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In the Sea There are Crocodiles

In the Sea there are Crocodiles

Fabio Geda presents the true story of Enaiatollah (Enaiat) Akbari’s early teen years as a novel in the tradition of Dave Eggers’ What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng: A Novel (McSweeney’s, 2006). In the Sea There are Crocodiles is told in the voice of its subject. Enaiat, abandoned at age 10, survives through hard work [...]

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

With good old-fashioned storytelling, Jenny Wingfield sets up a classic struggle between good and evil in small town Arkansas. Homecoming has been widely compared to To Kill a Mockingbird, and its young protagonist, Swan, to Scout Finch. High praise! Although this is Wingfield’s debut novel, she is an experienced screenwriter, best known for “The Man in the Moon” [...]

Robopocalypse

Robopocalypse

This is an exciting week for new releases. I’m kicking it off with what seems like a sure-fire blockbuster. After all, Dreamworks bought the movie rights before the novel was even finished, and Steven Spielberg signed on as director. It’s Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson, author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising (Bloomsbury, 2005) and [...]

In the Garden of Beasts

In the Garden of Beasts

The popularity of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City (Crown, 2003) has never flagged — with adults. His new book, about the rise of the Nazi Party in early 1930s Berlin as witnessed by American Ambassador William Dodd and his family, in particular his daughter Martha, might do better with teens. The Holocaust [...]

Vaclav & Lena

Vaclav & Lena

This week’s big debut could not be more suited to teen readers. In Haley Tanner’s novel, Vaclav & Lena are both the children of Russian immigrants struggling to assimilate. Yes, Vaclav & Lena are both 9 for part one of the novel. But they are such interesting 9-year-olds, and readers will be caught up in their [...]

A Red Herring Without Mustard

A Red Herring Without Mustard

Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series stands out for the author’s ability to make each new book at least as good as the one before. I find it interesting that the Barnes & Noble review categorizes this book as Young Adult Fiction. The author of the review recognizes that the series is tricky to label, that [...]