Teen Book Reviews

THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD by D.E. Night
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2017

"Harry Potter-like threads spun into a fresh, enjoyable mix of magic and mystery."
A teenage orphan enters a curious school and encounters mysteries and dangerous secrets in this first installment of a debut YA fantasy series. Read full book review >
THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 18, 2017

"A doorstopper with a total shakeup of an ending: don't miss this splendid series opener. (map) (Historical fantasy. 12-adult)"
Gangs, immigrants, and the rich keeping the poor down, with a twist. Read full book review >

WITCHTOWN by Cory Putman Oakes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 18, 2017

"This uncomplicated, romantic story will charm reluctant readers who want a little magic but not all the tedious rituals. (map) (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Modern witches have relationship problems, too. Read full book review >
THE WENDY PROJECT by Melissa Jane Osborne
Released: July 18, 2017

"An ethereal and haunting exploration of grief and death. (Graphic fiction. 12-adult)"
In this heart-wrenching graphic novel, a teen girl responsible for her younger brother's death must decide to accept the harsh reality or lose herself in escapist denial. Read full book review >
FRAGILE LIKE US by Sara Barnard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 18, 2017

"A beautiful, heartfelt appreciation of the importance of girls' friendships. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Barnard's debut is a very different kind of love story. Read full book review >

WHAT GOES UP by Katie Kennedy
Released: July 18, 2017

"Likable characters and laugh-out-loud dialogue will make this a winning choice for reluctant readers and science-fiction fans alike. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
Teens vie for two spots in NASA's Interworlds Agency in this fast-paced, funny caper through the near future. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY OF FATES by Aditi Khorana
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 18, 2017

"The complexity of the folklore and its romantic twists will engage fantasy readers on many levels. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Indian folklore drives the fate of a princess and her homeland. Read full book review >
THE SPECIAL ONES by Em Bailey
Released: July 18, 2017

"A complex, enthralling page-turner. (Thriller. 12-17)"
A teenage girl struggles to survive as one of four young spiritual guides held captive by a mysterious cult leader in this chiller from Australia. Read full book review >
I SEE LONDON, I SEE FRANCE by Sarah Mlynowski
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 11, 2017

"A fine escape for teens who like their Belgian waffles with ice cream and their chips with vinegar. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When two college-age best friends take a backpacking trip across Europe, their relationship with each other—and men both familiar and new—is put to the test. Read full book review >
THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED by Paula Stokes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 11, 2017

"A sobering exploration of absolution. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A terrible accident shatters a teen girl's life. Read full book review >
THE ART OF STARVING by Sam J. Miller
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 11, 2017

"A dark and lovely tale of supernatural vengeance and self-destruction. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A bullied gay boy harnesses trippy, starvation-induced powers to avenge the disappearance of his beloved sister. Read full book review >
WHO'S THAT GIRL by Blair Thornburgh
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 11, 2017

"A light, funny romance that offers few surprises but a fair degree of satisfaction. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A teen is unwittingly vaulted into the limelight by her old crush when his band hits the charts with a song that he seems to have written about her. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >