Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

A SINGLE STONE by Meg McKinlay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A beautiful, sparkling gem. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In an isolated mountain village, seven girls tunnel deep into the earth in order to provide for the well-being of all. Read full book review >
ENEMY EXPOSURE by Meghan Rogers
Released: March 14, 2017

"High-octane espionage that's heavy on thrills but light on character growth. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Teen spy Jocelyn recruits double agents from KATO to gain intelligence, but can she trust them? Read full book review >

A DOG IN THE CAVE by Kay Frydenborg
Released: March 14, 2017

"This lively blend of science and history is an outstanding example of narrative nonfiction. (Nonfiction 12 & up)"
A compelling look at the origins of and the ongoing unique relationship between humans and dogs. Read full book review >
THE GUY, THE GIRL, THE ARTIST AND HIS EX by Gabrielle Williams
Released: March 14, 2017

"A winning, offbeat romp for all ages. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
The lives of four young people intersect in unexpected ways as the result of a spectacular art heist in Melbourne. Read full book review >
WHO KILLED CHRISTOPHER GOODMAN? by Allan Wolf
Released: March 14, 2017

"A heartfelt, intricate examination of what underlies human behavior. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
The day after a summer festival, two teenagers find the body of a schoolmate by the side of a road. Read full book review >

MAID OF THE KING'S COURT by Lucy Worsley
Released: March 14, 2017

"Exhilarating, romantic, and illuminating; has the potential to turn casual readers into Tudor history buffs. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 15 & up)"
Hampton Court curator Worsley's debut novel for teens digs into the danger that lies just beneath the glamour of Henry VIII's court. Read full book review >
EYES & SPIES by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Released: March 14, 2017

"Though there are plenty of issues worthy of attention not addressed here, this lively effort serves well as a revealing, thoughtful, and provocative introduction to a complex subject and alarming realities. (further reading, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The word "Orwellian" is oddly absent in this chilling look at how we now live in a world of near-constant surveillance and data collection. Read full book review >
KINGS OF THE COURT by Alison Hughes
Released: March 14, 2017

"Contrivances aside, a good-hearted story of gladiators, kings, and kids with dreams. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sameer and Vijay are not great basketball players, but they loyally find ways to contribute to their junior high school team. Read full book review >
ECHOES OF MEMORY by A.R. Kahler
Released: March 14, 2017

"Not much here for readers looking for an engaging supernatural adventure. (Suspense. 14-18)"
This sequel to Shades of Darkness (2016) follows Chris and Kaira, friends caught between mystical god-beings who fight over possession of their souls. Read full book review >
YVAIN by M.T. Anderson
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 14, 2017

"A compulsively readable and eminently enjoyable retelling that breathes new life into an old classic. (author's, illustrator's notes) (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
The violence and romance of Arthurian legend practically pop off of the pages of Anderson (Symphony for the City of the Dead, 2015, etc.) and Offermann's (Well of Witches, 2016, etc.) striking graphic-novel adaptation of Chretien de Troyes' epic poem. Read full book review >
SAYING GOODBYE TO LONDON by Julie Burtinshaw
Released: March 14, 2017

"This flawed teen-pregnancy novel suffers from inconsistent characterization and confusing third-person narration. (Fiction. 13-17) "
Two Vancouver, British Columbia, teens discover they're expecting a baby and must overcome differences to choose ideal adoptive parents. Read full book review >
RENEGADE RED by Lauren Bird Horowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A bloody, action-stuffed rescue mission in the supernatural world of the Fae."
In Book 2 of Horowitz's (Shattered Blue, 2015) YA fantasy series, The Light Trilogy, a teen's battle with brutal metaphysical forces develops her inner skills. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >