August 23, 2017

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One Last Summer Trip | Adult Books 4 Teens

Pack your bags! The latest crop of can’t-miss Adult Books 4 Teens take readers everywhere from rural Idaho to small-town England to 1950s Appalachia.

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.

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

The title of Amanda Filipacchi‘s latest novel says it all. So many teens are so very conscious of appearances, I can only imagine that this book will incite discussion. The cover and title alone are likely to inspire certain readers to pick it up. It also fulfills that frequent request for funny books (the humor […]

Two Speculative Fiction Genre Blends

Two books with huge teen appeal today, both by authors comfortable writing in multiple speculative fiction genres. First, a fantasy novel by Daryl Gregory. You may have heard of Afterparty, last year’s science fiction novel that created quite a buzz and ended up on a few Best lists. I read Raising Stony Mayhall back in […]

February Fever

Despite appearances, February Fever is not the second book in Jess Lourey’s “Murder by Month” series, but the tenth. Lourey perversely started this series in May, and now has finally rolled around to February. And despite its obvious teen appeal, this is the first time this blog has gotten around to reviewing a book in […]

Erik Larson tackles World War I

Erik Larson has another best-seller on his hands, this time illuminating a sea disaster to rival the Titanic. Of course, it’s much more than that. The sinking of the Lusitania was man-made, and pushed the United States into World War I. For teens who savor the best YA nonfiction, books like Bomb and Hitler Youth, or Phillip Hoose’s […]

Q&A: Digging Deep with Debut Novelist Tom Cooper of “The Marauders”

Tom Cooper’s debut novel about what happens to a marshy town near New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill will resonate with environment-conscious teens this upcoming Earth Day (April 22). Adult Books 4 Teens reviewer Diane Colson caught up with Cooper to discuss his writing process, inspiration, and future projects.

Falling in Love with a Prince

What must it be like to be Kate Middleton? Now, imagine that you are an American from the midwest, with no idea of the rules of etiquette or the finer points of titles and protocols. Just how much would your life change if you fell in love with Great Britain’s next king? The strength of […]

Emma: A Modern Retelling

Last Halloween, as I was trick-or-treating with my kids, I ran into one of my teen volunteers, who was dressed like this: I didn’t immediately recognize the costume and I asked her who she was dressed as. Her reply–”Um, it’s from a movie? It’s called Clueless“–caused my wife an I to gape for two reasons: […]

Next Up for Fantasy Readers!

Today we review the first in one fantasy series and the second in another. Randy Henderson’s debut novel, Finn Fancy Necromancy, is fantasy with a good dose of humor, something that can be hugely popular with teens if it hits them right. (Our reviewer notes call-outs to Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams!) The first three […]

Signal to Noise, Music & Magic

I am so excited to introduce this small press title today. Signal to Noise is a perfect young adult crossover novel, full of appeal, diverse characters & setting, wonderful writing–and magic. What I love about this book is that even in the 2009 sections, when its characters are adults, Meche still has that sulky teen […]

Unexplored History

Today we look at two fabulous historical fiction works exploring historical periods unfamiliar to most Americans. First up is a starred review of Michelle Moran’s Rebel Queen, which tells the story of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Specifically, it tracks the exploits of Rani Lakshmi, the queen of a smallish kingdom in northern India called […]

Driftwood

Somehow we managed to let this book from November of last year make it all the way till late March without a post. But don’t let that fool you: Elizabeth Dutton’s Driftwood is a fabulous novel with tons of teen appeal: rock stars, letters from beyond the grave, a road trip–this has got all the […]

Doomboy by Tony Sandoval

French writer Tony Sandoval has created a tour de force of storytelling in his latest graphic novel. In France, Doomboy was an Official Selection of the 2012 Angouleme International Comics Festival and winner of the Coup de Coeur Youth Jury prize (for best comic book). Published in the States last fall, it is ideal for […]

Gretel All Grown Up

At the opposite end of fairy-tale retellings from the gritty 2013 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, comes this delightful cozy mystery, the first in a prospective series starring the same Gretel, grown-up and solving crimes. Regular readers know my affection for fairy tales and fairy tale retellings, and while I haven’t read this one yet, […]