Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

STARSWEPT by Mary Fan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"The beginning of an elegant, spirited rebellion saga."
Fan (The Adventures of the Silicon Beeches, 2017, etc.) begins a new YA sci-fi series in which an alien civilization patronizes performing arts prodigies on Earth.Read full book review >
THE ARSONIST by Stephanie Oakes
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A convoluted mystery that flavors the darkness of Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity (2012) with the contrivances of Scooby Doo. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Fire forges historical and contemporary connections among three troubled teens. Read full book review >

THE RATTLED BONES by S.M.  Parker
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"History and mystery meld beautifully in this ghost story with depth. (author's note, sources) (Paranormal suspense. 14-18)"
A ghost plagues a native Mainer as she struggles to unearth the tragic secrets of the spirit's demise. Read full book review >
GIRLS WHO CODE by Reshma Saujani
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An encouraging supplementary resource for young coders. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
A guide to get girls into coding, written by Saujani, the founder of the Girls Who Code organization, with Hutt's assistance. Read full book review >
MR. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An unbalanced but still effective tear-jerker. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A high school drug dealer learns some harsh truths. Read full book review >

BRIDGE OF THE GODS by Diane Rios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An engaging adventure that shows the strength that can be discovered amid tragedy."
This middle-grade debut finds an audacious child—with a knack for bonding with animals—thrown into peril by her scheming uncle. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF THE ELEMENTS by Vrinda Sheth
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A satisfying installment of a YA adaptation of an ancient Indian epic."
Sheth (Shadows of the Sun Dynasty, 2016, etc.) focuses on the exploits of Rama in this second volume of the Sita's Fire Trilogy.Read full book review >
THE FOREVER COURT by Dave Rudden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"With many of the wrinkles from Volume 1 ironed out here, there are just a few more to manage to make Volume 3 a corker of a conclusion. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
In this sequel to Knights of the Borrowed Dark (2016), Denizen Hardwick, along with his friends Simon Hayes and Abigail Falx, are Neophytes in the Order of the Borrowed Dark. Read full book review >
SHIMMER AND BURN by Mary Taranta
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Even those readers who adore misery and squalor might find this a bit much. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A grimdark fantasy debut opens with the 6-year-old heroine's mother stabbing her through the heart, and it's all downhill from there. Read full book review >
REUNITED  by Colleen Houck
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Endurance will pay off for those interested in Lily's fate, but they need to be mighty interested. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
Lily and her three Egyptian lovers traipse hither and yon through the cosmos to save humankind. Read full book review >
LITTLE & LION by Brandy Colbert
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Readers will empathize with Suzette as she explores both her sexuality and the tricky line between honesty and betrayal. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Sixteen-year-old Suzette was sent to boarding school when her bookish older brother, Lionel, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but now she's back in Los Angeles for the summer. Read full book review >
ALL THINGS NEW by Lauren Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An often potent story about confronting the future and featuring an engaging central relationship."
In Miller's (Free to Fall, 2014, etc.) YA novel, a modern teenager comes to terms with her fear of the unknown. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >