Teen Book Reviews

WHEN MORNING COMES by Arushi Raina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"This timely reminder of the power and passion of young people contextualizes current student protests by honoring those of the past. (historical note, glossary, glossary sources) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
In her debut novel, Raina applies the now-familiar "teenage girl takes on the government" trope to the Soweto uprising of June 1976. Read full book review >
ANOTHER CASTLE by Andrew Wheeler
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"Quirky, unconventional, and a lot of fun. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
A royal damsel, finding herself in distress, decides to save the day—and not one, but two kingdoms. Read full book review >

REVENGE OF THE EVIL LIBRARIAN by Michelle Knudsen
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Campy, from the setting to the humor to the horror, and all the better for it. (Humorous horror. 13 & up)"
Take one part humor, add an equal part horror, and spice with teenage drama (musical and romantical) for a (slightly grim) laugh. Read full book review >
THE WISH GRANTER by C.J. Redwine
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Satisfying fare for fantasy fans. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
In a companion book to The Shadow Queen (2016), Ari becomes a reluctant princess when her brother makes a disastrous deal with the notorious Wish Granter. Read full book review >
ONES AND ZEROES by Dan Wells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A high-tech, futuristic Ocean's Eleven with teens. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Do you matter? Are you a one or a zero? Read full book review >

LAST DAY ON MARS by Kevin Emerson
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Enigmatic enemies, sabotage, space travel, and short, bone-wracking bits of time travel make for a banging adventure. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
All remaining humans are leaving Mars for a distant planet, but departure day goes sideways. Read full book review >
MWD by Brian David Johnson
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A nuanced and skillfully composed snapshot of one woman's postwar struggle to live. (Graphic novel. 14 & up)"
A gritty, hard-hitting, and honest portrayal of one young woman's difficult journey to putting the pieces of her life back together after serving in the Iraq War. Read full book review >
WE ARE OKAY by Nina LaCour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An elegantly crafted paean to the cleansing power of truth. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
"If only lonely were a more accurate word. It should sound much less pretty." Read full book review >
GIRL RISING by Tanya Lee Stone
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A moving account of hardships and triumphs that is bound to inspire future activists, this is a devastating but crucial read. (author's note, appendix, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
Although unfortunate circumstances in developing countries prevent girls from getting educations, nevertheless they remain resilient. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >
PIECING ME TOGETHER by Renée Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A timely, nuanced, and unforgettable story about the power of art, community, and friendship. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Jade dreams of success beyond her neighborhood despite the prejudices that surround her. Read full book review >
AMERICAN STREET by Ibi Zoboi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This book will take root in readers' hearts. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Fabiola Toussaint is a black immigrant girl whose life is flipped upside down when she moves to Detroit, Michigan, from her homeland of Haiti and her mother is detained by ICE, leaving her to go on alone. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >