Teen Book Reviews

THE BLIND WISH by Amber Lough
Released: July 28, 2015

"Enjoyable, thoughtful, packed with action, consequences, and a few kisses—readers will wish for a third book right away. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
The Middle Eastern-influenced jinn microtrend continues, as do the adventures of half-human, half-jinni twins Najwa and Zayele begun in The Fire Wish (2014). Read full book review >
ADRIFT by Paul Griffin
Released: July 28, 2015

"This fast-paced survival adventure makes an excellent crucible for Griffin's examination of class. (Adventure. 12-16)"
Two buddies who have been through trauma together before find themselves with three relative strangers out on the open Atlantic, where survival becomes extremely uncertain. Read full book review >

CHEATING FOR THE CHICKEN MAN by Priscilla Cummings
Released: July 15, 2015

"Realistically presenting the situational rather than absolute nature of some difficult choices, this engrossing novel provides lots to ponder and discuss. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kate Tyler compromises her own values to protect her brother from bullying in this follow-up to Cummings' The Red Kayak (2004).Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN SPECIFIC by S.E. Grove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Brilliantly imagined and full of wonder. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
In the second installment of the Mapmakers trilogy, Sophia Tims goes on a journey in search of her parents in a world broken apart by the Great Disruption of 1799. Read full book review >
NO SUCH PERSON by Caroline B. Cooney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"Haunting, harrowing, and hard to put down. (Mystery. 13 & up)"
Slowly and methodically, the tale unfolds of how two sisters spending the summer at their family cottage on the shore of the Connecticut River find themselves at the center of a murder investigation. Read full book review >

A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES by Patrice Kindl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"This airy soufflé of a tale, garnished with quirky charm, is an unmitigated delight from start to finish. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Several years after the events of Keeping the Castle (2012), the Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy has opened in the rainy hamlet of Lesser Hoo. The school's mission: to ready eight young ladies, ages 12 to 19, for the marriage market. Read full book review >
ABOUT A GIRL by Sarah McCarry
Released: July 14, 2015

"Fluid and aching, with a diverse cast and rich worldbuilding. (Urban fantasy. 14-18)"
Tally, the scientist daughter of now-vanished Aurora from All Our Pretty Songs (2013), leaves her cozy New York home in search of blood family.Read full book review >
FANTASY SPORTS by Sam Bosma
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Whether sports fans, fantasy enthusiasts, or just comics lovers, readers will be eager for more adventures with this unlikely duo.(Graphic fantasy. 12-18)"
A young wizard apprentice and a brutish tomb raider rebound from a deadly pickup game. Read full book review >
SHOW AND PROVE by Sofia Quintero
Released: July 14, 2015

"A must-read for fans of Walter Dean Myers' All the Right Stuff and other lovers of proud urban realism. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Academic ambition and hip-hop intersect in the South Bronx, where two friends spend a summer growing up and, unwillingly, apart. Read full book review >
SURVIVE THE NIGHT by Danielle Vega
Released: July 7, 2015

"Both scary and gory, tailor-made for fans of the genre. (Horror. 12-18)"
A girl gets out of rehab but can't stop herself from hanging with her wild friend. Read full book review >
FOULSHAM by Edward Carey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A story wondrous fine, full of terrors and marvels. (Horror. 11 & up)"
The middle volume of the Iremonger trilogy escalates in both suspense and strangeness. Read full book review >
SILVER IN THE BLOOD by Jessica Day George
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 7, 2015

"Thoroughly researched historical details and bright if naïve protagonists conjure a winning period adventure. (author's note) (Historical fiction/paranormal fantasy. 12-17)"
Turn-of-the-last-century socialites discover the bloody secrets of their Old World family in this lush historical fantasy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >