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Three Debuts

One of my favorite reader’s advisory tools is Amazon’s “Customer’s Who Bought This Item Also Bought” feature. I know, I know, Amazon’s a big evil company engaged in a fight against the absolutely tiny publishing firm of Hatchette (note: Hatchette is not tiny), but what can I say? The algorithm they use is great. You […]

A New Take on Sleeping Beauty (No, Not *That* One)

You all know how much I love fairy tales. Indeed, it almost physically hurt me to assign Elizabeth Blackwell’s While Beauty Slept to another reviewer, but I just didn’t have time in my reading schedule to get to it. Now that I’ve read our review, I’m going to make time. Blackwell’s entry-point is a character […]

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We are all completely beside ourselves

Karen Joy Fowler’s new book actually came out in May, but this is definitely a case of better late than never. The premise of the book is terrific, but it is the voice that makes it extraordinary. Rosemary, lively, wisecracking, too smart for her own good, is our narrator. She starts in the middle — […]

Weekly Reviews: Setting

The Fever Tree

We write a lot about genre and the types of books that teens enjoy reading. But what about setting? Do teen readers care about sinking into the setting of a book? This is an element that teens rarely mention when they share what they enjoy reading, or how much they liked a particular book. But […]

The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead

The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead

Paul Elwork’s debut novel is loosely based on the Fox sisters, three late 19th-century women who contributed to the beginning of the spiritualism movement. Here the hoax is perpetrated by two young teenagers who, like the Fox sisters, use rappings to fool their “clients” into believing in communications from the dead. A spooky novel of […]


Where's My Wand?

How did I manage to get a whole month into this blog without posting the review of a memoir?? It seems to be common knowledge that memoir is a genre with tremendous teen appeal. Yes and no. Just because a memoir begins with the child and young adulthood of the writer does not mean that […]