Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

POISONED BLADE by Kate Elliott
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"At once nuanced and thrilling—a worthy sequel. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Jes runs the game of Fives for ruthless Lord Gargaron, the Patron responsible for tearing her family apart; her winnings support her mother and sisters in hiding—but at the price of beating Kal, whom she loves. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Lacking in all but length, this adventure never makes it off the ground. (Adventure. 10-14)"
Seventeen-year-old Aleks leaves home to join the Siberene military in hopes of finding adventure but instead finds abuse, corruption, and despair. Read full book review >

VICARIOUS by Paula Stokes
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"An ambitious sci-fi mystery that falls just short of great. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
A Korean-American girl's sister is mysteriously murdered. Read full book review >
PICTURE THIS by Molly Bang
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A must-have book for anyone wanting to learn or teach about art elements and principles and their connections to (picture book) art and visual perception. (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
A revised and expanded 25th-anniversary edition of Bang's go-to text about visual perception, or "how pictures work," delivers sublime design and picture-book-art commentary for readers and artists alike. Read full book review >
Angel Rock Leap by Ellen Weisberg
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"A unique voice emerges from an unlikely heroine in this quickly paced coming-of-age story."
What at first appears to be an overblown high school drama proves to be an astute look at the painful connection between low self-esteem and bullying. Read full book review >

THE EDGE OF THE LIGHT by Elizabeth George
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Unresolved situations, especially Becca's missing mother, leave the door open for at least one more entry in the Whidbey Island saga. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)"
The fourth entry in the bestselling mystery author's series for teens continues the story of a group of young people living on Whidbey Island in Washington state. Read full book review >
THE HILL by Karen Bass
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Suspenseful, fast-paced, and hard to put down. (Adventure. 11-18)"
The crash landing of his father's private jet in the Canadian wilderness leaves rich white kid Jared stunned and the pilot badly injured, but it soon becomes clear that those are the very least of the 15-year-old's problems. Read full book review >
Inspiration by Douglas Pershing
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Tight, cliffhanging YA fiction studded with demigods and moral dilemmas."
A menagerie of supernatural forces fights for humanity's spiritual standing. Read full book review >
ALL WE HAVE LEFT by Wendy Mills
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Both a poignant contemplation on 9/11 and a necessary intervention in this current political climate. (timeline, author's note) (Fiction. 13-18)"
This election cycle, with its exacerbated Islamophobia, makes author Mills' (Positively Beautiful, 2015) fictive meditation on 9/11 and the 15 years after especially timely. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"This convoluted episode seems to wrap up the trilogy, though there is a hint that the archangels might be needed again; whether readers will respond is another question entirely. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Two teen archangels continue the fight to save mankind and themselves from demonic takeover. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Though the book attempts to decry this blight on our history, without sufficient context and specifics, it may inadvertently encourage Native American stereotypes, particularly with teen readers. (discussion questions) (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Smelcer's (Indian Giver, 2016, etc.) new novel focuses on the residential Indian boarding schools, where, according to the headmaster of the infamous Carlisle Indian School, the main purpose was to "kill the Indian to save the man." Read full book review >
FALTER KINGDOM by Michael J. Seidlinger
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An ennui-soaked misfire. (Horror. 14-17)"
A teenage boy is possessed by a demon. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >