Books by Patrick Jones

TEEN INCARCERATION by Patrick Jones
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An accessible, informative introduction to the topic. (photos, source notes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
The complicated history and issues surrounding the punishment of teenage offenders is concisely and thoughtfully discussed in this examination of the juvenile-justice system outside and inside prison walls. Read full book review >
HEART OR MIND by Patrick Jones
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2016

"This book's advent comes too closely to North Minneapolis' recent and long-term misfortunes created from poverty, high unemployment, gentrification—and, yes, police brutality—to warrant a fictional tragedy, even if it's based on a classic one. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Once again, the Bard provides the framework for tragically misunderstood young love—but must he? Read full book review >
FREEDOM FLIGHT by Patrick Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Although little recent fiction deals with children of damaged veterans, there are numerous outstanding works about addicted parents that would resonate more with readers than this weak title. (Fiction. 11-16)"
High school sophomore Paige's mother, a captain in the military, has just come home from Afghanistan, seemingly a welcome event. Read full book review >
COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Patrick Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Jones is known for his edgy teen fiction, but here edgy gives way to trite. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Tyshawn's father has come back from Afghanistan with a brain injury, and he and his mother have to find ways to cope with the resulting massive changes in their lives. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE TUNNEL by Patrick Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Pungent but also sour. (Fiction. 11-18)"
An uneasy story of entitlement gone wrong, first in a series about the players on an Ohio high school football team. Read full book review >
ULTIMATE FIGHTING by Patrick Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"As a sports historian, Jones has done a thorough job, but it's for MMA fans only. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
An overview of the sport known as mixed martial arts and some of its players, from fight-fan Jones. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Jones shows that the best professional wrestling is a kind of primal theater, and a far cry from the much more brutal mixed martial arts, which is sadly eclipsing its fan base. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
A tight yet thorough history of wrestling as "sports entertainment"—read that as meaning staged—from Jones. Read full book review >
THE WOLF'S MOON by Patrick Jones
Released: Jan. 11, 2012

"Jones' skill elevates this novel from what could have been a clichéd hash of elements into an exciting, if rough-edged, debut."
It's all too easy to let the ghosts you see consume you—but the very things that haunt you can often keep you alive and fighting, as the mysterious widower Mark Lansdowne discovers in Jones' debut novel. Read full book review >
THE TEAR COLLECTOR by Patrick Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Though the story construction can be awkward—a schoolful of stereotyped teens mumbles constantly, while Cassandra's antagonist is too evil for belief—this reworking of supernatural romance will surely please fans of the genre. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Most supernatural romances match an everyday young woman with a dangerous and Byronic magical boy. Read full book review >
STOLEN CAR by Patrick Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"The ending, a long, morally treacherous set-piece during which the reader finally learns Ashley's heavily foreshadowed secret, is hard to buy. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In this hard story set in a hardscrabble world, 15-year-old Danielle is struggling to change her life. Read full book review >
CHEATED by Patrick Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2008

"For a similar concept with a better execution, see Chris Lynch's Inexcusable (2005). (Fiction. YA)"
Mick Salisbury just can't win: He caught his dad cheating on his mom and he got caught cheating on his girlfriend Nicole. Read full book review >
CHASING TAIL LIGHTS by Patrick Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Emo teens and fans of Dave Pelzer's books will love the oceans of angst and the many dire situations Christy and her friends and family face and eventually survive. (Fiction. YA)"
Although she's smart and fast on her feet, Christy is sure her life in Flint, Mich. is going nowhere. Read full book review >
NAILED by Patrick Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"Readers will hurt for Bret when he falls, cheer for him when he triumphs and feel glad for the privilege of getting to know him. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old Bret loves three things: his band, his acting and his funky, free-spirited girlfriend. Read full book review >
THINGS CHANGE by Patrick Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2004

"While Jones's writing needs sharpening, often straining to be hip especially in his dialogues, this is a decent effort from a first-time author that deserves a wide readership because of its subject. (Fiction. 12+)"
Jones examines the neglected subject of dating violence. Read full book review >