July 26, 2017

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Werewolves, Zombies, Space Operas, & Gaslamp Fantasies | Adult Books 4 Teens

This week’s column offers a rich mix of sci-fi and fantasy, from a gripping tale about nuns trained in the deadly arts to a novel that blends elements of Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars.

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.

5 Nonfiction Titles To Stave Off the Summer Slide | Adult Books 4 Teens

From an account of crimes committed against the Osage Nation in the 1920s to a quick overview of astrophysics from Neil deGrasse Tyson, these titles are bound to keep students learning, and having fun, during the summer months.

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.

5 Thrillers Reveal Small-Town Secrets | Adult Books 4 Teens

Murder, monsters, and skeletons in the closet: these recent thrillers delve into the seedier side of small-town living.

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.

Assorted Spring Loves | Adult Books 4 Teens

From a dark novel about an obsessive crush to a sci-fi thriller about two teens on the run who fall for each other, the latest offerings for teens represent genre diversity, but all center on love.

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.

Growing Pains | Adult Books 4 Teens

From the heroine of a retelling of The Tempest to a typically awkward seventh grader, the protagonists of these coming-of-age novels all face the trials and tribulations of the coming-of-age process.

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.

Alex Awards Check-In | Adult Books 4 Teens

Sarah Hill looks back on the column to see just how many of the Alex Award winners were covered in AB4T and spotlights four can’t-miss nonfiction titles.

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.

All the (Psychological) Feels | Adult Books 4 Teens

It’s been an emotional time for many, and these rich reads, with their deep explorations of the psyche, are bound to resonate with teens.

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.

Tales Dark and Grim | Adult Books 4 Teens

With Halloween right around the corner, Sarah Hill compiles a list of compelling titles that are grim and gritty, covering everything from an out-of-control infectious disease, a no-holds-barred look at the science of war, and the return of Typhoid Mary.

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.

Gold & Old: Sports and Historical Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens

You’ll find something to entice your teen readers, whether they can’t tear themselves away from coverage of the Olympics are jonesing for an immersive historical read.

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.

The Perils of Love | Adult Books 4 Teens

Teens will appreciate this genre- and format-spanning assortment of tales about love gone wrong; included are Daniel Clowes’s romantic time-traveling adventure, a thriller about Mata Hari, and Rebecca Traister’s astute feminism perspective on marriage and relationships.