“Today we review three very different novels about families, none of them easy. The families, that is!,” writes Angela Carstensen on the Adult Books 4 Teens blog.
Mirta Ojito won a shared Pulitzer for national reporting in 2001 for a New York Times series of articles about race in America. Her new book turns to the topic of immigration reform. It is a nonfiction account of a group of teenagers who killed an Ecuadoren immigrant one November night 5 years ago in [...]
Today we celebrate the launch of two new series. First, an epic fantasy by David Hair, up to now a YA author with two previous series under his belt. With Mage’s Blood he steps into the adult realm. Our reviewer (and an extended post on the Tor blog by Niall Alexander) places the Moontide Quartet squarely in the [...]
Today we look at four graphic novels which together show the vast range of the format, in terms of artwork, content, and form. The Cute Girl Network, written by Greg Means and MK Reed and illustrated by Joe Flood, shows the format at its most traditional: cartoon-like artwork, fully sequential panels, and a standard romantic [...]
As promised, we have a review today of Jeanette Winterson’s The Daylight Gate, one of the sixteen fiction books that have made more than one “best of” list so far this year. In other news, also as promised I took a look at A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Tenth of December, and unfortunately I [...]
Every fall the “Adult Books 4 Teens” reviewers come together to nominate, discuss, and select the best reading of the year for a list that guarantees a combination of excellence and appeal to young adults. It’s hardly unusual to find debut novels among our best of the year, but nine out of 21 seems high. [...]
Every fall the “Adult Books 4 Teens” reviewers come together to nominate, discuss, and select the best reading of the year for a list that guarantees a combination of excellence and appeal to young adults. All of these books were originally reviewed on SLJ’s “Adult Books 4 Teens” blog (blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/adult4teen).
It’s November and that means it’s time to start thinking about the best books of the year. I already mentioned that Publisher’s Weekly put out their mammoth list of best books, including 58 adult fiction titles. On Monday, Kirkus published their even longer list of 99 adult fiction titles (Children, Teen, Nonfiction, and Indie are [...]
Three great suspenseful reads today. Joyce Maynard bases her latest on a true crime spree that took place in the 1970s, the “Trailside Killings”. Her young teen narrator and her even younger sister decide to help their detective father catch the serial killer. The father-daughter relationship is a highlight of this one. Maynard created a [...]
Today we have two very different, almost opposite, biographies about acting, written by journalists: one a cautionary tale of talent wasted, the other an inspirational story of talent emergent. Sokolove’s Drama High tells the inspiring story of a high school drama teacher pushing his students toward success, while Edwards’s Last Night at the Viper Room [...]
If you plan to attend the AASL National Conference in Hartford, CT next week, I hope you will consider attending the Adult Books for Teen Readers author panel, moderated by yours truly. This is a concurrent session scheduled for Saturday at 1pm in the Marriott C. Four fabulous authors are on the panel. All of [...]
I had planned on writing a post today on Publisher’s Weekly‘s Best of 2013 list, but when I started looking through it, I realized that many of the titles on their list that I’d like to talk about are either currently out with our reviewers, or haven’t been posted yet. So, instead I’m going to [...]
Three novels set in the recent past all center on adolescents betrayed or abandoned by the adults in their lives. Jamie Ford‘s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was a hugely successful debut. At the time of publication it was recommended for teen readers, and justifiably so. More recently, it was [...]
My 5-year-old daughter has been teaching herself to write. She knows all the sounds of the letters, and some of the two-letter sounds, and she just writes phonetically. It’s pretty great, and I am totally encouraging, even when what she writes bears no resemblance to an English word. But every once in a while she [...]
Roxana Robinson‘s Sparta joins last year’s excellent additions to literature about war (both of which ended up on our Best of the Year list — The Yellow Birds and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk). Like those novels, Sparta‘s power comes from an examination of what happens when a young soldier returns home. Her research into the [...]
Our first review today is an account of the happenings at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans during the five days after Hurricane Katrina. I will let you read the review for the details, but keep in mind that not only is this a compelling survival story, it is also a model of great and exhaustive [...]