Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

BREAKING SKY by Cori McCarthy
Released: March 10, 2015

"Smart, exciting, confident—and quite possibly the next Big Thing. (Dystopian thriller. 12-16)"
Teen pilots fight for the cause in a dystopian future. Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Despite what's possibly the most agonizing cliffhanger since Catching Fire, genre fans will find it worth their time. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A displaced teenage queen acts as a thief, spy and vigilante while plotting to reclaim her throne. Read full book review >

EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME by Andrea Seigel
Released: March 10, 2015

"Funny, poignant and worldly-wise with a light touch. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Talented teens from different backgrounds are hosted in grand style at a swanky mansion in Los Angeles, where they are competing in Spotlight, a combination talent and reality show. Read full book review >
THE DICKENS MIRROR by Ilsa J. Bick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"An ambitious, atmospheric, not-entirely-successful attempt at a head trip. (Fantasy/horror. 14 & up)"
The world-hopping adventure begun in the previous volume (White Space, 2014) concludes in a new Now, a Victorian London crumbling right out from under the characters.Read full book review >
TAGGED by Diane C. Mullen
Released: March 10, 2015

"A solid, interesting novel. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A 14-year-old graffiti artist spends a summer away from his inner-city home. Read full book review >

TETHER by Anna Jarzab
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Despite predictability and second-book syndrome, a generally fast and enjoyable read of interpersonal drama and rescues. (Science fantasy. 12 & up)"
Back on Earth and discontented after the events of Tandem (2013), Sasha returns to Aurora for the boy she left behind.Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 2015

"A superbly written, smart and sensitive guidebook. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
From veteran journalist Seidman comes a straightforward guide for the teen interested in contemplating atheism. Read full book review >
THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B by Teresa Toten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Readers be warned: Like Augustus Waters before him, Adam Spencer Ross will renew your faith in real-life superheroes and shatter your heart in equal measure. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
What would it feel like to wake up normal? It's a question most people would never have cause to ask—and the one 14-year-old Adam Spencer Ross longs to have answered. Read full book review >
LITTLE PEACH by Peggy Kern
Released: March 10, 2015

"Despite clear good intentions, the book's focus on victimization is ultimately distancing, creating a likable-but-alienating protagonist. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A 14-year-old flees a terrible home situation only to land in child prostitution. Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 2015

"Though Andraka's test and other inventions remain years away from real-world use, his evident delight in science and his rocky adolescence furnish plenty of role-model material—and not just for STEM savants. (Memoir. 11-15)"
Meet the gay geeky high school genius who won top prize at the world's most prestigious science fair with a revolutionary test for early signs of pancreatic cancer. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE DRAGON'S MOUTH by Joyce Burns Zeiss
Released: March 8, 2015

"Nevertheless, given the dearth of material about the exodus of the families that supported democracy in Vietnam, this novel has value in helping to bring home to modern readers the great costs they suffered. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
In 1978, Chinese-Vietnamese Mai's previously wealthy family has sent her away as a first step in getting the whole family to the safety of America. Read full book review >
THE CRIMSON GATE by Whitney A. Miller
Released: March 8, 2015

"Extreme gore and exciting suspense in a highly strange package. (Horror. 14-18)"
The story of a bizarre cult morphs into a horror novel in this sequel to The Violet Hour (2014).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >