Teen Book Reviews

FIREWORKS by Katie Cotugno
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"A compelling portrait of the intimacies of close girl friendships and young love. (Historical fiction. 14-17)"
Dana—poor, white, and from a troubled home—knows she has no real prospects for a life outside of her small Georgia town. Read full book review >
HIGHER, STEEPER, FASTER by Lawrence Goldstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"For those who love history, aviation, or stories of great daring, this is pure pleasure. (timeline, glossary, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
The author's passion for his subject infuses this richly detailed history of the daredevil years in flying. Read full book review >

MISSING by Kelley Armstrong
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"Thrills and mystery from a pro. (Suspense. 14-18)"
A girl living in a depressed coal mining town finds a wealthy boy in the woods who has been savagely beaten, then searches for him when he disappears. Read full book review >
THE ADJUSTMENT by Suzanne Young
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"An intensely dark teen romance set within a tale of communal identity crisis. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)"
Tatum will risk everything for the sake of Weston's memories. Read full book review >
VINCENT AND THEO by Deborah Heiligman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"A remarkably insightful, profoundly moving story of fraternal interdependence and unconditional love. (timeline, author's note, biography, source notes, index) (Biography. 14-18)"
As she did in Charles and Emma (2009), her biography of the Darwins, Heiligman renders a nuanced portrait of the complex, devoted, and enduring relationship between the Van Gogh brothers. Read full book review >

GRENDEL'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND WAR by A.E. Kaplan
Released: April 18, 2017

"A clever spin on a weighty classic. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Tom Grendel battles unruly neighbors and honors family history, all with an eye on the girl next door, in this witty debut novel and homage to Beowulf. Read full book review >
BANG by Barry Lyga
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"Heartbreaking and brutally compelling. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Ten years ago, when he was just 4, Sebastian accidentally killed his infant sister with his father's unattended handgun. Now a teen, he struggles to cope with the far-reaching effects of this horrific experience. Read full book review >
THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS by Emily Skrutskie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 18, 2017

"A dazzling, satisfying sequel. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
The sequel to The Abyss Surrounds Us (2016) finds this world's post-apocalyptic future threatened by rogue genetically engineered sea monsters. Read full book review >
UNEARTHLY THINGS by Michelle Gagnon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"Jane Eyre has inspired retellings from literary gems to pallid retreads; Gagnon's version stands up to the competition, slyly toying with readers' expectation to surprising, entertaining effect. (Suspense. 12-16)"
Newly orphaned Janie Mason moves from the Hawaii she loves to a chilly mansion in San Francisco, home of the strangers her parents named as her legal guardians: the Rochesters. Read full book review >
SPINDLE FIRE by Lexa Hillyer
Released: April 11, 2017

"An innovative take on magic and the price of transformation, this will tempt readers to reach for Book 2—and expect some answers. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
An innovative take on "Sleeping Beauty," this first novel in a two-book arc weaves the tale of polar-opposite half sisters facing a dark threat from a mysteriously diabolical faerie queen. Read full book review >
RUN THE RISK by Allison van Diepen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"It's fast-paced, telenovela-style drama with dance parties, poetry slams, fights, blackmail, and life-threatening peril. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Life for a girl trying to make ends meet after high school becomes complicated when her ex-boyfriend, a gang member, re-emerges in her life. Read full book review >
THE FREEMASON'S DAUGHTER by Shelley Sackier
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"An intriguing exploration of the intersection of politics, religion, and customs of the period—historical fiction at its best. (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
It's 1714 Great Britain, and a rebellion is brewing. 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 >