The Kids’ Book Corner

Kids’ book reviews and tidbits from an indie bookseller.

PODCAST: All Unquiet Things February 5, 2010

Filed under: New Books,Podcasts,Young Adult — kidsbookcorner @ 8:26 pm


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All Unquiet Things

by Anna Jarzab

(Delacorte, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 14+

I love a good murder mystery. Set in an exclusive Northern California private school, Anna Jarzab’s All Unquiet Things is just that – a total page-turner. Jarzab’s book introduces us to Neily, a boy still dealing with the emotional ramifications of his ex-girlfriend’s murder, one year before the book starts. She had dumped him horribly, but the night she died she tried to call him, and Neily didn’t pick up. The guilt still haunts him – if he had answered the phone, could he have saved her?

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PODCAST: King Lear January 5, 2010

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King Lear

by Gareth Hinds

(Candlewick, paperback)

Recommended for ages 10+

It can be really hard to get teens to read Shakespeare. Yes, they have to read Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in school, but when a play is a required assignment it is rarely enjoyed by the reader. Luckily, artist Gareth Hinds has found a way make Shakespeare’s great works accessible to teenagers. His most recent work is a graphic novel version of King Lear, published by Candlewick. As Hinds says in his book, “Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be performed, and yet their greatness rests as much on their merits as literature – on the experience they give a reader – as on their theatrical power. I think the graphic novel form is a perfect bridge between the printed word and theatrical performance.” I agree with Hinds. The next best thing to taking your kids to a performance of King Lear is to hand them this graphic novel and let them watch the story unfold.

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PODCAST: Lips Touch Three Times November 8, 2009

Filed under: New Books,Podcasts,Young Adult — kidsbookcorner @ 8:59 pm


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Lips Touch Three Times

by Laini Taylor

(Arthur A. Levine Books, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 12+

I recently had the pleasure of reading this very unique young adult book. Written by Laini Taylor, this collection has been nominated for the National Book Award. Each of the stories is a darkly mature fairy tale that showcases Taylor’s skillful writing and storytelling prowess. Each story is accompanied by stunning artwork by Jim Di Bartolo.

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PODCAST: Flash Burnout

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Flash Burnout

by L.K. Madigan

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 14+

Friendship and relationships are common topics in young adult literature, and rightly so. In Flash Burnout we meet Blake, a fifteen-year-old guy who struggles to balance having a girlfriend and having a friend that’s a girl. An amateur photographer, Blake shows his friend Marissa some of his work for their photography class: a photo of a street person who Marissa recognizes immediately as her meth-abusing mother. Marissa shares some of her family’s history with Blake, which immediately makes their connection stronger to one another. Meanwhile, Blake’s girlfriend, Shannon, starts to take issue with their friendship.

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PODCAST: The Amanda Project October 7, 2009

Filed under: New Books,Podcasts,Young Adult — kidsbookcorner @ 9:42 pm

The Amanda Project: invisible i

by Stella Lennon

(Harper Teen, hardcover, $16.99)

Recommended for ages 12+

In this new interactive series, we try to unravel the mystery of Amanda Valentino. When Amanda goes missing, leaving behind a series of perplexing clues, three of her friends must come together to unravel the mystery. Visit the book’s website for clues to Amanda’s disappearance: http://theamandaproject.com/

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PODCAST: Love is the Higher Law September 4, 2009

Filed under: New Books,Podcasts,Young Adult — kidsbookcorner @ 7:25 pm

Love is the Higher Law

by David Levithan

(Knopf, hardcover, $15.99)

Recommended for ages 14+

This amazing novel is Oblong’s Outstanding Book for the month of September. Why should you read a 9/11 book? Read David’s letter below.

David Levithan will be read and sign his book at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck, NY on Friday, October 9th at 7:30pm. Click here for more info.

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PODCAST: Shiver August 1, 2009

Filed under: Podcasts,Young Adult — kidsbookcorner @ 2:12 pm

Shiver

by Maggie Stiefvater

(Scholastic Press, hardcover, $17.99)

Recommended for ages 14+

As I mentioned before, I loved this book. It’s the first book that might actually quench the thirst of Twilight fans!

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