Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

CLOUDWISH by Fiona Wood
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Misguided. (Fiction. 13-17)"
A Vietnamese-Australian teen grapples with her family expectations. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2016

"Young girls especially will be inspired by this volume and the bright future for women's sports it portrays. (index, sources) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Debut author Rutherford looks at women's professional sports and the social forces behind them. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 12, 2016

"Delicious fun that's out of this world. (Graphic science fiction. 7-14)"
An Earth pâtissière is beamed up to an intergalactic cooking competition reminiscent of Iron Chef. Read full book review >
THE ROW by J.R. Johansson
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A great hook with deeply unsatisfying follow-through.(Mystery. 14-18)"
A girl learns a devastating truth. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Feminist readers in particular will appreciate this strong young woman who doesn't conform to gender norms. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Crystal has always wanted to escape poverty, but she never thought her plan would involve vintage muscle cars and a baby. Read full book review >

FROST by M.P.  Kozlowsky
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A wild, robot-driven ride with nods to a far darker kind of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
In a post-apocalyptic world, a girl who's never left home sets out on an arduous quest to save her sick pet. Read full book review >
MY UNSCRIPTED LIFE by Lauren Morrill
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Best for readers hoping that someday Justin Bieber might appear to sweep them off their feet. (Romance. 12-16)"
Dee falls for Milo, a pop singer-turned-movie star, during a summer job working on a movie crew. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A masterfully spun tale well worth the yearslong wait. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
At long last, fantasy master Nix returns to the story of Lirael. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Suspense, romance, and the excitement of discovery make this Western thoroughly enjoyable. (Historical fiction. 14-17)"
In the great era of dinosaur-hunting, two teenagers accompany their paleontologist fathers in a race to discover the biggest of them all: the rex. Read full book review >
RIDING CHANCE by Christine Kendall
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A worthwhile first outing; Kendall shows promise. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A troubled inner-city boy learns to play polo in a program modeled after Philadelphia's famed Work to Ride. Read full book review >
BE GOOD BE REAL BE CRAZY by Chelsey Philpot
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An agreeable but unbalanced work that aims high but ends up a bit too short. (Fiction. 14-16)"
Two teens find romance on the road. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF ZERO by Karen Fortunati
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An honest, informative, and ultimately optimistic novel about living with mental illness. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A young woman with bipolar disorder struggles with the ever present specter of crushing depression in this contemporary fiction debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >