Teen Book Reviews

STING by Jude Watson
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Thrilling and exciting; the perfect choice for a quick read. (Thriller. 10-16)"
Can four teens successfully steal three sapphires and then elude a determined FBI agent, a nasty international crime syndicate, and worse yet, the rare, supposedly caring adults in their lives? Read full book review >
PATHS & PORTALS by Gene Luen Yang
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Between the creativity-encouraging coding lessons and the character-driven plotlines, this sequel charms from PenDown to PenUp. (Graphic fiction. 8-14)"
Following Secret Coders (2015), Hopper, Josh, and Eni unlock more of Stately Academy's secrets—but they learn they aren't the only ones doing so. Read full book review >

LION ISLAND by Margarita Engle
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A fierce portrait of a young man's discovery of power through words. (historical background, historical note, references, further reading) (Historical verse/fiction. 11-16)"
This verse novel presents a fictionalized account of a real historical figure who used the power of words to help end forced labor in 19th-century Cuba. Read full book review >
GIRL IN PIECES by Kathleen Glasgow
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This grittily provocative debut explores the horrors of self-harm and the healing power of artistic expression. (author's note) (Fiction. 14 & up)"
After surviving a suicide attempt, a fragile teen isn't sure she can endure without cutting herself. Read full book review >
DON'T YOU TRUST ME? by Patrice Kindl
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A chilling reminder that sociopaths aren't always coldblooded serial killers; sometimes they're the girl next door. (Thriller. 13-18)"
Fifteen-year-old "white-bread-white" Morgan is one of the "cold people": she lacks a conscience; love and fear don't apply to her; she's indestructible; and she never does anything for anyone unless there's something in it for her. Read full book review >

IN-BETWEEN DAYS by Vikki Wakefield
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Fans of realistic fiction will be all in and will relish the gorgeous writing. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Seventeen-year-old Jack (short for Jacklin) has left home and now lives with her sister, who is also estranged from their parents, in their small Australian town of Mobius. Read full book review >
JUST KILL ME by Adam Selzer
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Fascinating history, witty Disney references, and a dash of homicide; what more could anyone want? (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In his latest novel, Selzer (Play Me Backwards, 2014, etc.) brings together ghost tours, the Oxford English Dictionary, and the pitfalls of online dating in a darkly humorous collision. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A confident debut that is at once ominous and laugh-out-loud funny. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A high school student in modern-day Japan must defeat vengeful mountain demons using powers he never knew he had in this uproariously offbeat debut novel. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Paranormal Activity meets The Exorcist in this chilling, well-crafted tale of a black teen girl's struggle to make sense of horrifying forces within her. (Horror. 14 & up)"
A terrifying illness tied to the occult threatens the life of a black girl who blogs about beauty. Read full book review >
THE CALL by Peadar O'Guilin
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Though the plot is not terrifically original, readers will root for the book's disabled protagonist to survive. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Vanessa Doherty is a 14-year-old white lass who attends Boyle Survival College, one of many in Ireland that serve only to teach its youth how to survive the Call of the Sídhe. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A sweet, sexy, honest teen romance that just happens to involve two girls—all the more charming for being so very ordinary. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An evangelical lesbian in a small Southern town stumbles on the road to true love—but not for the expected reasons. Read full book review >
SPONTANEOUS by Aaron Starmer
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A blood-soaked, laugh-filled, tear-drenched, endlessly compelling read. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A small New Jersey town is rocked by a disastrous phenomenon. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >