Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

TO CATCH A CHEAT by Varian Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A doctored video showing Jackson Greene and his eighth-grade friends sneaking in to clog Maplewood Middle School toilets pulls the former prankster and his crew into an elaborate set of strategies to catch the perpetrator and foil a couple of would-be cheaters in the process. Read full book review >
I'M FROM NOWHERE by Suzanne Myers
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Wren's engaging voice combines with a strong sense of place and nicely developed secondary characters to yield a satisfying read. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A California teen finds her way at a ritzy East Coast boarding school. Read full book review >

THE MEMORY OF LIGHT by Francisco X. Stork
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Following Schneider Award-winning Marcelo in the Real World (2009), Stork further marks himself as a major voice in teen literature by delivering one of his richest and most emotionally charged novels yet.(Fiction. 12 & up)"
After a failed suicide attempt, 16-year-old Vicky Cruz wakes up in a hospital's mental ward, where she must find a path to recovery—and maybe rescue some others. Read full book review >
ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Artful, original, insightful. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
After a young girl is left to fend for herself in World War II Poland, she stumbles upon an intriguing gentleman who she hopes will guide her out of the emerging chaos of war. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A provocative, gripping account. (photos, maps, timeline, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
In this sweeping world history, Mann chronicles the spread of globalization, examining the mingling of the world's ecosystems through travel, trade, colonization, conquest, and migration, from its beginnings in the 15th century to its continued impact in the present day. Read full book review >

IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT by Paul Rudnick
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Hilarious, irresistible, and oh so timely. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Caitlin Mary Prudence Rectitude Singleberry leads a wholesome, home-schooled life in Parsippany, New Jersey, and enjoys performing with her family (the Singing Singleberries) while waiting to hear from the 12 colleges she's applied to, so what is she doing in jail with her nose pierced, neon hair, and a tattoo?Read full book review >
APOLLO by George O'Connor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Apollo's darker tendencies overshadow his divine radiance here but, as usual, make better tales. (Olympian family tree) (Graphic mythology. 8-14)"
O'Connor makes out his latest Olympian as a tragic hero "who has had many loves, but whose loves seldom prosper." To say the least. Read full book review >
THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD by Emily Henry
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"While the love is so at-first-sight as to be clichéd and the cultural issues problematic, this debut is otherwise sensitive, lyrical, and deftly plotted. (Speculative fiction. 12 & up)"
Time-slips on a time crunch give a teenage girl a long shot at love. Read full book review >
WE ARE THE ANTS by Shaun David Hutchinson
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Bitterly funny, with a ray of hope amid bleakness. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Extraterrestrials offer depressed, acerbic Henry Denton the chance to save the Earth from certain destruction by pressing a red button. Read full book review >
SHADE ME by Jennifer Brown
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"An intense, often exasperating, sometimes-thrilling series opener. (Thriller. 12-18)"
An 18-year-old girl decides to investigate an attempted murder on her own. Read full book review >
THE CAPTURE by Tom Isbell
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Heroics, bravery, and action don't compensate for serious implausibility issues. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 13-17)"
The escaped Less Thans and Sisters from The Prey (2015) return to rescue those left behind.Read full book review >
CONCENTR8 by William  Sutcliffe
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"This thriller is bogged down by polemic and poor character development. (Dystopian thriller. 13-16)"
A near-future thriller about overprescription. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >