Adventure Book Reviews

THE SURVIVORS by Will Weaver
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"Sobering, thoroughly credible and, ultimately, optimistic about the chances of our better natures triumphing when the going gets rough. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
A family fleeing rapidly degenerating social order caused by world-changing volcanic eruptions finds respite and new heart in this well-crafted sequel to Memory Boy (2001). Read full book review >
THE ODYSSEY by Sam Ita
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Homer himself would be agog. (Pop-up classic. 10-13)"
A highlight-reel version of Odysseus' journey home, framed as a graphic novel and plastered with fantastically dramatic pop-ups and other special effects. Read full book review >

SEIZURE by Kathy Reichs
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"These characters are keepers. (Thriller. 12 & up)"
Tory Brennan, 14, and her friends are still trying to determine exactly what happened to them following the events of the series opener (Virals, 2010). Read full book review >
DESERT ANGEL by Charlie Price
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Relentless, heart-stopping suspense. (Thriller. 12 & up)"
A taut thriller about Angel, a 14-year-old who is pursued by a man who has a deadly need to silence her. Read full book review >
SECRETS AT SEA by Richard Peck
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2011

"Sheer delight. (final art not seen) (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
Problem novels, ghost stories, historical fiction—is there anything Newbery Medalist Peck cannot do? Apparently not. Read full book review >

AROUND THE WORLD by Matt Phelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Three true tales of adventure as grand and admirable in the telling as they were in the doing. (Graphic nonfiction. 10-13)"
With uncommon perception and a flair for visual drama, Phelan tracks three intrepid souls' solo journeys around the world. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"This resilient and exuberant heroine deserves a stamp of approval. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Jacky Faber must once again fight and flirt her way across land and sea to reach her beloved Jaimy Fletcher in the ninth book of this stirring historical series. Read full book review >
A WEB OF AIR by Philip Reeve
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Imaginative, inventive and exciting. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
Fever Crumb is back! Read full book review >
LOVE, MOUSERELLA by David Ezra Stein
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Sometimes snail mail is just better. Here's proof. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bestrewing lined sheets with crayon drawings, Polaroids, smudges, a ketchup packet (not a real one) and other signs of affection, a mouseling writes a newsy love note to her Grandmouse. Read full book review >
A STORM CALLED KATRINA by Myron Uhlberg
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Simple, affecting prose and intricate, inspired paintings make this one worth sharing for sure. (author's note). (Picture book. 9-12)"
A heartrending story of a New Orleans family's experience through Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >
NOW IS THE TIME FOR RUNNING by Michael Williams
ADVENTURE
Released: July 5, 2011

"Williams, a renowned dramatist, gives readers compelling characters and, in simple language, delivers a complicated story rooted—sadly and upliftingly—in very real events. (author's note, glossary) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A harrowing tale of modern Zimbabwe. Read full book review >
SHARKS & BOYS by Kristen Tracy
ADVENTURE
Released: June 28, 2011

"William Golding updated with humor. (Adventure. 12-17)"
Thoughtless teen behavior leads four sets of twins on a deadly adventure in a horribly realistic but often very funny survival tale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >