Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

SWARM by Scott Westerfeld
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A high-octane bundle of thrills. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
After Zeroes (2015), the group of superpowered teenagers is derailed by other people with powers—and fewer morals. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Despite some flaws, this collection proudly stands as an engaging and erudite glimpse between the panels. (source notes, art media notes, selected reading, index) (Nonfiction. 13 & up)"
Q-and-A sessions with 13 influential creators of comics for children and teens. Read full book review >

SOMETHING IN BETWEEN by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Typical teen drama elevated by its exploration of a complex social issue but hampered by an unrealistically feel-good conclusion. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
Jasmine de los Santos, an overachieving 16-year-old immigrant from the Philippines, looks forward to a vibrant future, until she discovers a family secret that threatens to take away her American dream. Read full book review >
LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS by Rae Carson
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Another indulgence in a Western narrative that undermines both history and its female protagonist instead of enlightening. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The middle volume of Carson's Gold Seer trilogy. Read full book review >
CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"How can such a hefty tome be un-put-down-able excitement from beginning to end? (glossary) (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
This hefty sequel to Six of Crows (2015) brings high-tension conclusions to the many intertwined intrigues of Ketterdam. Read full book review >

SACRIFICE by Cindy Pon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A brilliant second act that can be read alone. (Fantasy. 15 & up)"
This thrilling sequel to Pon's Serpentine (2015) begins soon after the Great Battle between mortals and demons, as Skybright and her compatriots struggle with the fallout and face the looming threat of a new breach to the underworld. Read full book review >
SCROOGE #WORSTGIFTEVER by Charles Dickens
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This inventive retelling is part of the OMG Classics series. OMG, indeed. English class may never be the same. (Graphic classic. 12 & up)"
A Christmas Carol, the classic holiday story of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from miser to mensch, is recast for a new generation with this 21st-century version told entirely in texts, Facebook posts, and chat transcripts. Read full book review >
Chasing Truth by Julie Cross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An enjoyably twisty, romantic, and thoughtful prep-school mystery."
In this YA thriller, a teenage girl investigates a friend's suicide, entangling her in dangerous intrigue. Read full book review >
THE FEVER CODE by James Dashner
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Will satisfy die-hard fans of the original trilogy. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Dashner returns to his dystopian future in this second prequel to the blockbuster Maze Runner series, detailing how the maze came into being. Read full book review >
THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An unflinching look at rape culture and its repercussions. (Thriller. 15-18)"
Three teens in small-town Ohio struggle with sexual violence, together and individually, in a tragic thriller. Read full book review >
STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Perhaps a more genuinely enlightened protagonist would have made this debut more engaging. (Historical thriller. 15-18)"
Audrey Rose Wadsworth, 17, would rather perform autopsies in her uncle's dark laboratory than find a suitable husband, as is the socially acceptable rite of passage for a young, white British lady in the late 1800s. Read full book review >
OXBLOOD by Annalisa Grant
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"This fast-paced spy novel has just the right amount of international intrigue and danger; a touch of romance is a sweet bonus. (Thriller. 16 & up)"
Victoria Asher, 20, leads an uneventful life in Miami, working at a diner and celebrating her birthday eating pie and ice cream with her best friend—but when she receives an ominous package from her brother, Gil, her entire world shifts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >