Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Readers willing to take their time will enjoy this earnest cross-cultural meditation on love and family. (Fiction. 13-17)"
In New Hampshire, a 17-year-old Cambodian-American girl falls for a mysterious military medic in this poetically rendered novel by the author of The Good Braider (2012). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Overall, informative and appealingly told. (resource list, endnotes, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
With photographs and sidebars, a narrative account of the United States LGBT movement's highlights in the 20th and 21st centuries. Read full book review >

250 HOURS by Colleen Nelson
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A potentially intriguing tale hampered by a romance that never really lights a spark. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Manitoba teens Jess and Sara Jean both know the terrible feelings of loss and doubt a child faces from having a parent abandon them. Read full book review >
NICHIREN by Masahiko Murakami
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An intriguing imagining that is both edifying and enlightening and that makes an ancient figure easily accessible to a modern audience . (Graphic historical fiction. 13 & up)"
A graphic-novel treatment of the life and Buddhist teachings of Nichiren, a real-life 13th-century Japanese priest. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Embraces Jim's humanity without letting him off the hook. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Jim, convicted of raping two female classmates in High Heels and Lipstick (2015), now looks to move forward and to confront his own history.Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Striking visuals augment an already-captivating tale. (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Having tackled Robin Hood in Outlaw (2009) and King Arthur in Excalibur (2011), Lee now envisions Joan of Arc's humble beginnings to her inevitable martyrdom. Read full book review >
UNTWINE by Edwidge Danticat
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An honest, endearing exploration of family, grief, and perseverance. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Tragedy strikes twin sisters Giselle and Isabelle, and their world is changed forever. Read full book review >
VERY IN PIECES by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A predictable but solid coming-of-age story. (Fiction. 12-16)"
With her grandmother's health rapidly failing, high school senior Very (short for Veronica) feels responsible for holding together the rest of her family. Read full book review >
SANCTUARY by Jennifer McKissack
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Although tonally reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, it lacks the deft plotting, character development, and narrative fluency of that earlier classic. (Gothic romance. 14-18)"
The ghostly pull of the past is inescapable for a Depression-era teenage girl drawn back to her remote island home off the coast of Maine. Read full book review >
ZEROES by Scott Westerfeld
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"In this series opener by three acclaimed authors, intriguing protagonists and cinematic powers will surely please adventure fans who don't mind an ensemble developed at the expense of the individual. (Science fiction. 13-15)"
A sextet of mutant superhero teenagers just want to be safe in this weighty tome. Read full book review >
SMALL BONES by Vicki Grant
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Clues come at just the right pace for the readers to crack the puzzle right along with the protagonist in this mystery, one of seven linked novels publishing simultaneously. (Historical mystery. 12-16)"
In a witty and believable 1964 Ontario, a foundling teen investigates the circumstances of her own birth. Read full book review >
RHYTHM RIDE by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An ebullient, wonderfully told introduction to music that had an indelible influence on a generation and its times. (photos, timeline, discography, source notes, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Adopting the informal, laid-back voice of a narrator she calls "the Groove," Pinkney offers readers a lively, engaging chronicle of the Motown sound. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marie Lu
September 29, 2015

In the second installment of Marie Lu’s Young Elites series, The Rose Society, Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness? “The direction of this trilogy's conclusion is left refreshingly difficult to predict,” our reviewer writes. View video >