Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

THE LITTLE QUEEN by Meia Geddes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A surprising and enchanting parable about personal and artistic growth."
After her parents die, a young queen ventures forth to learn more about the world and its people in this children's novella. Read full book review >
SOLO  by Kwame Alexander
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A contemporary hero's journey, brilliantly told. (Verse fiction. 14-adult)"
The 17-year-old son of a troubled rock star is determined to find his own way in life and love. Read full book review >

YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"Virtually every teenager struggles with difference and identity; at its best, this book will help its readers understand and embrace intersectionality. (notes, further reading) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
How do parents react when a child is far different from themselves—and how do those children cope with difference? Read full book review >
EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE by Katrina Leno
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"A charming and sophisticated take on handling grief with a mystical twist ending that is sure to engage teens nostalgic for the magic of reading Harry Potter or Tuck Everlasting for the first time. (Fiction. 13-18)"
When Lottie's favorite aunt dies, she leaves behind a wave of grief—and a mysterious series of letters. Read full book review >
THE WRONG TRAIN by Jeremy de Quidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Invites imaginations to run wild with petrifying preternatural possibilities. (Short stories/horror. 10-14)"
A short story collection framed by the tale of a boy who catches the wrong train. Read full book review >

LITTLE MONSTERS by Kara Thomas
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"Too bent on keeping readers in the dark to allow for true mystery. (Thriller. 14-18)"
The new girl in town teases apart a web of lies in the wake of her friend's disappearance. Read full book review >
A PROMISING LIFE by Emily Arnold McCully
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"A slow read with an emphasis placed on the 'benefits' of Jean's Christianized education and a focus that glosses over the genocide that occurred among Native American people. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Jean Baptiste Charbonneau was born to a Frenchman, Toussaint, and a Shoshone woman, Sakakawea, who assisted Lewis and Clark on their legendary expedition. Read full book review >
THE APPRENTICE WITCH by James Nicol
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Not every fantasy has to be epic, grimdark, or startlingly new; this one is as cozy as a teapot and as comfy as old slippers. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
An insecure young witch comes into her own in this pleasantly old-fashioned fantasy debut. Read full book review >
LUCKY IN LOVE by Kasie West
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"There's a wealth of profoundly topical, thematic territory to explore in lottery wins; this iteration, with its cast of culturally and economically diverse characters, is especially resonant. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen discovers that winning the lottery has an inescapable downside. Read full book review >
16 WAYS TO BREAK A HEART by Lauren Strasnick
Released: July 25, 2017

"A well-written but melodramatic he-said, she-said epistolary retrospective of an unhealthy relationship. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Talented teen Los Angelenos recall their toxic romance in this angst-y breakup story. Read full book review >
FIRST WE WERE IV by Alexandra Sirowy
Released: July 25, 2017

"A disturbing, morally gray, intense page-turner. (Thriller. 16-adult)"
Four friends cement their bond with a secret society that gets beyond out of hand. Read full book review >
THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH by Candace Ganger
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"A tear-jerker that fails to connect despite desperate effort. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Tragedy hovers over a blossoming romance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >