Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

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 >

YOUNG PALESTINIANS SPEAK by Anthony Robinson
Released: July 25, 2017

"A poignant, powerful, and insightful collection of voices seldom heard. (photos, maps, timeline, references) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Children, teens, and 20-somethings, from all over Gaza Strip and the West Bank, speak in their own voices about their daily experiences of living under occupation. Read full book review >
MADDIE & SAYARA by Sanjyot P.  Dunung
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2017

"A mostly engaging story of sticking up for one's own beliefs, aimed at young readers interested in questions of social justice."
A spunky 13-year-old girl challenges the sexist laws of another country in this middle-grade novel of girl power and social justice. Read full book review >
THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD by D.E. Night
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2017

"Harry Potter-like threads spun into a fresh, enjoyable mix of magic and mystery."
A teenage orphan enters a curious school and encounters mysteries and dangerous secrets in this first installment of a debut YA fantasy series. Read full book review >
FLIGHT RISK by Jennifer Fenn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 18, 2017

"Too much time on the tarmac, not enough time in the air. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A teenage boy with attention issues tries to escape his small town in Washington by stealing and crashing small planes from local airfields. Read full book review >
THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 18, 2017

"A doorstopper with a total shakeup of an ending: don't miss this splendid series opener. (map) (Historical fantasy. 12-adult)"
Gangs, immigrants, and the rich keeping the poor down, with a twist. Read full book review >
WITCHTOWN by Cory Putman Oakes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 18, 2017

"This uncomplicated, romantic story will charm reluctant readers who want a little magic but not all the tedious rituals. (map) (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Modern witches have relationship problems, too. Read full book review >
THE WENDY PROJECT by Melissa Jane Osborne
Released: July 18, 2017

"An ethereal and haunting exploration of grief and death. (Graphic fiction. 12-adult)"
In this heart-wrenching graphic novel, a teen girl responsible for her younger brother's death must decide to accept the harsh reality or lose herself in escapist denial. 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 >