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Mud, Sweat and Tears

Although far from being his first book, this is the first full autobiography by Bear Grylls, star of Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel. After 7 seasons, the show closed this spring, but Grylls’ fans are many. In 1998, at 23 years old, Bear Grylls became the youngest British climber to successfully climb Everest. This […]


Richard Ford’s novel hooks readers from the beginning, “First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later.” Dell and his twin sister are 15 when their parents’ actions doom them to being orphans, though the novel is less about these events than about their effect. In a Daily […]

Everything We Ever Wanted

This is the second adult novel by Sara Shepard, popular YA author of the Pretty Little Liars series. First was The Visibles (Free Press, 2010), a coming-of-age that received fine reviews and seems tailor-made for teen readers. Everything We Ever Wanted revolves around a bullying scandal; Shepard’s many fans are sure to be interested. Amazon […]

The Most Dangerous Thing

I had the chance to meet Laura Lippman briefly at ALA last summer, and she spoke about the fact that this is the first book she has set in Dickeyville, the part of Baltimore that she knows best, the corner of the city in which she grew up. As a child, she and her friends played […]


One of the BookExpo experiences I haven’t written about yet was a program titled YA-to-Adult: An Author Perspective, featuring authors Melissa de la Cruz, Ellen Hopkins and Melissa Marr, moderated by Cathy Berner of Blue Willow Bookshop. All three popular YA authors have an adult book coming out this year. Graveminder by Melissa Marr was […]

Don’t Breathe a Word

Today a review of Jennifer McMahon’s new paperback original. I quite enjoyed her 2007 coming-of-age novel, Promise Not to Tell (Harper), so I was happy to see that this one also has teen potential. Both novels will appeal to teens who enjoy a good, creepy mystery. MCMAHON, Jennifer. Don’t Breathe a Word. 464p. Harper. 2011. […]

Lost in Shangri-La

“On May 13, 1945, twenty-four officers and enlisted men and women stationed on what was then Dutch New Guinea boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley surrounded by steep, jagged mountain peaks deep within the island’s uncharted jungle. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when […]