Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

BREAKING SKY by Cori McCarthy
Released: March 10, 2015

"Smart, exciting, confident—and quite possibly the next Big Thing. (Dystopian thriller. 12-16)"
Teen pilots fight for the cause in a dystopian future. Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Despite what's possibly the most agonizing cliffhanger since Catching Fire, genre fans will find it worth their time. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A displaced teenage queen acts as a thief, spy and vigilante while plotting to reclaim her throne. Read full book review >

EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME by Andrea Seigel
Released: March 10, 2015

"Funny, poignant and worldly-wise with a light touch. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Talented teens from different backgrounds are hosted in grand style at a swanky mansion in Los Angeles, where they are competing in Spotlight, a combination talent and reality show. Read full book review >
THE DICKENS MIRROR by Ilsa J. Bick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"An ambitious, atmospheric, not-entirely-successful attempt at a head trip. (Fantasy/horror. 14 & up)"
The world-hopping adventure begun in the previous volume (White Space, 2014) concludes in a new Now, a Victorian London crumbling right out from under the characters.Read full book review >
TAGGED by Diane C. Mullen
Released: March 10, 2015

"A solid, interesting novel. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A 14-year-old graffiti artist spends a summer away from his inner-city home. Read full book review >

TETHER by Anna Jarzab
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Despite predictability and second-book syndrome, a generally fast and enjoyable read of interpersonal drama and rescues. (Science fantasy. 12 & up)"
Back on Earth and discontented after the events of Tandem (2013), Sasha returns to Aurora for the boy she left behind.Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 2015

"A superbly written, smart and sensitive guidebook. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
From veteran journalist Seidman comes a straightforward guide for the teen interested in contemplating atheism. Read full book review >
THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B by Teresa Toten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Readers be warned: Like Augustus Waters before him, Adam Spencer Ross will renew your faith in real-life superheroes and shatter your heart in equal measure. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
What would it feel like to wake up normal? It's a question most people would never have cause to ask—and the one 14-year-old Adam Spencer Ross longs to have answered. Read full book review >
LITTLE PEACH by Peggy Kern
Released: March 10, 2015

"Despite clear good intentions, the book's focus on victimization is ultimately distancing, creating a likable-but-alienating protagonist. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A 14-year-old flees a terrible home situation only to land in child prostitution. Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 2015

"Though Andraka's test and other inventions remain years away from real-world use, his evident delight in science and his rocky adolescence furnish plenty of role-model material—and not just for STEM savants. (Memoir. 11-15)"
Meet the gay geeky high school genius who won top prize at the world's most prestigious science fair with a revolutionary test for early signs of pancreatic cancer. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE DRAGON'S MOUTH by Joyce Burns Zeiss
Released: March 8, 2015

"Nevertheless, given the dearth of material about the exodus of the families that supported democracy in Vietnam, this novel has value in helping to bring home to modern readers the great costs they suffered. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
In 1978, Chinese-Vietnamese Mai's previously wealthy family has sent her away as a first step in getting the whole family to the safety of America. Read full book review >
THE CRIMSON GATE by Whitney A. Miller
Released: March 8, 2015

"Extreme gore and exciting suspense in a highly strange package. (Horror. 14-18)"
The story of a bizarre cult morphs into a horror novel in this sequel to The Violet Hour (2014).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >