October 15, 2017

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Mark Flowers

About Mark Flowers

Mark Flowers is SLJ’s Adult Books 4 Teens cocolumnist and a supervising librarian at the Rio Vista (CA) Library.

All-Star Reviews from Seanan McGuire, Jane Yolen, & More | Adult Books 4 Teens

The Adult Books 4 Teens columnists present some of their favorite titles that haven’t been featured yet.

Physics, Fears, & Female Empowerment | Adult Books 4 Teens

Tempt teens with a memoir from award-winning actress Gabourey Sidibe, a primer on feminism, and a peppy look at the universe and dark matter.

Rocky Roads: 8 Coming-of-Age Tales | Adult Books 4 Teens

These recent titles about young people maturing provide fresh takes on well-known narratives, from a heartfelt novel about a thirtysomething developing a sense of self to a memoir about a young man who trekked across the United States.

Global Tales of War, Family, and Identity | Adult Books 4 Teens

Mark Flowers takes readers on a journey around the world, highlighting books set in India, Sweden, South Africa, and other locations.

A World of Hurt: 7 Dark, Compelling Titles | Adult Books 4 Teens

Teens with an appreciation for gritty, intense reads will appreciate these selections that range from a 19th-century murder mystery to the nonfiction account of two Baltimore teenagers’ scheme to distribute opiates.

Stellar Speculative Fiction from VanderMeer, Sedgwick, and More

Looking for postapocalyptic worlds and fantastical settings? Among this week’s offerings are a wholly originally take on dystopian fiction from Jeff VanderMeer and a novel from Marcus Sedgwick that gives the term photographic memory an entirely new meaning.

Notable Nonfiction on the Transgender Experience and More | Adult Books 4 Teens

Another crop of notable nonfiction featuring often unheard voices, from a title that unpacks myths about the transgender experience to a book on those who have been wrongfully convicted.

Familiar Faces: Adult Books 4 Teens’ Favorites

This week, we explore a motley crew of fan favorites, from Alex Award winners to a legendary editor and more.

Showcasing Marginalized Voices | Adult Books 4 Teens

Now more than ever in America, young girls, people of color, and LGBTQ people need stories relevant to their lives. The following titles highlight these voices.

Tying Up Loose Ends | Adult Books 4 Teens

After a few months absence, the Adult Books 4 Teens column returns, with historical fiction from Cat Winters, science fiction/horror from Jay Kristoff, and an investigation of the case at the center of the podcast Serial.

Hook Them with Historical Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens

Historical fiction may not be every teen’s idea of a gripping read, but these titles are bound to immerse readers—and may even please educators, too.

Non-Nonfiction: Harry Potter and Hamilton | Adult Books 4 Teens

Mark Flowers presents a bevy of titles that may technically be nonfiction but that are loaded with teen appeal, from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: The Revolution to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to an examination of the Dark Knight.

Not Your Typical Adaptations | Adult Books 4 Teens

Retellings, companions, and other titles that are based on famous works are here to stay. From a modern-day update of Pride and Prejudice to a choose-your-own adventure version of Romeo and Juliet, the following works bridge the gaps between old classics and our current understandings.

Short and Sweet | Adult Books 4 Teens

Mark Flowers pulls together an assortment of short story collections—some dealing with horror and the suspense, others taking on fantasy and myth—from Joyce Carol Oates, Helen Oyeyemi, Patricia A. McKillip, and David Schow.

Around the World | Adult Books 4 Teens

Join Mark Flowers on a global literary voyage, as he surveys titles set in India, Lithuania, Finland, and Lebanon.

Diverse Debuts | Adult Books 4 Teens

We examine debut authors whose works have unique perspectives on culture, from Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat girl, a novel comprised of short stories that take on fat-shaming, to Kaitlyn Greenidge’s We Love You, Charlie Freeman a rich and complex work about an African American family teaching a chimpanzee sign-language.

Through a Genre, Darkly | Adult Books 4 Teens

A musical album that inspired a novel about four down-and-out Londoners, a nonfiction work about America’s first serial killer, and the story of a trafficked girl who turns the tables on her captors: though the subjects of these recent adult titles are grim, they’ll find an audience among teens with an appreciation for the darker side of realism.

Introducing Sarah Hill; Juicy Nonfiction | Adult Books 4 Teens

The Adult Books 4 Teens column welcomes incoming YALSA President Sarah Hill as its newest coeditor. Plus, check out a roundup of intriguing nonfiction.

Secret Societies, Psychopaths, and Murder | Adult Books 4 Teens

An unreliable narrator with amnesia, a secret society orchestrating conspiracies, a decades-old mystery springing back to life: the novels in the latest Adult Books 4 Teens column contain just about every ingredient we’ve come to know and love in contemporary suspense thrillers.

Gregory Maguire’s “After Alice,” Speculative Fiction, and More | Adult Books 4 Teens

Mark Flowers looks at a wide assortment of speculative fiction titles and a book that seems like it should be science fiction but is actually nonfiction.