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A Change of Scene

We’ve enjoyed a wonderful five year (almost) run here on AB4T, reviewing books and predicting award winners. Today is our last post.

Adult Books 4 Teens is changing format and delivery method, but not going away. When next you encounter AB4T it will be an online column–and its very own section of the print journal!

Mark Flowers will continue as editor. I am stepping down.

It has been a true pleasure to bring this discussion of adult books to an online audience, to write about books and reading and appeal on a weekly basis. I hope that many books have found their way into the hands of teens as a result.

I want to publicly thank all of the excellent reviewers who have contributed their work to this blog. Thank you to all of our publisher marketing colleagues for understanding this project, and for supporting it so generously by responding to our requests for the books we hoped to review. Thank you to everyone at SLJ, especially Brian Kenney, Luann Toth, Trev Jones, Kathy Ishizuka, Kiera Parrott, and Shelley Diaz, for their support and enthusiasm. And thank you for continuing to champion adult books with teen appeal in the future.

And I want to thank YOU for reading. Thank you!

Angela Carstensen About Angela Carstensen

Angela Carstensen is Head Librarian and an Upper School Librarian at Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City. Angela served on the Alex Awards committee for four years, chairing the 2008 committee, and chaired the first YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adult committee in 2009. Recently, she edited Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation (ALA Editions, 2011). Contact her via Twitter @AngeReads.


  1. This has been a wonderful column, of great assistance in my job, and a pleasure to read. Thank you!

  2. Priscille says

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and dedication to matching teens with fabulous adult books. I will miss your insight in this forum!

  3. Meg Diskin says

    I’ve gathered many book recommendations for our library and readers from your blog. Thank you! Where will I find the new incarnation of AB4T?

    • Angela Carstensen Angela Carstensen says

      Thank you, Meg. I’m sure there will be an announcement once the online column is up and running. You will find it on the SLJ homepage.

  4. Anne Piascik says

    Thank you, Angela for providing such interesting and readable reviews over the the last five years. I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog and my students have benefitted from all of your hard work! Thank you!

  5. amy cheney says

    thank you for your tremendous work. this has been a terrific resource. always fun and interesting to read. I will miss you ! and this incarnation of the column.

  6. Thank you, Angela, for everything you’ve done for Adult Books 4 Teens! I have found it to be an indispensable part of my collection development, and I value all of the insight you and the other AB4T reviewers provide for recommended titles. I look forward to the new look and more excellent recommendations for both our students and staff! Thanks again!