Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

PALACE OF LIES by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: April 7, 2015

"A welcome return to the Just Ella universe. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Haddix continues the series that began with the alternate "Cinderella" Just Ella (1999) with a story about a different princess.Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2015

"Funny, moving and emotionally wise. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A gay teen comes out to friends, family and classmates after his secret correspondence with another boy is discovered. Read full book review >

NONE OF THE ABOVE by I.W. Gregorio
Released: April 7, 2015

"Sensitive, informative and a valuable resource for teens in Kristin's shoes. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Cross-country runner Kristin Lattimer is devastated when an OB-GYN diagnoses her with androgen insensitivity syndrome, an intersex condition. Read full book review >
NELSON MANDELA by Beatrice Gormley
Released: April 7, 2015

"A complete, informative introduction to a nonviolent revolutionary and one of history's most important champions of human rights. (photos, timeline, glossary, source notes) (Biography. 10-14)"
A young troublemaker grows up to be a civil rights activist, president of his country and world leader in this overview of the life and work of the Nobel Prize-winning peacemaker. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2015

"A richly detailed introduction to the tragedy of the last royal family of Russia. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Anastasia and her siblings may be kept in ignorance about most of the tragedy and upheaval affecting Russia in the early 20th century, but that doesn't stop them from worrying about the world beyond their daily lives. Read full book review >

Released: April 7, 2015

"Despite a strong start, the book doesn't stick the landing, but it's still suitably scary for fans. (Horror. 10-14)"
A teen babysitter encounters monstrous demons as the nightmares on Fear Street continue. Read full book review >
ASK THE DARK by Henry Turner
Released: April 7, 2015

"Flawed but observant and courageous, Billy and his taut storytelling will engage readers of all stripes. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
An unlikely hero saves missing boys in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU LEAVE by Monica Ropal
Released: April 7, 2015

"One great big whodontcare. (Mystery. 11-14)"
A skater girl-turned-private school coed investigates the death of her two-week-old hookup in this debut. Read full book review >
CHANGERS by T. Cooper
Released: April 7, 2015

"A mixed bag plotwise, but Oryon's humor and insight will keep readers turning pages. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
The body-swapping Changer who spent her freshman year of high school as Drew (Changers: Drew, 2014) now spends his sophomore year as Oryon.Read full book review >
ONE THING STOLEN by Beth Kephart
Released: April 7, 2015

"Disturbing, sometimes unsettling and ultimately offering a sliver of hope, this effort rivetingly captures the destructive effects of mental and physical illness on a likable, sweet-natured teen. (Fiction. 11-18)"
Something very bad is happening to 17-year-old Nadia. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2015

"A deliciously informative, engaging and sweeping chronicle of one of the most popular treats in the world. (timeline, bibliography, websites) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Stories of ancient cultures, religion, conquest, slavery, privilege, invention, medicine, culinary experimentation, science and more are all confected together in this flavorful, richly textured historical chronicle of chocolate. Read full book review >
THE SHARK CURTAIN by Chris Scofield
Released: April 7, 2015

"An ambitious, self-conscious muddle. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
In her debut novel, Scofield offers readers an insider's view of the unusual mind of Lily Asher.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >