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North of Normal and What is Visible

northofnormal

On Monday, Angela mentioned that we haven’t had as many nonfiction titles as we’d like this year, and offered up Dr. Mutter’s Marvels for consideration. Today, we’ve got another nonfiction title, this time a memoir, and a novel based on a real person. The memoir is Cea Sunrise Person’s North of Normal, and Person’s first [...]

Albert of Adelaide

Albert of Adelaide

Quirky, adventure-filled, contemplative. Albert of Adelaide is a book that is hard to describe. Probably because there isn’t really another book like it. No read-alikes here. After all, our title character is a platypus. And I think that quality – that uniqueness – is enough to attract the curiosity of certain teens all by itself. [...]

The Sherlockian

The Sherlockian

I don’t know about you, but I thoroughly enjoyed the recent BBC version of Sherlock Holmes, aired by PBS Masterpiece Mystery in the fall. The series was a great conversation piece with students in my library, once I told them about it. (No, I don’t think most teens follow Masterpiece Mystery as a rule!) Their middle [...]

The View on the Ground

War

Nonfiction about the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq abound. Two books stand out for teen readers, both from the soldiers’ point of view. Last year’s Alex Award-winning The Good Soldiers by David Finkel (FSG, 2009), follows the troops of Battalion 2-16 and their part in the war in Iraq, specifically the surge of 2007. In [...]