Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

BIGGIE by Derek E. Sullivan
Released: March 1, 2015

"A bighearted story that will have readers rooting for Henry 'Biggie' Abbott. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In Sullivan's debut novel, an obese and lonely high school boy dreams of love, pitching a perfect game and finding his place in the world. Read full book review >
DANCE OF THE BANISHED by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"An eye-opening exposé of historical outrages committed in two countries, with intriguing glimpses of a minority group that is not well-known in the Americas. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
World War I separates a betrothed Anatolian couple—leaving one to witness the Armenian genocide and sending the other to a prison camp…in Canada. Read full book review >

DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN by Elizabeth Fixmer
Released: March 1, 2015

"An absorbing treatment of a fascinating subject. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl slowly realizes that she must escape the religious cult in which she has grown up. Read full book review >
CHILI QUEEN by Marian Martinello
Released: March 1, 2015

"Martinello's storytelling is compelling and will engage particularly voracious readers of historical fiction, but due to the essentially bland subject matter and the unfortunate design, it lacks broad appeal. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14-17)"
Selling chili on the plaza with her mother and sister at night, Lupe wonders why her family is barely getting by: The quality of their food rivals that of any competitor on the square, so why do other stands bring in crowds of customers while her family serves only a steady trickle? Read full book review >
THIS STRANGE WILDERNESS by Nancy Plain
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A superb introduction to the life and times of a great American artist and naturalist. (appendix, glossary, source notes, bibliography, illustration credits, index) (Biography. 9-14)"
John James Audubon's 1838 masterpiece, The Birds of America, "marked the beginning of modern ornithology," and this volume dramatizes the life and times of the man who devoted his life to creating it.Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A 'rad' alternative to less-inclusive albums, such as Cynthia Chin-Lee, Megan Halsey and Sean Addy's Amelia to Zora (2005). (websites) (Collective biography. 11-14)"
Rousing tributes to 26 women who didn't keep their heads or voices down. Read full book review >
QUAKE by Patrick Carman
Released: Feb. 25, 2015

"An engaging end to a well-developed arc. (Dystopian romance. 13-16)"
This final installment in the Pulse trilogy starts up only moments after the ending of Tremor (2013), and the action never lets up.Read full book review >
NO PARKING AT THE END TIMES by Bryan Bliss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Thoughtful readers may take interest in Abigail's self-discoveries. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Even though the end of the world didn't happen, it still feels like it to Abigail. Read full book review >
THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A slow but satisfying read with impressive depth and emotion. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A peasant girl transplanted to the royal court repeatedly confronts death in her new life as executioner, entertainer and bride. Read full book review >
BREAKOUT by Kevin Emerson
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A strong effort that stumbles short of the finish line. (Fiction. 12-14)"
An eighth grader writes a song that perfectly captures how he feels about being stuck between childhood and adulthood. Read full book review >
WHEN MY HEART WAS WICKED by Tricia Stirling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Unexpected, uncanny, unforgettable. (Magical realism. 14 & up)"
A mix of the mundane and the magical permeates this slender portrait of a girl in pain. Read full book review >
THE THIRD TWIN by C.J.  Omololu
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A classic whodunit for the teenage set. (Mystery. 13-18)"
Could an identical twin be a killer without her sister knowing it? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >