Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

ALSO KNOWN AS ELVIS by James Howe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"With its companions, it's a powerful affirmation of friendship, compassion and the right to be accepted for who we are. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Over a decade has passed for readers since The Misfits (2001) introduced the Gang of Five, four seventh-grade outsiders who've got one another's backs; for Bobby, Joe, Addie and Skeezie, a year's gone by. Read full book review >
GAIJIN by Matt Faulkner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"An accessible account about a dark—and still too-little-known—moment in American history. (author's note, resources) (Graphic historical fiction. 9-12)"
After the United States enters World War II, a half-Japanese teen and his white mother find themselves interned at the Alameda Downs Assembly Center. Read full book review >

THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A bloody good way to end a trilogy. (discussion questions) (Horror. 14 & up)"
Vampire Allie, one of the genre's toughest heroines, returns with one last chance to save both vampire- and humankind in this conclusion to the Blood of Eden series. Read full book review >
POPULAR by Maya Van Wagenen
Released: April 15, 2014

"A fascinating and unusual slice-of-life work whose humor will best be appreciated by younger teens. (Memoir. 12-16)"
An interesting and earnest memoir of a social experiment conducted by a contemporary eighth-grader who follows the advice in a popularity guide written for 1950s-era teens and blogged the experience for one school year. Read full book review >
MAYDAY by Jonathan Friesen
Released: April 10, 2014

"An uneven read that ultimately misses its mark. (Fantasy. 14-17)"
Even as her own soul hovers in the "middle" space, her body barely clinging to life in a hospital room, 18-year-old Crow's thoughts are consumed with protecting her sister. Read full book review >

POINTE by Brandy Colbert
Released: April 10, 2014

"This is a novel that ultimately misses the…point. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Against the backdrop of an intriguingly dark suburban Chicago, a teen dancer struggles with her past. Read full book review >
THE MUSEUM OF INTANGIBLE THINGS by Wendy Wunder
Released: April 10, 2014

"Fans of the author's The Probability of Miracles (2011) will discover more of life's possibilities and wonder. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An unexpected love story with a wild road trip to boot. Read full book review >
THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME by Jennifer E.  Smith
Released: April 10, 2014

"Truth about love always gets our attention, and this book will catch readers'. (Fiction. 12-18)"
As she did in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (2012), Smith fashions long-distance travel into a metaphor for the leaps of faith that love demands. Read full book review >
UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Julie T. Lamana
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"An honest, bleak account of a national tragedy sure to inspire discussion and research. (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
As Armani Curtis' 10th birthday approaches, so does something far more ominous—a threatening storm in the Gulf of Mexico called Katrina. Read full book review >
ALWAYS EMILY by Michaela MacColl
Released: April 8, 2014

"Equal parts gothic melodrama and Nancy Drew derring-do. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Reimagined as detectives, the Brontë sisters kick-start their writing careers by solving a mystery in this detailed if dubiously grounded novel. Read full book review >
NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A satisfyingly oddball Frankenstein-like tale of connectivity. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The madcap story of a boy who loses his head and finds it again. Read full book review >
REBEL BELLE by Rachel Hawkins
Released: April 8, 2014

"Plenty of merriment, even for Yankees. (Paranormal comedy. 12-16)"
This paranormal chick-lit comedy finds a queen-bee high school girl from Alabama gaining superpowers that require her to protect the boy she's disliked all her life. Read full book review >