Teen Book Reviews

TINY PRETTY THINGS by Sona Charaipotra
Released: May 26, 2015

"A page-turner with a heart. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Harassment and manipulation abound at a competitive feeder school for New York's American Ballet Company. Read full book review >
THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH by Bill Konigsberg
Released: May 26, 2015

"Equal parts funny and profound. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A straight, white wisecracking atheist from New York City finds both his mind and heart opened when he spends a summer in Billings, Montana, with his estranged, dying father. Read full book review >

IMMACULATE by Katelyn Detweiler
Released: May 26, 2015

"Detweiler's ambitious debut takes an intriguing premise and executes it well. (Fiction. 14-18)"
There's nothing like being a pregnant virgin to ruin your senior year of high school. Read full book review >
DIME by E.R. Frank
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Dime's desire to save her friend transcends artifice and approaches heroism, making for a tremendously affecting novel. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Frank's first novel since Wrecked (2005) is a searing examination of teenage prostitution.Read full book review >
THE CAGE by Megan  Shepherd
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2015

"A riff on a Twilight Zone plot unfolds into a richly drawn alien dystopian replete with romance and horror. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Six teenagers face a life of captivity in an alien-designed human zoo. Read full book review >

Released: May 26, 2015

"Wise, inspirational, and thoroughly readable. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
The founder and director of Everyday Ambassador, an organization to combat digital isolation, provides wisdom for those interested in making real and positive impacts. Read full book review >
THE NOTORIOUS PAGAN JONES by Nina Berry
Released: May 26, 2015

"Scary in all the right places, with a strong setup for the sequel. (Suspense. 13-15)"
In 1961, a troubled but immensely clever starlet is roped into dangerous Cold War intrigue. Read full book review >
THE OCTOPUS SCIENTISTS by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Science in the field at its best. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
An international team of scientists with varied focuses work together on a remote South Pacific island to study octopus behaviors. Read full book review >
KISSING IN AMERICA by Margo Rabb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Wise, inspiring, and ultimately uplifting—not to be missed. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Best friends leave New York City for the first time and take a transformative road trip to Los Angeles. Read full book review >
THE AWESOME by Eva Darrows
Released: May 21, 2015

"Maggie's adventurous baptism-by-undead provides enough complications to set up a sequel—readers will not want to wait long for it. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
An apprentice monster hunter will never be promoted if she doesn't get her freak on. Read full book review >
A SENSE OF THE INFINITE by Hilary T. Smith
Released: May 19, 2015

"A fearless writer ably tackles a difficult story. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Senior year changes everything. Read full book review >
SCARLETT UNDERCOVER by Jennifer Latham
Released: May 19, 2015

"This whip-smart, determined, black Muslim heroine brings a fresh hard-boiled tone to the field of teen mysteries. (Mystery. 12-15)"
A 16-year-old gumshoe's new case reveals ancient—perhaps magical—family secrets. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >