October 20, 2017

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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.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden | SLJ Review

ARDEN, Katherine. The Bear and the Nightingale. 336p. glossary. Ballantine/Del Rey. Jan. 2017. Tr $27. ISBN 9781101885932.

Reading Arden’s debut novel is like listening to an entrancing tale spun out over nights in the best oral tradition. This mesmerizing fantasy takes place in medieval Russia, at a time when women had but two choices in life: serve their appointed husband by bearing his children and taking care of his household, or serve God in a convent. Vasilisa Petrovna refuses […]

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.

Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2016

Nineteen excellent adult books perfect for teen readers, selected by the Adult Books 4 Teens columnists and reviewers.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | March 2016

Check out SLJ’s March 2016 starred titles, from Corinne Duyvis’s sophomore effort, On the Edge of Gone, and Stonewall-winning Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You.

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Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet | SLJ Review

Capó Crucet, Jennine. Make Your Home Among Strangers. 400p. ebook available. St. Martin’s. 2015. Tr $25.99. ISBN 9781250059666; ebk. ISBN 9781466865044.

In this beautifully written and compulsively readable coming-of-age novel, Lizet is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to attend college—and it’s not Miami-Dade Community College, either; it’s Rawlings College, an elite liberal arts school in upstate New York, where Lizet has received a full scholarship. While Lizet is away from […]

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

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.

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

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.