Teen Book Reviews

HURRICANE KISS by Deborah Blumenthal
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 2016

"A neatly wrought, effective survival tale. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Two teens find themselves alone as a Category 5 hurricane threatens Houston. Read full book review >
ONE THOUSAND WORDS FOR WAR by Madeline Smoot
Released: May 1, 2016

"Useful fare for creative-writing classes but more significantly, an above-average set of takes on a worthy theme. (Science fiction/fantasy short stories. 11-14)"
Nineteen rising stars answer a challenge to write in a distinctive narrative frame native to East Asian literature, offering visions of alien contact, escape from repression, and exploits in alternate, virtual, and extraterrestrial worlds. Read full book review >

DOUBLE DOWN by Gwenda Bond
Released: May 1, 2016

"A must read for comics fans and mystery enthusiasts alike. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Following the events of Fallout (2015), Lois Lane is still settling into her new life in Metropolis. Read full book review >
A SMALL MADNESS by Dianne Touchell
Released: May 1, 2016

"Told with compassion and empathy, a conversation-starting look at the dangers of keeping a pregnancy secret. (Fiction. 14-18)"
High school couple Rose and Michael deal with the devastating consequences of her insistence that an unexpected pregnancy simply isn't real in this Australian import. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2016

"A suitable introduction to the field of law enforcement with a salutary, rarely seen focus. (author's note, introduction, resources, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 13-18)"
This small but ambitious book in the Women of Action series profiles 16 American women who were or are involved in law enforcement, describing their specific jobs while simultaneously showing the painfully slow entry of women into this field. Read full book review >

THE ART OF NOT BREATHING by Sarah Alexander
Released: April 26, 2016

"In a breathtaking setting, this is a fresh and vivid take on the long-term effects of a child's death on a family. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Since the death of her twin brother, Elsie's family has fallen apart. Read full book review >
THE INCIDENT ON THE BRIDGE by Laura McNeal
Released: April 26, 2016

"Expert pacing will keep readers turning the pages until they know Thisbe's fate. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A girl disappears after last being seen standing on a bridge: she must have jumped…right? Read full book review >
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING by Avi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"What Oedipus didn't know about the intricacies of father/son kinship could fill a book—and has. (Short stories. 10 & up)"
Multiaward-winning author Avi asks as an epigraph, "What's the most important thing you can do for your son?" Read full book review >
GREAT FALLS by Steve Watkins
Released: April 26, 2016

"A gripping, moving, disturbing tale of homecoming. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Two brothers try to flee their demons on a canoe trip. Read full book review >
DOWN WITH THE SHINE by Kate Karyus Quinn
Released: April 26, 2016

"Contemporary fiction with a touch of magic and a hint of horror, Quinn's latest defies traditional labels and offers readers a different sort of fictitious escape. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Eighteen-year-old Lennie Cash hasn't had it easy. Read full book review >
THE LONELY ONES by Kelsey Sutton
Released: April 26, 2016

"There is no excess here. There are no distractions. Fain's story is simply a brilliantly crafted coming-of-age novel that will appeal to the hearts and minds of all readers who have ever felt alone. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Still reeling from the effects of the recession that has thrown her family into financial turmoil and the loss of her best friend, who moved away, high school student Fain Frederick seeks solace in the only place she can find it: her own imagination. Read full book review >
TWO SUMMERS by Aimee Friedman
Released: April 26, 2016

"A lightly philosophical summer romance for any time of year. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Are there infinite realities in which every possible permutation of our choices exists? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >