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   October 15, 2014          BOOKLIST

Spotlight on First Novels
Top 10 First Novels
Cart Blanche: It Might    Have Been
Children Are Prey    Sometimes
Top 10 First Novels For    Youth
The Strange Journey of    the Martian: An Indie    Success Story
Top 10 First Novels on    Audio
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column_carte-blanche Carte Blanche: It Might Have Been
By Michael Cart

First novels. Where would literature be without them? Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719) is generally regarded as being the first one in English, though some have argued the honor should go, instead, to Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur (1485) or John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress(1678). The first novel for children is less ambiguous, generally thought to be Little Goody Two Shoes (1765). Its full title is worth noting, since it’s nearly as long as the book itself.

children-are-prey-sometimes Children Are Prey Sometimes: Why The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer Is a YA Classic
By Daniel Kraus

Twenty-four years ago, a quick print tie-in to the TV series Twin Peaks was published, and like the show itself, the book continues to haunt.

There are two synopses one could write for Jennifer Lynch’sThe Secret Diary of Laura Palmer. The first: it told the backstory of Laura Palmer, the troubled Homecoming queen whose murder kicked off the show Twin Peaks, and it offered clues to the soon-to-be-revealed murderer.

top10-first_novels_audio Top 10 First Novels on Audio for Youth and Adults
By Joyce Saricks

These debut adult and youth novels, reviewed from October 2013 through October 2014, stand out as memorable performances.

Better Nate than Ever. By Tim Federle. Read by the author. 2013. 6hr. Recorded Books, CD, $51.75 (9781470369385). Gr. 5–8.

Talented author Federle proves himself an equally skillful narrator, portraying Nate, a 13-year-old musical-theater fanatic, on his entertaining and amusing adventure in the Big Apple, where he auditions for a Broadway extravaganza.

top10-first_novels_youth_f1.jpgTop 10 First Novels for Youth: 2014
By Sarah Hunter

A magical-realist romance, a gutsy exploration of gender identity, a sci-fi thriller, and a dandy middle-grade fantasy adventure account for just a few of this year’s 10 best first novels, reviewed in Booklist from October 1, 2013, to September 15, 2014.

Althea & Oliver. By Cristina Moracho. 2014. Viking, $17.99 (9780670785391). Gr. 10–12.

top10-first_novels_f1.jpg Top 10 First Novels: 2014
By Donna Seaman

The 10 best first novels reviewed in Booklist between October 15, 2013, and October 1, 2014, take us from Chicago to India, the past to the near-future as characters with complicated legacies struggle within troubled families and struggling societies to find their way forward. Evoking melancholy, outrage, and humor, these debuts are striking in their originality and resonance.

Bedrock Faith. By Eric Charles May. 2014. Akashic, paper, $16.95 (9781617751967).
great-reads Great Reads: Horror Directors Who Became Authors
By Daniel Kraus

Few literary genres lean as much upon their cinematic equivalents as horror. Attend any panel of horror authors and listen as they cite more films than books as influences. But, unless I am mistaken—and I’d like to be mistaken, so please correct me—crossovers between the two camps are dreadfully infrequent. Below is a list of horror filmmakers who dared stray into the deep, dark woods of the novel.

Black Light, by Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, and Stephen Romano

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