It’s always exciting to discover new books and authors and, as usual, some of the freshest voices can be found in young adult publishing. Here are three debut titles that have quickly become librarian favorites around here.
Melissa Albert writes with an authority that belies her status as a first-time author in the deliciously creepy The Hazel Wood. Bad luck has followed Alice every one of her 17 years and no matter how many times she and her mother, Ella, move to a new town, disaster always catches up. When Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of the cult fairy-tale classic Tales of the Hinterland, dies it seems their luck has finally turned. But bad things continue to lurk around the edges of their lives and it isn’t long before Ella goes missing. All signs of the abduction point to the The Hazel Wood, her grandmother’s rundown impenetrable estate. Dark, eerie, and deeply atmospheric, author Melissa Albert mines the darker side of fairy tales in this unsettling Continue reading “New Voices in Young Adult Literature”
January comes with a break from the holidays, but if you enjoy celebrating and love books, here are some ideas for literary celebrations for January.
We’ll start off with Tolkien day on January 3. It’s his birthday and a day celebrated by the Tolkien Society. They recommend a very simple celebration: find somewhere to have a drink, and at 9 PM make a toast with friends simply saying, “The Professor!” Let me suggest a couple books about Tolkien if you’d like to enrich your knowledge of him. A great book to share with children or just read to yourself is John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien by Caroline McAlister. With gorgeous illustrations it tells a little about his life. Another option is Mythmaker by Anne E. Neimark, a thoroughly researched biography exploring Tolkien’s extensive interests that influenced his writing. Continue reading “January Literary Celebrations”
Need a book for that Young Adult square but aren’t quite sure where to start? Young adult fiction has come a long way since Sweet Valley High, with captivating, well-written titles that cross and blend just about every genre out there. There is, of course, an abundance of teen romance, but there is also excellent historical fiction and realistic fictionthat shows just what it means to be a teen in 2017. With thousands of titles published for young adults each year it can be a challenge to find books that will resonate with adult readers. Here are some of our favorites: Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2017: Young adult”
Even if I wasn’t a Young Adult librarian, I would still read tons of YA literature. While I love the maturity and intellectual demands of adult literary fiction, sometimes a YA novel just hits that sweet spot of delivering a fully satisfying read that is challenging and fresh, yet doesn’t require too much time or mental energy to complete. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Young Adult Book”