October 27, 2016

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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.

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

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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

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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.

Location, Location, Location | Adult Books 4 Teens


Mark Flowers compiles reviews of adult books that will resonate with teens, which take place in locales as diverse as modern-day New Mexico and 1862 Paris.

The Rest of the Best | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Astute readers of this column may have noticed that several of the books we selected as our favorites of 2015 hadn’t been reviewed here yet. This post is here to remedy that.

Spectacular Speculative Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens


Mark Flowers highlights recent adult titles with teen appeal in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, including Cat Winter’s The Uninvited and John Scalzi’s End of All Things.

“The Unraveling of Mercy Louis” and Other Coming-of-Age Novels | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Mark Flowers shares works in which the protagonists have an inescapable confrontation with the reality of becoming adult and making adult decisions, including Keija Parssinen’s The Unraveling of Mercy Louis and Mitchell Hogan’s A Crucible of Souls.

Retellings and Sequels of Beloved Tales | Adult Books 4 Teens


The following sequels to acclaimed titles, such as The Invasion of Tearling, and retellings of classic works, such as Ana of California, will engage teens and adults alike.

Much-Anticipated Titles from Judy Blume, Ernest Cline, and More | Adult Books 4 Teens


In today’s column, I introduce you to eight books by favorite authors. Whose favorite? Well, teens, for one. Also: the Alex committee, AB4T columnists, and the world at large. These are some much-anticipated releases by authors we are always excited to see come out with new work. In an attempt to get through all eight, I’m going to try to pair them up to make sense of them. We’ll see how I do.

Mystery, Thriller, and Sci-Fi Debuts | Adult Books 4 Teens


Adult Books 4 Teens columnist Mark Flowers rounds up a group of debut novels that run the genre gamut—from meta cozy mysteries to survival fiction with threads of romance.

Six Eclectic Debut Novels | Adult Books 4 Teens


Adult Books 4 Teens features six debut novels for adults with teen appeal—with an emphasis on “novels,” since all of these first-time novelists have already established themselves in other forms or writing. These offerings range from a “Stephanie Plum” series read-alike by a Hollywood screenwriter to literary postapocalyptic titles.

The Much-Maligned Ty Cobb: A New Biography for Sports Fans | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Adult Books for Teens columnist Mark Flowers compares two recent biographies on the notorious baseball player, one of which has lots of appeal for teen readers.

Spine-Chilling Whodunits for Summer Reading | Adult Books 4 Teens


The “Adult Books for Teens” blog has a new home. In its latest format, the column presents four summer mysteries perfect for beach reading.

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