Teen Book Reviews

RAZORHURST by Justine Larbalestier
Released: March 3, 2015

"Larbalestier pulls no punches with the gruesome, gory details about the violence of poverty, and the result is a dark, unforgettable and blood-soaked tale of outlaws and masterminds. (glossary, author's note) (Historical suspense. 14 & up)"
Kelpie sees ghosts. Read full book review >
SORCERESS by Claudia Gray
Released: March 3, 2015

"Entertaining and substantial, satisfying and subversive—either way, it's a treat. (Paranormal suspense. 13-17)"
To save the people of Captive's Sound, Nadia bound herself as apprentice to 400-year-old witch Elizabeth Pike; now Nadia's friends seek to free her and to stop Elizabeth's master, the One Beneath, from entering the world. Read full book review >

THE WINNER'S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski
Released: March 3, 2015

"Enthralling, agonizing and incandescent. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The middle entry in a fantasy trilogy brings new players to the game while exponentially raising the stakes. Read full book review >
LEGENDS by Howard Bryant
Released: March 3, 2015

"A terrific gathering of heroic hacks and legendary near misses, ideal as a companion for systematic histories such as Lawrence Ritter's ripe-for-updating Story of Baseball (3rd edition, 1999). (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A sports fan's delight: historical highlights (and lowlights), tributes to great players and lots of "Top Ten" lists ripe for vigorous second guessing. Read full book review >
MOSQUITOLAND by David Arnold
Released: March 3, 2015

"Mesmerizing. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Encounters both dangerous and wonder-filled with fellow travelers prompt 16-year-old runaway Mim to scrutinize her perceptions about herself, her family and the world she inhabits. Read full book review >

DEAD TO ME by Mary McCoy
Released: March 3, 2015

"Step aside, Nancy Drew; this dark mystery holds nothing back. (Historical mystery. 13 & up)"
A privileged girl turns detective in a gritty noir thriller about the not-so-glamorous side of Hollywood in the 1940s. Read full book review >
THE DEAD I KNOW by Scot Gardner
Released: March 3, 2015

"Simply told and powerfully moving. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A taciturn teen finds solace as a funeral director-in-training. Read full book review >
FATAL FEVER by Gail Jarrow
Released: March 3, 2015

"A top-notch addition to the popular topic of deadly diseases. (timeline, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
This engrossing story about Typhoid Mary relates the grim history of typhoid fever, which killed tens of thousands of Americans in the early 1900s. Read full book review >
THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe
Released: March 3, 2015

"Exhilarating and indicting. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Less Than Zero (1985) meets Catcher in the Rye (1951) in this biting bildungsroman.Read full book review >
Released: March 3, 2015

"A smart, insightful love letter to line-crossing individualists. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Etta, self-described "rich black was-ballerina," is blessed with a strong will and personality to match and an enviable gift for achieving her goals—if only she knew what they were. Read full book review >
DEATH MARKED by Leah Cypess
Released: March 3, 2015

"Somber and disquieting but alight with flickers of hope. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A sorceress without magic navigates lies, treachery and despair in this thoughtful conclusion to the fantasy duology that began with Death Sworn (2014).Read full book review >
BONE GAP by Laura Ruby
Released: March 3, 2015

"Cleverly conceived and lusciously written. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A teenage boy wrestles against forces real and imagined in a small, rural town named Bone Gap. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >