Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

RAISE THE STAKES by Megan Atwood
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Pages will turn right up to the cliffhanger. (Thriller. 12-18)"
This third in a series of five novellas that follow one storyline adds white teen Colin to the list of reluctant participants in the Contest. Read full book review >
STAY IN THE GAME by Megan Atwood
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Highly engaging, with more to come. (Thriller. 12-18)"
This first in a series of five novellas that follow a single storyline introduces the first participant in a contest that seems too good to be true. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A valuable and entertaining resource for both budding historians and those seeking biographical information on a few of the many nearly forgotten women of that time. (index not seen) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A collection of brief yet informative biographies of American women of the Colonial era. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A serviceable exploration of the role of personality in science and pop culture. (source notes, glossary, bibliography, for further information, websites) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A guided tour through the ages demonstrates how philosophers, scientists, and doctors have tried to understand "the workings of human personality." Read full book review >
OF BETTER BLOOD by Susan Moger
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Sure to spark difficult but necessary discussions. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 13-16)"
Moger's debut novel tackles a little-studied chapter of American history. Read full book review >

Surf Shop Sisters by Laura Kennedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 30, 2016

"Dizzying YA that would benefit from more character development."
Kennedy's (Double Take, 2014, etc.) latest novel expands on the Double Take universe with the return of Brooke and the Surf Shop Sisters for a tumultuous teenaged tale of deceit, growth, and love.Read full book review >
I SEE REALITY by Grace Kendall
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"An important collection for older teens. (Anthology. 15-18)"
Twelve original stories explore the many issues teenagers face today. Read full book review >
THE YEAR WE FELL APART by Emily Martin
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"For readers who crave drama. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Reeling from a reputation-staining episode the previous spring and the news that her mother has breast cancer, Harper is ready to patch things up with Declan, the boyfriend she dumped last fall. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES by Rebecca Podos
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"This heartfelt and page-turning debut introduces readers to a whip-smart and wise heroine. (Mystery. 13-18)"
The daughter of a bestselling mystery author turns to her favorite literary sleuths for inspiration to find her missing father. Read full book review >
SHALLOW GRAVES by Kali Wallace
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Constantly entertaining, intriguing, and suspenseful. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
A girl wakes up a year after her murder to discover new, supernatural powers. Read full book review >
FRONT LINES by Michael Grant
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Still, an engrossing portrayal of ordinary women in extraordinary circumstances. (Alternate history. 14 & up)"
Three young women supply a gritty grunt's-eye view of World War II in the opener to an ultrahistory series. Read full book review >
RISE OF THE WOLF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Fast-moving fun with broad audience appeal, especially recommended for reluctant readers, Rick Riordan fans, and pedal-to-the-metal adventure aficionados. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Nic enjoys training as a charioteer—not that he has a choice—for his grandfather, Radulf, but the uneasy family détente is shattered when Nic learns the Praetors have taken his mother hostage in Volume 2 of this series set in Imperial Rome's turbulent third century. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >