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Adult Books 4 Teens
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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

What teen is going to sit down and read a 656-page biography?? Well, I have to tell you, Steve Jobs is one of the most-requested nonfiction books in my library this year. Just yesterday, walking down the hall, a teacher asked if the library owned it. Sitting at my desk about half an hour later, [...]

Kisses from Katie

Kisses from Katie

Katie Davis was only 19 when she moved to Uganda and founded Amazima Ministries in 2008. Amazima feeds and educates orphaned children in Uganda. To hear from Katie herself, take a look at the Simon & Schuster video on YouTube, or at Katie’s blog. DAVIS, Katie & Beth Clark. Kisses from Katie: A Young Woman’s Journey of [...]

A Stolen Life

A Stolen Life

Jaycee Dugard’s memoir was an instant bestseller, and its teen appeal is obvious — Dugard was a teen for half of the time she was in captivity, and teens enjoy reading sensational, true stories. It is especially haunting that writing a bestselling book was on a list of goals she made while in captivity. Also [...]

Secrets of the Wolves

Secrets of the Wolves

Writing books from a wolf’s point of view isn’t easy, but that is Dorothy Hearst’s goal in her trilogy, The Wolf Chronicles. Hearst writes, “The biggest challenge was getting the level of anthropomorphism right. If I were to be completely accurate in depicting how a wolf perceives the world, the book would have been impenetrable for [...]

The Little Women Letters

The Little Women Letters

This novel has an interesting genesis. British editor Lydia Newhouse had the idea of writing about Jo March’s great-great granddaughters, combining their stories with found original letters by Jo. Gabrielle Donnelly won the commission to write the novel. Her author website, and particularly an interview in the About section, covers her love of the original [...]

So Much Pretty

So Much Pretty

Cara Hoffman has written an intriguing, tangled puzzle of a novel that defies categorization, and the excitement surrounding it is contagious. It seems like every day for the last two weeks I have seen a different tweet, article, or rave for this book. It landed on Entertainment Weekly‘s Must List, and is today’s #fridayreads giveaway [...]

Kings of Colorado

Kings of Colorado

Today it is my pleasure to present a review of Kings of Colorado, a book that has flown under the radar up to this point, despite strong reviews. There is a revealing conversation with David Hilton on the Simon & Schuster website. Hilton used to be a middle school teacher, so he knows young people. [...]

Mystery series

The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag

Two mystery series with teen appeal added installments this year. The Spellmans Strike Again is the fourth in Lisa Lutz’s hilarious series. The Spellman Files (2007) won an Alex Award, and was followed by Curse of the Spellmans (2008) and Revenge of the Spellmans (2009). If you haven’t seen them, check out the great mass market paperback covers: [...]