Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

SEEKING MANSFIELD by Kate Watson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"A commendable adaptation of a 200-year-old tale made fresh for a 21st-century audience. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In a modern spin on Mansfield Park, Watson's debut blends Austen with a dash of Shakespeare, all in contemporary Chicago. Read full book review >
THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC by Crystal Cestari
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"Somewhat enjoyable provided it's not examined too closely. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A magical matchmaker searches for her own true love in this magic-infused Chicago. Read full book review >

THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS by Emily Barr
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"An affecting portrayal of living with amnesia and discovering one's own agency. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A white British girl with anterograde amnesia travels to the Arctic to chase after a boy whose kiss has stayed in her memory when nothing else has. Read full book review >
ANTISOCIAL by Jillian Blake
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"In an age of adult anxieties over digital privacy, this book is #relevant. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Blake's debut tackles the perils of privacy in the digital age. Read full book review >
MY FAIRY GODMOTHER IS A DRAG QUEEN by David Clawson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"A fresh, funny, new twist on a classic fairy tale. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When Prince Charming meets his beau…. Read full book review >

FLAME IN THE MIST by Renée Ahdieh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 16, 2017

"This story (and sequels) will undoubtedly enthrall readers seeking a torrid, tortured romance in a trendy setting; still, a disappointment from an author capable of so much more. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
In a historical fantasy inspired by feudal Japan, the daughter of aristocrats finds a place among sort-of-ninjas akin to Robin Hood's band. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE EXILE by Jeanette S. Arakawa
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"These are experiences that need to be remembered, though Arakawa's are not as compellingly related as other novels or personal accounts of the travesty. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A child of Japanese immigrants looks back on her World War II-era experiences in internment camps and afterward. Read full book review >
A FACE LIKE GLASS by Frances Hardinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 10, 2017

"Madcap, mysterious, magical, and meaty: like Grandible's cheeses, this may cause visions—or just make your head explode (with delight). Don't miss it. (Fantasy. 10-adult)"
A new-old book from Hardinge (published in the U.K. in 2012 but only now arriving stateside) balancing wit and wonder with a dose of big thoughts. Read full book review >
SOMEONE ELSE'S SUMMER by Rachel Bateman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"Plenty of romantic moments will make starry-eyed readers swoon, but what could have been an important story about confronting raw grief after a sibling's death ultimately falls short. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A search for meaning after her sister's sudden death blossoms into a romantic road trip. Read full book review >
DEAR READER by Mary O'Connell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"Ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful. (Fiction. 14-17)"
After her English teacher misses class at her Connecticut private school, Flannery discovers the purse she left behind, containing a newspaper obituary for Brandon, a soldier killed in action, and a copy of Wuthering Heights that, when opened, tells not Emily Brontë's story but Miss Sweeney's own. Read full book review >
THE LINES WE CROSS by Randa Abdel-Fattah
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"A meditation on a timely subject that never forgets to put its characters and their stories first. (Fiction. 12-17)"
An Afghani-Australian teen named Mina earns a scholarship to a prestigious private school and meets Michael, whose family opposes allowing Muslim refugees and immigrants into the country. Read full book review >
BRAVE NEW GIRL by Rachel Vincent
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 9, 2017

"Adds nothing new to a crowded genre. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)"
After a chance encounter with a boy, a girl discovers secrets about herself and her society. 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 >