November 17, 2017

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Book Review: Stand Off by Andrew Smith (Reviewed by Teen Reviewer Lexi)

Stand Off by Andrew Smith 448 pages Summary: It’s his last year at Pine Mountain, and Ryan Dean should be focused on his future, but instead, he’s haunted by his past. His rugby coach expects him to fill the roles once played by his lost friend, Joey, as the rugby team’s stand-off and new captain. […]

Life, Life, and Masturbation: The Alex Crow

The Alex Crow, Andrew Smith Dutton, March 2015 Reviewed from ARC and ebook editions Last year, Andrew Smith wrote a book that had: weird science, boys who talk about masturbation, an incredibly strong voice, and strange animals created by the aforementioned weird science. Love it or hate it, we couldn’t stop talking about it. So […]

“Paper Towns” and Other Epic Road Trip Titles in YA Lit

As buzz builds for the film adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns, check out the following selections, all of which feature summertime journeys and epic odysseys.

Walking and Talking with . . . Andrew Smith

That’s right. Andrew Smith. And it’s fantastic. The latest in Steve Sheinkin’s series “Walking and Talking”. Enjoy it. Big time thanks to Steve for putting these together and for this one in particular. Previous editions of this series include: Walking and Talking with John Corey Whaley Walking and Talking with Jenni Holm Walking and Talking […]

Our 2015 Predictions and Picks: Loves and Likelies

One of the greatest joys of writing this blog is the chance to be spectacularly wrong* come the announcements. So here is our official post of both our personal picks — books we can support and love love love — and our predictions, which are the books we think are most likely — even if […]

Pyrite Redux: We’re All Stories in the End

At last Saturday’s Mock Printz, a Hudson Valley Library Associate book club regular, Susannah Goldstein, aptly called 2014 “the year of storytelling.” It was a dead-on observation that applies to so many 2014 books. Storytelling is certainly a theme that’s resonated with me this year. One major question books like How It Went Down and The Unfinished Life […]

Pyrite Redux: What Doesn’t Kill You…

Today, let’s revisit two of our Pyrite 11 that both have at their cores events that forever change their protagonists. I am, of course, talking about Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun and Andrew Smith’s 100 Sideways Miles. When Joy first covered I’ll Give You the Sun, she praised the dual narration (duality of […]

100 Sideways Miles

100 Sideways Miles, Andrew Smith Simon & Schuster, September 2014 Reviewed from final copy If you were a teenager who spent at least one long night with friends discussing the future, destiny, and the fear that you can’t control the course of your life, 100 Sideways Miles probably reminded you of those moments. Finn Easton, the novel’s […]

Grasshopper Jungle

This book. This book! I loved it. Also I hated it. It has amazing characters, and then it has crimes against female characters. It’s A Tale of Two Cities for me on this one — this book contains multitudes and also contradictions galore. It probably deserves an award, except when it doesn’t. There’s a reason […]

Art Heist Capers, Super-Powered Fantasies, and Creepy Horror Tales | What’s Hot in YA

With works by heavy hitters such as Scott Westerfeld, Gregory Maguire, Andrew Smith, Katherine Paterson, Jacqueline Woodson, and Maggie Stiefvater, this month’s column is chock-full of upcoming YA and nonfiction titles that will have teens adding to overflowing TBR piles.

Pick of the Day: Grasshopper Jungle

Award-winning author Andrew Smith has cleverly used a B movie science fiction plot to explore the intricacies of teenage sexuality, love, and friendship.

Roundup: All the Books

Okay, not all the books, but three books for the price of one post: The Golden Day, Winger, and The Midnight Dress. (It was going to be four books, because I stayed up way too late reading More Than This the other night, but I think I need to sit on that for another day […]

Pictures of the Week: Librarians React to Smith’s ‘Grasshopper Jungle’; Walkup’s ‘Second Verse’ Book Launch

Librarians Jennifer Thompson of Brooklyn Public Library (l.) and Jeanne Lamb of New York Public Library (r.) chat with author Andrew Smith (c.) about his upcoming Grasshopper Jungle. Debut author Jennifer Walkup presents her young adult mystery, Second Verse at WORDS Bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey.