Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

Journey Home by Tori Meyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Gentle handling of a difficult but important subject."
Lyrical text and soaring imagery give school-age children a taste of war, peace, freedom, and military service. Read full book review >
THE NATIVITY by Géraldine Elschner
by Géraldine Elschner, illustrated by Giotto, translated by Kathryn Bishop, adapted by Martin West
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An exquisite volume of most interest to students of art, church libraries, or large libraries with extensive art collections. (Picture book/religion. 9 & up)"
This striking version of the Nativity story is illustrated with reproductions of fresco paintings by the Italian renaissance artist Giotto. Read full book review >

TERRIFYING TALES by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Scieszka's mission to provide quality books for boys succeeds again, though, of course, girls will be just as horrified as the boys. (Anthology. 9-12)"
The sixth volume in the Guys Read "Library of Great Reading" offers 10 stories to freak you out, "so scary you'd pee in your pants." Read full book review >
THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is the late Pratchett's last book; even not-quite-perfect Pratchett is something to treasure and can proudly take its place in one heck of a literary legacy. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
"Cry ‘Crivens!' and let loose the clan Mac Feegle!" Read full book review >
Mind Over Bullies  by D.K. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"Complex, layered YA that easily appeals to adults, too.
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In this intricate YA tale, teenagers with special skills unite to confront bullying, though they end up fighting crime, murder, and terrorism. Read full book review >

KEEPERS OF THE LABYRINTH by Erin E. Moulton
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A promising idea that misses its mark. (Thriller. 12-15)"
Sixteen-year-old Lil travels to Crete in hopes of connecting with her deceased mother's mysterious past. Read full book review >
CODE OF HONOR by Alan Gratz
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Quibbles aside, Kamran is a smart and sympathetic narrator, and readers will be happy to spend time with him in this action-packed thriller. (Adventure.14-18)"
An Iranian-American teen's faith in his beloved brother is pushed to the limit when it appears that he may be involved in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. Read full book review >
REAWAKENED by Colleen Houck
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Happily, this paranormal romance has enough humor to keep the pages flipping, though it's unlikely to attract fans not already devoted to the genre. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
A reanimated mummy has an important mission and needs 17-year-old Lily in order to succeed. Read full book review >
RANDOMS by David Liss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Real geeks wouldn't have it any other way. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
Part of Spider-Man's appeal is that he's a geek; people love him because he gets picked on as much as any nerdy teenager. Zeke Reynolds follows in the same tradition. Read full book review >
A LITTLE IN LOVE by Susan Fletcher
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A worthy companion book, with storytelling strong enough to interest even readers unfamiliar with the original novel or its many adaptations. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
The story of Eponine Thenardier, a side character from Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, is told here, from early childhood to untimely death.Read full book review >
ANOTHER DAY by David Levithan
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A fast-paced, absorbing companion. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
Waking up in a new body each day ain't easy—neither is trying to keep track of the person who does. Read full book review >
THIRTEEN DAYS OF MIDNIGHT by Leo Hunt
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A sprightly, original story with good twists. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
Sixteen-year-old Luke has no idea what he's in for when he inherits his dad's Host of malevolent ghosts. 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 >