Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

BONE GAP by Laura Ruby
Released: March 3, 2015

"Cleverly conceived and lusciously written. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A teenage boy wrestles against forces real and imagined in a small, rural town named Bone Gap. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2015

"A chilling exposé. (Nonfiction. 13-18)"
So very rarely is anything perfect, but when the legal process malfunctions, the result can be the horror of unjust incarceration. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 2015

"Teens who enjoy slice-of-life vignettes that evoke a specific time and place and adults who thrill to nostalgia will find a lot to like about these pithy, honestly awkward and poignant minimemoirs. (Memoir. 14 & up)"
Each of these 40-plus very short stories unveils a memory of being a teenager that is important to its respective writer. Read full book review >
THE BUNKER DIARY by Kevin Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"Not for everyone, this heady novel is worthy of study alongside existentialist works of the 20th century. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Knocked unconscious and kidnapped, 16-year-old Linus wakes alone in a small, windowless, concrete building. Read full book review >
EXPOSING TORTURE by Hal Marcovitz
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though none of the issues presented is explored in any great depth, this overview provides readers with a useful starting place for further exploration. (glossary, timeline, source notes, bibliography, websites, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
This overview delves into the history of torture, from the flayings, burnings and other brutal methods used in ancient societies to the psychological and sexual torture of the 21st century, and tackles complex ethical and moral questions. Read full book review >

ROCK THE BOAT by Sigmund Brouwer
Released: March 1, 2015

"A quick read for music lovers. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A young musician tries to break into the business in Nashville and becomes entrapped by a shady producer. Read full book review >
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL by Simon Schwartz
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though important both culturally and historically, unfortunately what should be haunting is less than. (glossary, timeline, map) (Graphic memoir. 12-18)"
A stark and pensive glimpse at a young boy's family as they immigrate to West Berlin prior to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A convincing invitation to the wide world of working with animals. (glossary, resources, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
A pair of enthusiastic animal lovers provide a comprehensive introduction to zoology, a description of potential careers and suggestions for hands-on activities for learning or practicing. Read full book review >
INFANDOUS by Elana K. Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"A coming-of-age story consciously reminiscent of Lolita, this multifaceted portrayal of family bonds surprises with its nuanced and sometimes-searing emotional gravity. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The summer before senior year gives Sephora Golding time to surf, work on her found-object works of art and reflect on the turn her life has taken. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE FIRE by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2015

"Grand, heartbreaking, ennobling and unforgettable. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
This follow-up to the acclaimed The Story of Owen (2014) is part adventure, part alternative history, part friendship story, part ecological fable and all heroic saga.Read full book review >
PAINLESS by S.A. Harazin
Released: March 1, 2015

"A tad predictable but emotionally engaging nonetheless. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen who can't feel physical pain goes through some significant emotional trauma. Read full book review >
DISAPPEAR HOME by Laura Hurwitz
Released: March 1, 2015

"This realistic debut inspires with a grounded heroine who comes of age as she 'disappears home.' (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
A teen growing up in an out-of-control hippie commune in Oregon in 1970 discovers what it's like to have a stable home when she's transplanted to rural California. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >