Friday, August 19, 2011

Blog Tour: Auslander - Paul Dowswell - Author Book Picks

Paul Dowswell is here today with an Author Book Picks post courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for his book, Auslander. Thank you for being here today, Paul! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner. Enjoy!

Here are some of the books I’ve read recently:

Adult books

We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver. An extraordinary book about parents and children build around the relationship between a school massacre perpetrator and his mother. So beautifully told, you’d never guess that Shriver isn’t even a parent.

The Archivist’s Tale by Travis Holland. A short, chilling story about Stalin’s Russia. Prose as rich as fruit cake.

Triksta by Nik Cohn. Cohn writes brilliantly, and immensely readably, about a musical form I don’t even like, in this report on the New Orleans Rap scene.

Young adult books

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. I’m not a S-F/Fantasy reader, but Reeve’s story about mobile, futuristic cities, prowling around a post-apocalyptic landscape, had me hooked to the end.

Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks. A brilliantly evocative contemporary tale that captures the painful awkwardness of teenage life.

Rowan the Strange by Julie Hearn. Childhood schizophrenia during the Second World War. A fascinating and harrowing read.

Oh, and can I also recommend these great British young adult authors with a book apiece:

Cathy MacPhail Another Me
Jenny Valentine Finding Violet Park
Helen Grant The Glass Demon
Tim Bowler Bloodchild
Gillian Cross The Dark Behind the Curtain

Thank you for this brilliant book list, Paul, and thank you so much for being here today! 

Paul Dowswell can be found on his website


A chilling and thought-provoking thriller about a Polish orphan's subversion of Nazi ideals.

When Peter's parents are killed, he is sent to an orphanage in Warsaw, Poland. But Peter is Volksdeutscher-of German blood. With his blond hair and blue eyes, he looks just like the boy on the Hitler Youth poster. The Nazis decide he is racially valuable. Indeed, a prominent German family is pleased to adopt such a fine Aryan specimen into their household. But despite his new "family," Peter feels like a foreigner-an ausländer-and he is forming his own ideas about what he sees and what he's told. He doesn't want to be a Nazi. So he takes a risk-the most dangerous one he could possibly choose in 1942 Berlin. . . .

Paul Dowswell weaves meticulous research into a thrilling narrative, exposing a different angle of the horrors of Nazi Germany.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.

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