Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

IT'S NOT LIKE IT'S A SECRET by Misa Sugiura
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"Well-paced, brimming with drama, and utterly vital. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Sugiura debuts with an angst-y coming-of-age narrative set at the intersections of identity, family, and first love. Read full book review >
CREWE CHASE AND THE JET REAPERS by E. Sisco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing tale that combines the fantasy structure of the Potter series with the persecution narrative of the X-Men."
This series opener introduces a world where ordinary humans called Cados oppress and execute wizards—and a school becomes a recruiting ground for elite magical soldiers. Read full book review >

THE CHAMPIONS' GAME by Saul Ramirez
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 8, 2017

"Accessible for all readers, this story is a natural for the big screen: check and mate. (appendix, afterword) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Chess is life, and life is chess in El Paso, Texas, the unpretentious setting for an inspiring, true story. Read full book review >
THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 4, 2017

"Readers seeking a queer fantasy that taps into the popularity of mermaids and fairy-tale adaptations may appreciate this offering despite its flaws. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A free-spirited mermaid chafes against the constraints of her imperiled community, risking her life for a taste of love and freedom. Read full book review >
FOUR WEEKS, FIVE PEOPLE by Jennifer Yu
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Though not perfect, moving and of interest to teens experiencing similar stresses. (Fiction. 14-16)"
Five teens work on their mental health during four weeks at a wilderness-therapy camp. Read full book review >

HOW TO MAKE A WISH by Ashley Herring Blake
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Despite the heavy topics addressed, the story never feels hopeless or depressing, as the author writes with nuance and care about her cast of admirably strong, loyal, and resilient teens who face head on the challenges life throws at them. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The indelible impact parents can make is at the heart of this relationship-driven coming-of-age novel. Read full book review >
TEXTROVERT by Lindsey Summers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Blandly engaging. (Romance. 12-16)"
A text-messaging accident leads to romance. Read full book review >
SOUPY LEAVES HOME by Cecil Castellucci
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 2, 2017

"A compelling graphic offering that explores relevant gender roles and self-identity through a historical lens. (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Abused by her domineering father, Pearl reinvents herself as a boy and takes to the road. Read full book review >
AVENGED by Amy Tintera
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 2, 2017

"Treachery and tentative romances but no resolution; best for fervent fans of the first one. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Kingdoms and heirs continue to clash in this political fantasy sequel to Ruined (2016). Read full book review >
SAY NO TO THE BRO by Kat Helgeson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"A thinly veiled riff on the teen film She's All That, lacking charm. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The new girl in town grapples with unwanted attention after being forced into a high school prom-date auction. Read full book review >
WINDFALL by Jennifer E.  Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Smart and entertaining, as to be expected from Smith. (Fiction. 12-17)"
When the lottery ticket Alice gives to Teddy, the boy she's secretly loved for years, wins him a fortune, they discover money really does change everything. Read full book review >
SPILL ZONE by Scott Westerfeld
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 2, 2017

"A necessary start, with intriguing hints at action and weirdness to come. (Graphic science fiction. 14-adult)"
Taking photos of the dangers in the Spill Zone can be deadly, but it pays the bills. 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 >