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January 2008

Teenreads.com Newsletter January 2008
This Month on Teenreads.com

It's Time...for Book Awards

Now in Stores: THE SWEET FAR THING by Libba Bray

Now in Stores: RUNEMARKS by Joanne Harris

Special Feature: THE LUXE by Anna Godbersen

The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

The Coretta Scott King Award

The Alex Awards

The Margaret A. Edwards Award

The Schneider Family Book Award

The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production

Now in Stores: DRAMA HIGH: FRENEMIES by L. Divine

Cool New Books for January

January's New in Paperback Roundup

This Month's Reviews

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It's Time...for Book Awards

January means a lot of things: a new year, chilly weather, both of my sons’ birthdays…and award season! Everybody knows about the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards (The Golden Compass, based on the book by Philip Pullman, was nominated for two Oscars!), but did you know that January is also the month that the American Library Association (ALA) announces the best books of the year for kids and teens? See the winning titles and honor books later in this newsletter. As always, there were lots of surprises.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced its Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. If you’re reading this newsletter, chances are you’re not a “reluctant reader,” but I bet you have a few friends who are. These are some great recommendations for anybody who thinks that reading is boring (hard to believe --- but they’re out there!). You’ll find plenty to love on this list, too. Also, be sure to check out YALSA’s list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. We are going to be adding graphic novel reviews (along with the manga titles that we have been reviewing) in the months to come.

A few “big” books have been released recently that we’d like to bring to your attention (if you haven’t devoured them already!). The first is THE SWEET FAR THING, the final installment in Libba Bray’s bestselling historical fantasy trilogy. Find out what happens to Gemma Doyle and her friends at the Spence Academy for Young Girls in Victorian England. Next week I am going to be in Florida where I will be catching up with Libba when she is on tour at Books & Books, one of my favorite bookstores, in Coral Gables. What's going to be really fun about this event is that Libba is touring with Shannon Hale, whose work many of you know as well. Her latest book is BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS, which came out in September. They are calling it the "Book Babes Tour." Who says that bands are the only people who name their tours? They both are blogging about touring together. See what Libba and Shannon have to say.

Speaking of catching up with favorite characters, Meg Cabot's Mia Thermopolis is back having a new adventure in a book called (what else?) PRINCESS MIA. The pressures of being a royal on top of the usual stresses in a teen’s life are really starting to build on Mia. Can a diary from one of her ancestors (who was a teen princess just like Mia) help straighten her life out?

Also new in stores is RUNEMARKS. Goblins, witches, magic and a heroine you’ll love make this a very fun fantasy book from bestselling, award-winning author Joanne Harris. RUNEMARKS also happens to be our Word of Mouth prize, and one lucky teen will receive a copy for letting us know what they’re reading. Enter the contest here.

This month’s poll asks what you do with your books when you’re done reading them. Do you keep them? Pass them on to a friend? Donate them to your library? Let us know where your books end up here. The question of the month asks what five books from your shelves define you. Are you as glam as a Gossip Girl? As spunky as Anne of Green Gables? Are you an old-fashioned romantic like THE LUXE? Let us know your answer here.

Here's hoping books that you find here will be ones that YOU will consider to be winners in your own personal library. And since we will not catch you until later in February, here's wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day. Hmmm....what book would you give someone to tell them how you feel about love? Ponder that!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)
 
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Now in Stores: THE SWEET FAR THING by Libba Bray

THE SWEET FAR THING by Libba Bray (Historical Fantasy)
It's 1896, and Gemma Doyle's time at Spence Academy for Young Ladies is coming to a close in a whirl of parties and balls that will mark her and her classmates' debutante "season." Gemma's story comes full circle with THE SWEET FAR THING, the conclusion to Libba Bray's wildly popular trilogy that melds Victorian conventions with supernatural fantasy. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE SWEET FAR THING.
 

Click here to read a review of THE SWEET FAR THING.

 

Now in Stores: RUNEMARKS by Joanne Harris

RUNEMARKS by Joanne Harris (Fantasy)
Five-hundred years after the End of the World, old One-Eye returns from World's End to visit Maddy, an outcast girl from the village of Malbry. Shunned by her town because of the ruinmark on her palm and her magical abilities, she'll do anything he wants if it gives her a place to be her true self --- even if it leads to goblins, Faëries, dangerous forgotten gods, the Sleepers, oracles, Chaos and magic. Reviewed by Jonathan Stephens.

-Click here to read an excerpt from RUNEMARKS.
 

Click here to read a review of RUNEMARKS.


 

Special Feature: THE LUXE by Anna Godbersen

Putting a 19th-century twist on popular series like Gossip Girl and The Clique, Anna Godbersen's novel THE LUXE follows the secrets and scandals, the drama and the debauchery of a group of upper-crust socialite teenagers in 1899 Manhattan. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Sarah Wood, Godbersen explains why she chose to set her book in New York during the turn of the century and describes the kind of research required for her to portray the intricate details of the time period so accurately. She also reveals which characters she identifies with the most, discusses what's in store for them in future installments of the series and shares her favorite "modern convenience" of the 20th and 21st centuries.

THE LUXE by Anna Godbersen (Historical Romance)
In 1899
beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan’s social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City’s elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone --- from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud --- threatens Elizabeth’s and Diana’s golden future.

In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE LUXE.
-Click here to read our interview with Anna Godbersen.
-Click here to read Anna Godbersen’s bio.

 
Click here to read a review of THE LUXE.

 

The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature

2000 marked the debut of the Michael L. Printz Award, which was established to recognize a book that "exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature," according to the Young Adult Library Services Association division of the American Library Association. The Award is named for Michael L. Printz, a former school librarian at Topeka West High School in Kansas. Throughout his career Printz was a respected colleague and teacher, and an active and dedicated member of YALSA. He passed away in 1996.

-This year's winner of the Michael L. Printz Award is THE WHITE DARKNESS by Geraldine McCaughrean.


-Four Printz Honor Books were named: DREAMQUAKE: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox, ONE WHOLE AND PERFECT DAY by Judith Clarke, REPOSSESSED by A. M. Jenkins and YOUR OWN, SYLVIA: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill.
 

Click here to read more about the winner of the Michael L. Printz Award and the honor books.


 

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, established by the Association for Library Service to Children in 2001 with support from Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc., is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois.

-This year's winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is 
THE WALL: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis.

-Two Robert F. Sibert Honor Books were named:
LIGHTSHIP written and illustrated by Brian Floca, and NIC BISHOP SPIDERS written and illustrated by Nic Bishop.

 

Click here to read more about the winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal and the honor books.


 

The Coretta Scott King Award

The Coretta Scott King Award is given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution. The books promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream. The Award is further designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

-This year's winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award is ELIJAH OF BUXTON by Christopher Paul Curtis.

- Two Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books were named: NOVEMBER BLUES by Sharon M. Draper and TWELVE ROUNDS TO GLORY: The Story of Muhammad Ali written by Charles R. Smith Jr. and illustrated by Bryan Collier.

-This year's winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award is LET IT SHINE: Three Favorite Spirituals written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan.

-Two Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books were named: JAZZ ON A SATURDAY NIGHT written and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, and THE SECRET OLIVIA TOLD ME written by N. Joy and illustrated by Nancy Devard.

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The winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Author Talent Award is Sundee T. Frazier, author of BRENDAN BUCKLEY'S UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING IN IT.
 

Click here to read more about the winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and the honor books.

 

The Alex Awards

The Alex Awards are given to 10 books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. The award is sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust and Booklist. Edwards was a young adult specialist for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book FAIR GARDEN AND THE SWARM OF BEASTS, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

-The 2008 Alex Award winners are: AMERICAN SHAOLIN: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China by Matthew Polly, BAD MONKEYS by Matt Ruff, ESSEX COUNTY VOLUME 1: Tales From the Farm by Jeff Lemire, GENGHIS: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden, THE GOD OF ANIMALS by Aryn Kyle, A LONG WAY GONE: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, MISTER PIP by Lloyd Jones, THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss, THE NIGHT BIRDS by Thomas Maltman and THE SPELLMAN FILES by Lisa Lutz.


 
Click here to read more about the winners of the Alex Awards.

 

The Margaret A. Edwards Award

The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, that have been popular over a period of time. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society and in the world.

Orson Scott Card is the recipient of the 2008 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his outstanding lifetime contribution to writing for teens for his novels ENDER’S GAME and ENDER’S SHADOW. An accomplished storyteller, Card weaves the everyday experiences of adolescence into broader narratives, addressing universal questions about humanity and society.

 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

 

The Schneider Family Book Award

The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Three annual awards each consisting of $5,000 and a framed plaque will be given annually in each of the following categories: birth through grade school (age 0-8), middle school (age 9-13) and teens (age 14-18). (Age groupings are approximations). The book must emphasize the artistic expression of the disability experience for children and or adolescent audiences. The book must portray some aspect of living with a disability or that of a friend or family member, whether the disability is physical, mental or emotional.

-This year's winner of the Schneider Family Teen Book Award is
HURT GO HAPPY by Ginny Rorby.


 
Click here to read more about the winners of the Schneider Family Book Award.

 

The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production

The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production, ALA’s newest award, is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. The selection committee may also select honor titles. The Odyssey Award is jointly given, administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of ALA, and is sponsored by Booklist magazine.

-This year's winner of the Odyssey Award is JAZZ by Walter Dean Myers.

-Five Odyssey Honor Books were named: BLOODY JACK: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L.A. Meyer, DOOBY DOOBY MOO by Doreen Cronin, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J.K. Rowling, SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT by Derek Landy and TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson.

 
Click here to read more about the winner of the Odyssey Award and the honor books.

 

Now in Stores: DRAMA HIGH: FRENEMIES by L. Divine

There’s a reason they call this place Drama High...

Jayd Jackson doesn’t know what’s going on with her girl, Nellie. Ever since she got named homecoming princess, she’s been acting like Jayd isn’t her friend anymore. And then there’s Jayd’s boyfriend Jeremy and his new aloof attitude. Jayd’s even starting to question his commitment, and her own. Especially since all she can think about is Rah --- and that surprise kiss he planted on her the other day...

 

Click here to read more about DRAMA HIGH: FRENEMIES.

 

Cool New Books for January

January’s roundup of Cool New Books includes RUNEMARKS, a fresh, funny and wonderfully irreverent new take on the old Norse tales, marking the fantasy debut of bestselling author Joanne Harris; AIRMAN, a story of high adventure from Artemis Fowl creator Eoin Colfer about a boy whose happy, carefree life is changed forever when he discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king; GAME, Walter Dean Myers’s novel about a young man who hopes that his achievements on the basketball court will help him succeed in life off the court; POSEUR by Rachel Maude, the first book in a brand-new series about four teens in L.A. who start their own clothing label; and THE YEAR MY SISTER GOT LUCKY, Aimee Friedman’s humorous yet heartrending story of two sisters and the year they learn about life, love and 4H skills.
 
Click here to read our Cool New Books feature for January.

 

January's New in Paperback Roundup

January’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS, the closing chapter of James Patterson's thrilling Maximum Ride trilogy; SMALL STEPS, Louis Sachar's follow-up to his 1998 bestseller HOLES, in which Theodore Johnson (aka Armpit) tries to turn his life around following his release from Camp Green Lake; GOSSAMER, a contemporary fantasy from two-time Newbery winner Lois Lowry that examines where our dreams and nightmares come from; GOOD GIRLS, a novel by Laura Ruby whose characters explore why some girls are "good" and others are "bad" in the eyes of their peers, teachers and even their families; and Sharon Draper’s COPPER SUN, a work of historical fiction that brings the brutality and horror of slavery to life through the story of one child’s strength and courage --- and hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity.
 
Click here to see what's New in Paperback for January.

 

This Month's Reviews

Teenreads.com Reviews:

PRINCESS MIA: The Princess Diaries, Volume IX by Meg Cabot (Fiction)

The ninth Princess Diaries book contains as many surprises as ever in this fun series, and fans of Mia Thermopolis will not want to miss this newest installment. It’s clear from Mia’s decisions that she’s growing up and getting ready to take on the throne of Genovia. But first she has to recover from her breakup with Michael. And Lily still is not speaking to her. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

-Click here to read an excerpt from PRINCESS MIA.


HOW THEY MET, AND OTHER STORIES by David Levithan (Fiction/Short Stories)
Just in time for Valentine's Day, BOY MEETS BOY author David Levithan offers a collection of stories about love that crosses the borders and boundaries of the human heart, revealing the endless variation of this thing called love. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.


THE SEEMS: THE GLITCH IN SLEEP by John Hulme and Michael Wexler (Fiction/Action & Adventure)
Twelve-year-old Becker Drane works as a Fixer for The Seems, a secret organization that ensures our world keeps running --- and more importantly, sticks to The Plan that’s been made for it. When a Glitch is reported in the Department of Sleep, Becker is dispatched to Fix it, but he’s not so sure this is a routine mission. Reviewed by Brian Farrey.

UNWIND by Neal Shusterman (Science Fiction)
In UNWIND, Neal Shusterman presents a horrifying dystopian version of the future, where "choice" and "life" are meaningless terms and teenagers run the risk of being unwanted and "unwound," a fate that, to three Unwinds, is even worse than death. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE RED QUEEN’S DAUGHTER by Jacqueline Kolosov (Historical Fiction/Fantasy)
Orphaned as a baby because of her mother’s imprudent marriage, Mary Seymour vows never to fall in love or marry. Lady Strange, her mysterious new guardian, offers Mary an extraordinary alternative to marriage: Mary is to become a white magician who will join Queen Elizabeth’s court and ensure the success of the Virgin Queen’s reign. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

PROJECT 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Mystery/Action & Adventure)
On the eve of the demolition of Danvers State Hospital, an abandoned mental institution, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their adventures. But what starts out as a playful dare quickly escalates into a frenzy of nightmarish action. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

A BRIDGE TO THE STARS by Henning Mankell (Fiction)
With A BRIDGE TO THE STARS, Henning Mankell --- the Swedish author of an enormously popular and prize-winning mystery series for adults featuring Inspector Wallander --- broadens his appeal with a thoughtful, heartfelt novel for young people. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

SURE FIRE by Jack Higgins with Justin Richards (Thriller)
For 15-year-old twins Rich and Jade, their lives have just been turned upside down. When their mother is tragically killed in a car crash, their long-lost father John Chance shows up at the funeral. When he suddenly disappears, Rich and Jade uncover the truth: Chance is a spy. And now, whoever kidnapped their father is also after them. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

BIG FAT MANIFESTO by Susan Vaught (Fiction)
Jamie Carcaterra is caught in a whirlwind of activities for her senior year of high school, which includes studying for the ACT, applying to colleges and acting in the school musical. She is also attempting to win the National Feature Award scholarship, and to do that, she is writing an attention-grabbing, attitude-propelling weekly feature for the school paper --- about the realities of living as an overweight teen. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THE SEARCH FOR THE RED DRAGON: The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, Book Two by James A. Owen (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
It has been nine years since John, Jack and Charles had their great adventure in the Archipelago of Dreams and became the Caretakers of the IMAGINARIUM GEOGRAPHICA. Now they have been brought together again to solve a mystery: Someone is kidnapping the children of the Archipelago. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

THE KAYLA CHRONICLES by Sherri Winston (Fiction)
Kayla Dean, junior feminist and future journalist, is about to break the story of a lifetime. She is auditioning for the Lady Lions dance team to prove they discriminate against the not-so-well endowed. But when she makes the team, Kayla is transformed from bushy-haired fashion victim to glammed-up dance diva. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

SUSANNA SEES STARS by Mary Hogan (Fiction)
Fifteen-year-old native New Yorker Susanna Barringer believes she is the luckiest girl in the world. After a clever trick lands her a summer gig at Scene magazine, she expects to spend her vacation interviewing stars and attending “A-list” parties. But her “special internship” at the magazine turns out to be anything but glamorous. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.


-Click here to read our Teenreads.com reviews.


Manga Reviews:

The following reviews are courtesy of the graphic novel review website for teens No Flying No Tights:

FAMILY COMPLEX by Mikiyo Tsuda
While members of his family are absolutely gorgeous, poor Akira has an ugly duckling complex. No matter where they go, the Sakamotos gather everybody's attention and admiration, making things all the more painful for Akira --- because he's so ordinary! Reviewed by Eva Volin.

FLOWER OF LIFE, Volumes 2 and 3 by Fumi Yoshinaga
Once you've been a complete loser in front of your friends, you know they love you despite your flaws. Fumi Yoshinaga’s charming series about a circle of friends in a Japanese high school is all about finding that group that loves you anyway. Reviewed by Robin Brenner.

HARUKAZE BITTER BOP, Volume 1 by Court Betten
Chiyoharu is not having a great day. Or year. Suspended for starting a fire at school with his friends that got out of control, he is now ostracized by students, teachers and his old cohorts. But then Chiyoharu unwillingly attracts two bizarre companions. Reviewed by Robin Brenner.

V.B. ROSE, Volume 1 by Banri Hidaka
Shocked and heartbroken when her beloved older sister announces that she's pregnant and getting married to (in Ageha's mind) the most boring man alive, Ageha stumbles onto the job of a lifetime --- helping to make her sister's wedding dress. Reviewed by Robin Brenner.


ZOMBIE POWDER, Volumes 1-4 by Tite Kubo
Gamma Akutabi, a mysterious man with a black metal hand, wanders a Wild West-like desert world looking for the 12 Rings of the Dead, magical items that are the source of a mysterious substance that can reanimate the dead and give eternal life to the living. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.


-Click here to read our Manga reviews.
 

Christian Fiction Reviews:

Sierra Jensen

TIME WILL TELL - Sierra Jensen: Volume Three, Book Eight by Robin Jones Gunn (Fiction)
Sierra Jensen has just finished the summer of a lifetime. After taking big trips to Europe and California, Sierra’s return home to start her senior year of high school doesn’t seem to be an exciting prospect. In TIME WILL TELL, the eighth installment in Robin Jones Gunn’s Sierra Jensen series, she is faced with a number of challenges that makes life far less than perfect. Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby.

NOW PICTURE THIS - Sierra Jensen: Volume Three, Book Nine by Robin Jones Gunn  (Fiction)
Family has always been a big priority for Sierra Jensen. But when dozens of her extended family members come to stay at her house for Thanksgiving, she finds herself wishing for some peace and quiet. Why? Because a long letter from Paul has just arrived from Scotland, and Sierra would like nothing more than to spend her days and nights poring over it. Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby.

Notes From a Spinning Planet

NOTES FROM A SPINNING PLANET: MEXICO by Melody Carlson (Fiction)
Madison Chase’s holiday break is drawing to a close, and she is eager to leave the gray Washington winter and join her Aunt Sid on a warm vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Maddie is pleasantly surprised when her good friend Ryan McIntire shows up to enjoy the trip with them. But when Ryan runs into his high school crush, Maddie’s jealousy threatens to spoil their sun-drenched days. Reviewed by Michele Howe.


-Click here to read our Christian Fiction reviews.


Recent Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens:

THE MIDDLE PLACE by Kelly Corrigan (Memoir)
For Kelly Corrigan, family is everything. She has a wonderful husband, two adorable children and a satisfying career. But she lives firmly in what she calls “The Middle Place” --- “that sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap.” THE
MIDDLE PLACE is a book about family --- about calling home, being home, returning home and making a home. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.

BORN STANDING UP: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin (Memoir)
Warning: if you only know Steve Martin as the Wild and Crazy Guy from “Saturday Night Live,” or as the popular star of Hollywood comedies, be prepared to wrestle your envy at discovering yet another of his multiple talents: writing. In BORN STANDING UP, Martin sets out to examine the roots and flowering of his hugely successful stand-up career. Reviewed by Eileen Zimmerman Nicol.

DOGFACE by Jeff Garigliano (Fiction)
Jeff Garigliano's debut novel is a dark, compulsively readable exploration of punishment and redemption. Set in a hellish wilderness camp for delinquent teens, DOGFACE is simultaneously wrenchingly violent and sincerely compassionate, darkly funny and achingly sad. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

TEENAGE WAISTLAND: A Former Fat-Camper Weighs in on Living Large, Losing Weight, And How Parents Can (And Can't) Help by Abby Ellin (Memoir)
We all know that obesity in kids (as well as in adults) is a problem in the
United States. Here, a once-overweight teen presents the situation, the varied attempts at solutions and her own story in a frank, funny and heartbreaking manner that makes for a true page-turner. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.


-Click here to read the Bookreporter.com titles perfect for teens.
 


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