Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: June 28, 2016

"JC's voice, spoken and unspoken, rings with a note of authenticity. (Fiction. 12-17)"
A summer with his estranged father on an island in the Pacific Northwest helps JC come to grips with his best friend's death. Read full book review >
AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White
Released: June 28, 2016

"Addictive intrigue that will send readers to history books as a balm while waiting for the sequel. (dramatis personae, glossary, author's note; not seen) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A historical reimagining that asks: what if Vlad the Impaler had been a woman? Read full book review >

WINNING by Lara Deloza
Released: June 28, 2016

"A queen bee and her hive, dissected. (Chick lit. 12-18)"
Alexandra has one goal: becoming Miss America, a goal her mother could not reach. First, however, Alexandra has to win Homecoming Queen. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF DUST by Eleanor Herman
Released: June 28, 2016

"This middle volume offers a rising plot and ever bigger baddies; anyone who makes it this far is definitely in for Volume 3. (author's note; discussion guide) (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
The second outing in Herman's Blood of Gods and Royals series following Legacy of Kings (2015), continuing the tale of Alexander the Great and his compatriots as teens. Read full book review >
Released: June 28, 2016

"Cloaked in the glow of a mysterious and almost magical influx of fireflies, it's a fresh take with a familiar feel. (Fiction. 12 -16)"
When a lightning strike robs Penny of her memory, she's given a second chance at friendship, love, and self-discovery. Read full book review >

THE MARKED GIRL by Lindsey Klingele
Released: June 21, 2016

"Fast, light, and lacking in substance. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A teen girl's destiny crosses with that of a prince from another world. Read full book review >
NEVER EVER by Sara Saedi
Released: June 21, 2016

"In the end, a disjointed and unrealistic effort—and not because it takes place in a world where no one ages past 17. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
A modern-day Peter Pan plucks a girl and her brothers from the Upper East Side. Read full book review >
MIRROR IN THE SKY by Aditi Khorana
Released: June 21, 2016

"Like a space explorer, Tara is thrust into the uncharted territory of life and must decide how she will navigate this new part of herself. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
New friends and the discovery of a new planet cause one teen to question her life on Earth—and beyond. Read full book review >
UNPLUGGED by Donna Freitas
Released: June 21, 2016

"Despite imperfections, one of the more ambitious and thought-provoking entries in a crowded genre. (Science fiction/dystopia. 12 & up)"
The selfie-tastical virtual world decides to unplug from the physical one, stranding one girl from her family—and from the truth. Read full book review >
Released: June 21, 2016

"An engaging coming-of-age tale. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The sights, sounds, and smells of New York are the backdrop for lessons learned. Read full book review >
Risuko by David Kudler
Released: June 15, 2016

"A tight, exciting, and thoughtful first volume in what promises to be a fine series about a female ninja."
In this YA historical novel set in Japan's Sengoku period, a girl who adores climbing attends an unusual school. Read full book review >
LOCAL GIRL SWEPT AWAY by Ellen Wittlinger
Released: June 15, 2016

"Little enjoyment stems from witnessing the manipulation and bad decisions of these wishy-washy characters. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Lorna led her friendship quartet, so her death leaves her friends both grief-stricken and lacking independent identities. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >