Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

ALICE IN WONDERLAND HIGH by Rachel Shane
Released: April 18, 2015

"Leave this novel at the bottom of the rabbit hole. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The beloved children's classic is reimagined as a teen treatise on environmental activism. Read full book review >
FORGED by Erin Bowman
Released: April 15, 2015

"Gripping but not at all for the faint of heart. (Dystopian adventure. 13-18)"
In the last of the Taken trilogy, Gray sets out with a few of his Expat buddies to discover what villainy is taking place at the Compound, an island fortress run by the evilly dictatorial Frank. Read full book review >

WALKING TWO WORLDS by Joseph Bruchac
Released: April 15, 2015

"Captivating and brief enough to be an easy sell for reluctant readers, this effort combines a snapshot of history with a skillful multicultural portrayal. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Ely, a Seneca Indian, has been sent to a boarding school to learn the ways of white people in hopes that he can become an effective representative for his people. Read full book review >
PARANORMAL by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"A dramatic tale—or the first part of one, anyway—heavily steeped in tribal lore. (Paranormal suspense. 11-13)"
The young Cherokee seer struck by lightning in Abnormal (2014) acquires more extrasensory powers after a near-death experience in this partial sequel. Read full book review >
DREAM A LITTLE DREAM by Kerstin Gier
Released: April 14, 2015

"While it's less compelling than her Ruby Red Trilogy, fans should enjoy Gier's latest chilling, unresolved tale of sinister dreams and budding romance. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
A teen who loves secrets finds herself in the dreams of four handsome guys at her posh London school in this first volume of the Silver Trilogy. Read full book review >

THE GREAT WAR by Jim Kay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Extraordinary. (Short stories. 8 & up)"
A group of celebrated writers, including Michael Morpurgo, A.L. Kennedy, David Almond and John Boyne, reflects on simple artifacts from World War I to create a collection of short stories. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH COMMISSION by Susan Juby
Released: April 14, 2015

"Hilarious, deliciously provocative and slyly thought-provoking, Juby's welcome return is bound to ignite debate. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When curiosity leads three students at a Nanaimo, British Columbia, art school ("Serving oddballs in grades ten through twelve since 2007") to ask a classmate why she had "renovations done," her surprisingly positive response prompts the trio to form the Truth Commission, an experiment in bringing hidden truths to light. Read full book review >
FIRST THERE WAS FOREVER by Juliana Romano
Released: April 14, 2015

"An emotionally rich coming-of-age love story. (Fiction. 14-16)"
The best of friends chart new territory during their sophomore year. Read full book review >
DENTON LITTLE'S DEATHDATE by Lance Rubin
Released: April 14, 2015

" The planned companion novel might provide some of the answers missing here, and those who have been charmed by the winsome characters will look forward to it. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A young man lives out his last hours in this comedic novel set at a time in the near future in which people grow up knowing when they will die. Read full book review >
KISSING TED CALLAHAN (AND OTHER GUYS) by Amy Spalding
Released: April 14, 2015

"A not-so-fluffy chick-lit offering rife with angst, rock 'n' roll and lots of kissing. (Romance. 13-18)"
So many boys, so little time; what's a rock girl to do? Read full book review >
THE BULLIES OF WALL STREET by Sheila Bair
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Nevertheless, Bair offers young readers an informed, insightful look into a crisis that continues to affect millions of citizens of all ages. (financial terms, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
An insider's perspective on the causes of America's recent financial crisis and its ongoing consequences. Read full book review >
SHOULD YOU BE A RIVER by Ed Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Mystifying and ultimately uplifting, this book challenges all of us to seek out the dizzying scope of love. (Picture book. 10 & up)"
Startling collages of torn photos, cut paper and calligraphy seek to describe love's many forms and feelings through comparisons found in nature. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >