Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

BENEATH WANDERING STARS by Ashlee Cowles
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Though a bit oversimplified at times, the story will open a portal to families with injured soldiers and propel conversations about war, identity, philosophy, and hardship. (Fiction. 14-18)"
After her older brother, Lucas, is wounded in action and rendered comatose, 17-year-old Gabriela Santiago decides to honor a promise to her brother by walking the Camino de Santiago alongside Seth Russo, the unlikeliest of companions. Read full book review >
WATCHING TRAFFIC by Jane Ozkowski
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A short, slice-of-life-style story that fans of literary fiction will find satisfying. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An unexpected romance opens up new possibilities for a young woman who's just graduated from high school in this debut novel set in small-town Ontario. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 31, 2016

"Rowling's name on the cover will guarantee mad sales, even for an unadventurous spinoff like this. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
The Boy Who Lived may be done with Voldemort, but Voldemort's not done with him. Read full book review >
SILVER SHARD by Betsy Streeter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 29, 2016

"An entertaining if not entirely transparent sequel. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
In this follow-up to Silverwood (2015), the Silverwood clan must ensure its old enemy doesn't escape its supernatural prison. Read full book review >
P.S. I LIKE YOU by Kasie West
Released: July 26, 2016

"Readers after an enjoyable beach romance won't go wrong with this. (Romance. 12-16)"
What happens when your intriguing pen pal and the thorn in your side are the same person? Read full book review >

THE DARKEST HOUR by Caroline Tung Richmond
Released: July 26, 2016

"Thrills, action, and the moral certainty of fighting Nazis drive this thriller. (Historical thriller. 12-14)"
A girl spy in Nazi-occupied France contends with a dastardly Nazi plot as well as treason within the Allied ranks. Read full book review >
HOW TO HANG A WITCH by Adriana Mather
Released: July 26, 2016

"Pure contrivance—nothing more. (Paranormal romance. 12-16)"
When Cotton Mather's lineal descendant, several generations along, moves to modern-day Salem, Massachusetts, she triggers a curse that's been in effect since 1692. Read full book review >
GEMINI by Sonya Mukherjee
Released: July 26, 2016

"Compelling and suspenseful from Page 1; Clara and Hailey pull readers into their unique world and don't let go. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Twins Clara and Hailey, 17, are as close as it gets—conjoined at the lower back, entangled internally, sharing lower body sensations—but each harbors different dreams. Read full book review >
RIVERKEEP by Martin Stewart
Released: July 26, 2016

"A rich debut: Huck Finn meets Moby-Dick. (map) (Fantasy. 14-18)"
In a desperate effort to save his stricken father, naïve young Wulliam sets off down a river strewn with deadly hazards…to tackle the sea monster at its mouth. Read full book review >
A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH by Alexis Deacon
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 26, 2016

"Readers will give themselves over to the dreamlike, immersive narrative, trusting that Volume 2, A Game Without Rules will be along soon. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
Fifty souls of diverse race and gender gather to witness the passing of great chief Matarka, and one of them will be her successor—if that person can win the cruelly arbitrary contest governed by the sorceress Niope. Read full book review >
THE MEMORY BOOK by Lara  Avery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2016

"Indelible. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A high school valedictorian with big plans to flee her small town gets a degenerative genetic disease. Read full book review >
NORTH FORK by Wayne M. Johnston
Released: July 22, 2016

"Overall, the tripartite narration works well to deliver a suspenseful story. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When Kristen disappears one night, her absence leaves a gap that affects everyone, especially two people her own age. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >