Teen Book Reviews

THE MEMORY BOOK by Lara  Avery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2016

"Indelible. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A high school valedictorian with big plans to flee her small town gets a degenerative genetic disease. Read full book review >
FLYING by Carrie Jones
Released: July 19, 2016

"Funny and fast-moving, with a compelling setup for potential sequels. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
A bubbly, affectionate cheerleader must rescue her mother from an out-of-this-world danger. Read full book review >

CHILDREN OF THE SPIDER by Imam Baksh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Guyanese author Baksh weaves a mesmerizing web in his debut. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Mayali is a fugitive from her home world of Zolpash, which is ruled by the Spider gods and their armies, who now have plans to invade Earth—it's up to Mayali to thwart them. Read full book review >
THE SEASON by Jonah Lisa Dyer
Released: July 12, 2016

"Ultimately, though a season undoubtedly presents conflicts for its participants, Megan's are unlikely to resonate with most modern readers. (Fiction. 14-18)"
College soccer defines 20-year-old Megan's life, until her mom forces her to participate in an exclusive debutante season. Read full book review >
THE CRIMSON SKEW by S.E. Grove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A triumphant conclusion to a prodigious feat of storytelling. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
The Mapmakers trilogy concludes with Sophia Tims still searching for her missing parents and, while she's at it, trying to prevent a cataclysmic war. Read full book review >

SHINY BROKEN PIECES by Sona Charaipotra
Released: July 12, 2016

"An addicting thriller that will make anyone who loves ballet clamor for another installment. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Three girls compete for two coveted company spots in New York's prestigious American Ballet Company, and someone is willing to kill for them. Read full book review >
THE LOST & FOUND by Katrina Leno
Released: July 5, 2016

"The plot's flawed, but it's executed by characters readers can believe in and care about. (Magical realism. 13-16)"
Two teens on opposite coasts who've bonded closely in an anonymous online therapy group for trauma victims embark with companions on cross-country road trips to meet in Austin, Texas. Read full book review >
THE DRAWING LESSON by Mark Crilley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"An original and accessible way to learn to draw. (Graphic nonfiction. 10-14)"
This 144-page book delivers exactly what it promises: a graphic novel that teaches readers to draw. Read full book review >
Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A successful story of a young woman's journey through grief."
In this YA coming-of-age novel, a teenage girl who's lost her best friend must learn how to open her heart again. Read full book review >
BEFORE WE GO EXTINCT by Karen Rivers
Released: June 28, 2016

"JC's voice, spoken and unspoken, rings with a note of authenticity. (Fiction. 12-17)"
A summer with his estranged father on an island in the Pacific Northwest helps JC come to grips with his best friend's death. Read full book review >
AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Addictive intrigue that will send readers to history books as a balm while waiting for the sequel. (dramatis personae, glossary, author's note; not seen) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A historical reimagining that asks: what if Vlad the Impaler had been a woman? Read full book review >
MIRROR IN THE SKY by Aditi Khorana
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Like a space explorer, Tara is thrust into the uncharted territory of life and must decide how she will navigate this new part of herself. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
New friends and the discovery of a new planet cause one teen to question her life on Earth—and beyond. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >