Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A delightful treat for dedicated fans but well-nigh impenetrable as an entry point to the series. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Apprentices become teachers, friendships turn to romance, and long-simmering subplots achieve resolution in the 10th entry of this well-loved fantasy series. Read full book review >
BANISHED by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Readers won't learn history from this anachronistic and sometimes-inconsistent adventure, but they might enjoy some angst-ridden passionate yearning. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A Bronze Age desert adventure continues in this second trilogy entry, spicing its inspirational romance with the sybaritic wickedness of pagan sex worshippers. Read full book review >

ON EDGE by Gin Price
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Intriguing characters, a different take on an urban landscape, and the element of mystery will captivate readers. (Mystery. 12-18)"
The closing of two high schools results in strife between rival gangs. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH by Jeffry W. Johnston
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A crackerjack idea hobbled by weak characters and the author's heavy hand. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A teen hostage is forced to recount his battle with a home invader. Read full book review >
RAGING SEA by Michael Buckley
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Watery fun right up to the cliffhanger for readers willing to go with the flow. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
After the aquatic Rusalka's initial invasion in Undertow (2015), Alpha-human hybrid Lyric is a wanted terrorist looking for her family.Read full book review >

UNHOOKED by Lisa Maxwell
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The romance is emphasized in this retelling of Barrie's classic. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Hidden powers, parallel worlds—Gwen has a lot on her plate, but there are two teen hunks determined to help her. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Agenda trumps story in this loosely jointed account. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
In a mix of history, fiction, letters, and folk tales from two continents, Bruchac chronicles a particularly ugly chapter in the Indian Wars. Read full book review >
THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC by Connie Goldsmith
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"An arresting, illuminating, and unlikely-to-be-forgotten story. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Welcome to the you-better-be-Brave New World of emergent viruses. Read full book review >
STARS OF THE ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGHWAY by Victoria Micklish Pasmore
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Still, Pasmore gives recognition to other influential and deserving figures whose names have dropped off the music radar. (sources) (Collective biography. 9-12)"
Vest-pocket profiles of rock-'n'-roll pioneers who first planted their roots along Arkansas' Highway 67. Read full book review >
BEAT THE ODDS by Megan Atwood
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Compelling suspense delivered in a small dose. (Thriller. 12-18)"
This second in a series of five novellas following a single storyline focuses on Latina Ana, who is trying to escape her abusive foster father. Read full book review >
RAISE THE STAKES by Megan Atwood
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Pages will turn right up to the cliffhanger. (Thriller. 12-18)"
This third in a series of five novellas that follow one storyline adds white teen Colin to the list of reluctant participants in the Contest. Read full book review >
STAY IN THE GAME by Megan Atwood
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Highly engaging, with more to come. (Thriller. 12-18)"
This first in a series of five novellas that follow a single storyline introduces the first participant in a contest that seems too good to be true. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >