Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This heartwarming story transcends the ordinary by exploring the hopes, dreams, and inherent risks of love in all of its forms. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Suffering from "bubble baby disease," Madeline has lived for 18 years in a sterile, sealed house with her physician mother. Read full book review >
DON'T FAIL ME NOW by Una LaMarche
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This story of teen resilience will resonate with readers. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Five young people drive cross-country seeking to reconnect with the father that had abandoned three of them. Read full book review >

INFINITE IN BETWEEN by Carolyn Mackler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Characters live, grow, and ultimately come of age in a beautifully constructed world. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A Breakfast Club-style, randomly assigned freshman orientation group experiences the highs and lows of four years of high school.Read full book review >
ARE YOU STILL THERE by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An intriguing mix of a whodunit and social commentary on the tragic and all-too-common problems of bullying and teen suicide. (Thriller. 13-17)"
Following a bomb threat at a high school, an anonymous hotline is set up to gather leads and provide students with emotional support. Read full book review >
FIREWALKER by Josephine Angelini
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sequel of surprising depth and drama. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Lily faces new trials against the ever enigmatic Lillian, the monstrous Woven, and, to her surprise, her own morality. Read full book review >

LEADING LINES by Chantel Guertin
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Pippa's fresh, up-to-date voice is muted by her misery, making for gray-tone images rather than the dynamism of color. (Fiction. 11-18)"
Pippa Greene is back in her hometown trying to sort out her confusing relationship with Dylan. Read full book review >
A WHOLE NEW WORLD by Liz Braswell
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Competent enough as fan fiction, but strictly for (not-too-devoted) fans of the movie. (Fantasy. 13-18)"
In a Disney-authorized riff on the animated film Aladdin, one crucial plot twist has horrifying results.Read full book review >
TEACH YOUR KIDS TO CODE by Bryson Payne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Sophisticated concepts and serious programming make for an easy, enjoyable game for families. (Python setup information, Pygame setup instructions, module-building instructions, glossary, index, website address for updates) (Nonfiction. 8 & up)"
A programming manual for parents and kids to use together. Read full book review >
LOYALIST TO A FAULT by Evan Munday
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Enjoyably campy horror set in a small town with, plainly, dark secrets aplenty yet to discover. (Mystery/fantasy. 12-15)"
Someone is systematically looting the town of Sticksville of its historical records in this third caper featuring punk teen detective October Schwartz and her five dead partners. Read full book review >
THE BODY by R.J. Martin
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This morass of subplots and clichés can easily be ignored. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Is there anything but the priesthood in Jonah's future? Read full book review >
QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Impossible to put down. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Having cast off her Celaena identity, Aelin returns to Adarlan to reclaim her crown. Read full book review >
FIRE FIGHT by Jacqueline  Guest
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Despite the compelling premise, this latest book from Guest falls short of its potential. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Kai Hunter will not go to foster care. When her grandmother dies and leaves her all alone, she runs away from the Stoney Reserve near Calgary, Alberta, to make a new life for herself. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >