Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

MAPMAKER by Mark Bomback
Released: April 14, 2015

"Readers caught up in the plot should brace themselves for a total lack of closure and a wait for Book 2. (Thriller. 12-17)"
Tanya's impeccable sense of direction can't keep her from feeling lost when her father dies. Read full book review >
ZEROBOXER by Fonda Lee
Released: April 8, 2015

"Top-notch science fiction and a great sports novel too. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Boxing gets an upgrade to zero gravity in this futuristic outing. Read full book review >

DATING DOWN by Stefanie Lyons
Released: April 8, 2015

"Turbulent love via turbulent poems. (Verse fiction. 14-18)"
A teen falls into a damaging romance. Read full book review >
LIES I TOLD by Michelle Zink
Released: April 7, 2015

"Highly readable, gripping and touching. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A girl struggles to hold onto her own identity within her family of thieves. Read full book review >
DIARY OF A WAITRESS by Carolyn Meyer
Released: April 7, 2015

"A slowly paced and occasionally even tedious depiction of a small slice of American railroad history. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Although more than a year too young for the position, almost-17-year-old Kitty takes a job as a Harvey Girl, one of the well-trained waitresses that staffed a national restaurant chain serving rail passengers from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries. Read full book review >

LIKE A RIVER by Kathy Cannon Wiechman
Released: April 7, 2015

"A superb Civil War tale of friendship, loyalty and what it means to be a man. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
The stories of three teens intersect in the later years of the Civil War in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2015

"Teens interested in any and all aspects of a career in dance will find useful and entertaining information here. (resources, glossary, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
From ballet to Broadway and from Hollywood to hip-hop: a how-to. Read full book review >
SKANDAL by Lindsay Smith
Released: April 7, 2015

"Well-paced action and mystery for an appealing heroine, complete with Cold War attitudes. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
In 1964, a psychic Russian teen works with the CIA to prevent war with the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF NIGHT by Kelley Armstrong
Released: April 7, 2015

"Cliffhangers and morbid humor balance out too many plot twists and slow pacing in this unnecessarily complicated sequel. Readers will have to wait for resolution. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Twins Moria and Ashyn may have left the Forest, but they aren't out of the woods yet in this romance- and politics-filled sequel to Sea of Shadows (2014).Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2015

"This one's strictly for fans of lightweight romance. (Fiction. 12­-16)"
Sage is known around school as Princess Post-it for her efforts to cheer others up by sticking anonymous compliments on their lockers. Read full book review >
FIG by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
Released: April 7, 2015

"Achingly gorgeous, with a baffling end. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
A girl grows from 6 to 18 on a Kansas farm, methodically trying to fix her mother's mental illness. Read full book review >
MISS MAYHEM by Rachel Hawkins
Released: April 7, 2015

"It all seems quite ordinary supernatural stuff until it isn't. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
In this sequel to Rebel Belle (2014), the new romance between Harper and David is threatened by their supernatural abilities.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >