Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This fast-paced story will likely compel its readers to learn more about North Korea after finishing it. (Memoir. 12-18)"
A pampered son of the elite survives a nightmarish ordeal in this page-turner of a memoir. Read full book review >
RADICAL by E.M. Kokie
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A hard, cleareyed look at coming of age in a prejudiced world. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Bex struggles to find acceptance for her nontraditional gender expression and her sexual orientation within her family and within the doomsday survivalist community she longs to join. Read full book review >

ROSE & THORN by Sarah Prineas
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Pleasant but slight and, unfortunately, less than it might have been. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
Prineas is back with another high-concept fairy-tale retelling, this time tackling "Sleeping Beauty." Read full book review >
DARK HORSES by Cecily von Ziegesar
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A soap-operatic blend of Romeo and Juliet and My Friend Flicka. Yikes. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A troubled teen finds her temporary soul mate in a troubled horse. Read full book review >
A SONG TO TAKE THE WORLD APART by Zan Romanoff
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"No aquatic frolic but a moody meditation on loss and love. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
A young woman encounters first love and family secrets in this lyrical debut. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An unusually inspiring story skillfully told. (authors' notes, timeline, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
This powerful biography of a little-known figure underscores the fact that civil rights workers in the 1960s South knowingly put their lives on the line for the cause. Read full book review >
THE LAST TRUE LOVE STORY by Brendan Kiely
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Readers will be swept up in Kiely's musical prose as Teddy learns about love, romance, forgiveness, and reconciliation. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Teddy, 17, makes a promise to his Alzheimer's-stricken grandfather, Gpa, to bring him home from assisted living before he forgets Teddy's deceased grandmother. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This insightful, compelling account is an excellent introduction to Bonhoeffer and a perceptive look at what makes someone stand up for what's right. (photos, timeline, source notes, bibliography) (Biography. 11-14)"
The story of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer's brief but notable life is related in the context of his resistance to the Nazis and association with the 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Read full book review >
GIRL ON A PLANE by Miriam Moss
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Nonetheless, a quality nail-biter, if other sources are available to help with the history. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
This thinly fictionalized tale recounts a hijacking the author survived in 1970. Read full book review >
PHANTOM LIMBS by Paula Garner
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A heavy read weighted by intense emotions and grief, the novel sifts through tough memories, searching for the silver lining. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Past and present collide when an old friend comes to town in Garner's debut. Read full book review >
OVERDRIVE by Dawn Ius
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A thrilling joy ride for car lovers. (Thriller. 14-17)"
The thrill of boosting muscle cars in Las Vegas nearly exceeds Julia's main objective of getting herself and her younger sister, Emma, out of foster care. Read full book review >
LAST MAN OUT by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Believable pain and recovery against a solid football backdrop. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A middle school football player grieves his father's death both on and off the field. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >