November 18, 2017

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I Never by Laura Hopper | SLJ Review

Gr 10 Up –A stellar debut novel that easily compares to Judy Blume’s iconic Forever.

Daring Middle Grade Debuts | SLJ Spotlight

Five new and forthcoming middle grade debuts to watch out for.

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.

Interview: Debut Novelist Pamela Moses on How “The Appetites of Girls” Change Over a Decade

While the setting for The Appetites of Girls is specifically Brown University in 1993, the emotions and issues explored throughout the book are universal. “AB4T” blogger Diane Colson goes behind-the-scenes with author Pamela Moses who is intimately familiar with this college environment.

Teens Review Unique Coming-of-Age Novels and a High-Wire Mystery

The setting for The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley is the hospital pediatric ward, while Billy Kinsey in The Tragic Age deals with having a dysfunctional family by reading Heidigger. The Storyspinner, a fantasy/mystery mash-up, should be just the ticket for readers looking for a new scrappy heroine for which to cheer.