Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

UNDECIDED by Genevieve Morgan
Released: April 8, 2014

"A helpful guide full of good, sensible advice to teens feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of major life transitions. (resources, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
A sympathetic, practical self-help guide for teens facing the end of high school and unable to decide what to do next. Read full book review >
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS by Katherine Kirkpatrick
Released: April 8, 2014

"Stripped of airbrushed romanticism and Eurocentric gloss, a rare look at culture clash arising from polar exploration. (map, photo, Inuktun glossary, historical timeline, notes) (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
This strong historical novel portrays the impact of Robert E. Peary's polar expeditions on the family and world of a young Inuit woman who joined them. Read full book review >

DARKBOUND by Scott Tracey
Released: April 8, 2014

"A solid sequel. (Urban fantasy. 14-18)"
The children of a defeated terrorist witch coven called Moonset uncover more of their parents' legacy in this sequel to Moonset (2013). Read full book review >
DIRT BIKES, DRONES, AND OTHER WAYS TO FLY by Conrad Wesselhoeft
Released: April 8, 2014

"As complex as life itself, this novel addresses serious topics without taking itself too seriously. (Fiction. 14-18)"
There is a place where Arlo goes to break free—free from his mother's recent murder, his father's grief, his sister's progressing Huntington's disease. In this place, the Drone Zone, it all falls away and there is just the moment. Read full book review >
UNCERTAIN GLORY by Lea Wait
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2014

"A worthy and entertaining trip back through time. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Joe runs his own newspaper, quite an accomplishment for a 14-year-old, even in 1861. With the Civil War beginning and a young spiritualist in town, he's got lots to write about. Read full book review >

TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han
Released: April 2, 2014

"Regardless, readers will likely be so swept up in the romance they can read past any flaws. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An ultimately compelling exploration of teenage growth and young love. Read full book review >
DEAR KILLER by Katherine Ewell
Released: April 1, 2014

"Chilling and fascinating at the same time, despite flaws. (Suspense. 13-16)"
This unusual and absorbing debut looks at a serial killer through the eyes of the killer herself. Read full book review >
COLD CALLS by Charles Benoit
Released: April 1, 2014

"Alas, fails to shed light on the all-too-common issue of bullying and its impact on the emotional lives of teens. (Mystery. 12-15)"
Three teens blackmailed into bullying behaviors team up to discover who's behind it. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS by Shannon Hale
Released: April 1, 2014

"A change of pace that largely succeeds, showing that Hale's range is wider than her readers might have expected. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Fairy-tale-telling Hale tackles straight-up science fiction in a tale seemingly tailor-made to forestall complaints about lovelorn teen heroines and all-white casts of characters. Read full book review >
JASMINE AND MADDIE by Christine Pakkala
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"While no new ground is covered in Pakkala's novel, the spot-on cover will entice readers who will identify with the pain of middle school, enjoy the well-developed secondary characters and applaud the girls' growth. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Can two seemingly opposite girls become friends? Read full book review >
LEARNING NOT TO DROWN by Anna Shinoda
Released: April 1, 2014

"A thought-provoker that will leave readers contemplating the line between family loyalty and self-preservation. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Shinoda's first novel introduces readers to 17-year-old Clare Tovin and her Family Skeleton. Read full book review >
PLASTIC, AHOY! by Patricia Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A sobering introduction and solid demonstration of science research in action. (source notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
Student researchers spend three weeks on a small ship investigating plastic residue and its effect on ocean water and marine life in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Read full book review >