January 20, 2017

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Tying Up Loose Ends | Adult Books 4 Teens

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Short and Sweet | Adult Books 4 Teens

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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.

“Gone Girl” Read-Alikes | Adult Books 4 Teens

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From a novel about a former cult member forced to face her dark past to a coming-of-age tale brimming with monsters and mayhem, the titles highlighted this month are exhilarating, nail-biting thrillers: perfect for teens looking for some edgy beach reading.

Around the World | Adult Books 4 Teens

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

Where the Girls Are: Recent Titles on Feminism, Girlhood, and Sexism | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Whether nonfiction or novels, these selections highlight the stories of girls and young women who grapple with their sexuality, deal with issues such as immigration and sexism, and consider their own identities.

Diverse Debuts | Adult Books 4 Teens

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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.

Escaping into Other Worlds | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Leave the real world behind, and enter the realm of fantasy with some adult titles brimming with teen appeal, including Ian Pears’s Arcadia, a fascinating example of metafiction (with an app tie-in); Samantha Hunt’s Mr. Splitfoot, a thought-provoking and lyrical work about two former members of a religious cult; and Charlie Anders’s All the Birds in the Sky, a well-crafted work of fantasy with elements of quirky romance.

Through a Genre, Darkly | Adult Books 4 Teens

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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.

The Alex Award Challenge | Adult Books 4 Teens

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New columnist Sarah Hill shares her aspirations for Adult Books 4 Teens this year. And don’t miss the titles she’s compiled, including the latest from teen favorite Meg Cabot.

Introducing Sarah Hill; Juicy Nonfiction | Adult Books 4 Teens

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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

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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.