury Tales: A New Verse Translation

Selected Canterbury Tales

For librarians, teachers, students, and readers everywhere, a new translation of The Canterbury Tales is an event. Mark Flowers has written an extended review, which offers an overview of the options available and a clear idea of what makes this one different. As this is a selected collection, click over to the Norton website for [...]

Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Tablet & Pen

This is a Words without Borders publication. Words without Borders “translates, publishes, and promotes contemporary international literature.” Every month they publish an online magazine. They also partner with publishers to release print anthologies, of which this is one. Tablet & Pen is quite a thick & heavy tome, and may appear intimidating to teen readers. But [...]

Townie

Townie

In January I had the opportunity to attend the ALA Midwinter Sunrise Speaker Series program featuring Andre Dubus III reading from and talking about writing his memoir, Townie. I did take notes, but what has stuck with me is the fact that writing literally saved his life. Dubus realized while working on this book the [...]

The Instant Physicist

The Instant Physicist

Richard Muller is a professor of physics at Berkeley, where he teaches a course titled “Physics for Future Presidents.”  That is also the title of his 2008 book, Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines (Norton). Muller has a great sense of humor and fun, which shines through in his latest, The Instant [...]