Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: July 12, 2016

"A triumphant conclusion to a prodigious feat of storytelling. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
The Mapmakers trilogy concludes with Sophia Tims still searching for her missing parents and, while she's at it, trying to prevent a cataclysmic war. Read full book review >
THE KILLER IN ME by Margot Harrison
Released: July 12, 2016

"An additional purchase even where killer thrillers are king. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Nina's not a killer, but she dreams of one every night. Read full book review >

SHINY BROKEN PIECES by Sona Charaipotra
Released: July 12, 2016

"An addicting thriller that will make anyone who loves ballet clamor for another installment. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Three girls compete for two coveted company spots in New York's prestigious American Ballet Company, and someone is willing to kill for them. Read full book review >
REBELLION by J.A. Souders
Released: July 12, 2016

"Invested readers may well feel terribly cheated; uninvested readers shouldn't bother. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)"
Back in Elysium, former Daughter of the People Evie and her Surface Dweller sweetie, Gavin, plot revolution. Read full book review >
LOVE by Frédéric Brrémaud
Released: July 12, 2016

"Astonishingly beautiful but narratively obscure. (Graphic adventure. 10 & up)"
The companion to Love: The Fox and Love: The Tiger (both 2015) takes its setting on the African savanna, where a male lion travels on the fringes of a pride. Read full book review >

Released: July 5, 2016

"The characters are mere flat sketches, but with a magical circus girl who escapes from chains while dangling from a burning rope off a Ferris wheel, does it matter? (Fantasy. 13-16)"
The daughter of a famous Las Vegas magician wants an illusionist career of her own more than she wants to go to college. Read full book review >
Released: July 5, 2016

"For those approaching or in the scrum of middle school, a positive reminder that the perfect middle school experience does not exist. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
With age-appropriate humor and insight, veteran teacher Reynolds offers advice aimed at assisting young people as they trek through the minefield that is middle school. Read full book review >
RESIST by Ilima Todd
Released: July 5, 2016

"Speculative fiction with a 'family values' spin. (Dystopia. 12-18)"
After surviving a harrowing accident with his beloved Nine, Theron has been Remade and is home to recover and begin his chosen Trade as a Healer. But Nine is gone—she isn't coming back, and no amount of cage fighting or buzz drinks can fill the emptiness in his life. Read full book review >
Released: July 5, 2016

"Clever, taut storytelling helps to overcome bland characterization. (Thriller. 13-17)"
Hadley spends the night of her life facing two different but equally dangerous paths. Read full book review >
THE LOST & FOUND by Katrina Leno
Released: July 5, 2016

"The plot's flawed, but it's executed by characters readers can believe in and care about. (Magical realism. 13-16)"
Two teens on opposite coasts who've bonded closely in an anonymous online therapy group for trauma victims embark with companions on cross-country road trips to meet in Austin, Texas. Read full book review >
REMIX by Non Pratt
Released: July 5, 2016

"Entertaining, witty, and often funny—but also oddly old-fashioned. (Fiction. 14-18)"
English best friends Kaz and Ruby, in post-breakup recovery mode (from Tom and Stu, respectively), head to Remix, a three-day music festival, to reboot. Read full book review >
Released: July 5, 2016

"While Hirsch has created what could be an exciting concept, the reality is slow-paced and anticlimactic. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Hirsch's latest (The Darkest Path, 2013, etc.) is an epidemic novel with a twist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >