Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

STATE OF GRACE by Hilary Badger
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Most intriguing and provocative. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
Would people truly be happy if they could return to the Garden of Eden before the Fall? A girl lives blissfully within such a world, convinced she and everything else was created by Dot, her beloved deity. Read full book review >
SMART AND SPINELESS by Ann Downer
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Science facts more surprising than science fiction for teen readers. (endnotes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The lack of a spine, or even a brain, doesn't keep invertebrates from learning, remembering, and solving problems. Read full book review >

THE FLINKWATER FACTOR by Pete Hautman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fast, funny episodes featuring creative takes on close-to-reality science. (Science fiction. 8-14)"
Hautman's latest features wacky adventures in a near-future small town packed with engineers. Read full book review >
ANNE & HENRY by Dawn Ius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Clever and compelling storytelling from a promising writer. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are reimagined as private school hooligans (of course). Read full book review >
HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Jennifer E.  Smith
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Another smart and savvy book to add to Smith's oeuvre. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Tomorrow Clare and Aidan head to colleges at opposite ends of the country, leaving just 12 hours to decide whether to break up now or, as they fear, to allow distance and change to do it for them—either way, it's going to be a long night. Read full book review >

VIVIAN APPLE NEEDS A MIRACLE by Katie Coyle
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A distinctive, complex, and thoughtful page-turner certain to leave readers clamoring for more. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Vivian Apple survived one Rapture in Vivian Apple at the End of the World (2015); now, can she survive a second?Read full book review >
TRAVELS OF AN EXTRAORDINARY HAMSTER by Astrid Desbordes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A blunt, at times knee-slapping story suitable for perceptive young readers, those unsure of social cues, and global readers alike. (Graphic novel. 7 & up)"
Hamster—a sarcastic, egocentric, yet still enjoyable protagonist—travels with his band of patient, tolerant timberland friends to the Arctic Circle. Read full book review >
LITTLE NEMO'S BIG NEW DREAMS by Josh O'Neill
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Inventive work by some of comics' most distinguished artists makes these tributes a triumph. (foreword, introduction, contributors' bios, bibliography) (Graphic anthology. 12 & up)"
Thirty-one graphic artists pay homage to newspaper cartoonist Winsor McCay. Read full book review >
A 52-HERTZ WHALE by Bill Sommer
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This briefest of novels might have been more satisfying as a robust short story. (Epistolary novel. 12-15)"
An open-ended meditation on loneliness and connection, told in crisscrossing email threads. Read full book review >
BURN GIRL by Mandy Mikulencak
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Readers will likely feel impartial to Arlie, but her story is tense enough to catch an audience. (Fiction. 13-16)"
A teen girl learns she can't erase her past but she can forgive herself and look hopefully to the future in Mikulencak's debut novel. Read full book review >
THE DOGS by Allan Stratton
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An engrossing blend of murder mystery and family story. (Suspense. 12-16)"
Cameron Weaver's father tried to kill his mother, and now they are on the run, again. Read full book review >
FIGHT BACK by Brent R. Sherrard
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Hard-won insight neatly depicted. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A boy who has survived years of neglect and abuse get his chance to fight back by becoming a boxer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >