Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

THE LOST MARBLE NOTEBOOK OF FORGOTTEN GIRL & RANDOM BOY by Marie Jaskulka
Released: April 7, 2015

"Graceful. Searing. Haunting. (Verse fiction. 12-17)"
Trying to escape their broken worlds, two teens fall in love with devastating results. Read full book review >
LAST OF THE SANDWALKERS by Jay Hosler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Hosler's sincere excitement in both the pursuit of knowledge and the power of comics makes these bugs eminently memorable. (illustrated cast of characters) (Graphic fantasy. 10 & up)"
Entomologist Hosler offers an epic adventure that delivers an astonishing amount of information in its interstices. Read full book review >

KILL SHOT by Bill Bunn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 6, 2015

"A thrown-together mishmash of fragmentary plot ideas, arbitrary events and discordant themes. (Thriller. 11-13)"
The discovery of a sunken World War II submarine plunges a rootless Labrador teen into a whirl of weird revelations and deadly danger. Read full book review >
I AM HER REVENGE by Meredith Moore
Released: April 4, 2015

"More soap operatic than Shakespearian. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A girl raised to be a weapon by her brutal mother must decide whether she's willing to ruin a boy's life for the sake of revenge. Read full book review >
CYBER ATTACK by Martin Gitlin
Released: April 1, 2015

"A bare-bones introduction for readers without a pre-existing interest. (source notes, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
A quick history of hacking, from the "phone phreaks" of the 1960s to today's attacks on commercial data stores large and small. Read full book review >

WHISTLE-BLOWERS by Matt Doeden
Released: April 1, 2015

"A keen challenge to received opinions for high schoolers to chew long and hard upon. (Nonfiction. 13-18)"
Doeden makes the effort here to bring whistleblowing out of the seamy shadows and describe its role. Read full book review >
PORTRAITS OF CELINA by Sue Whiting
Released: April 1, 2015

"Perfectly serviceable but nothing special. (Paranormal suspense. 14-18)"
What happens when the ghosts that haunt us want revenge? Read full book review >
PUNCH LIKE A GIRL by Karen Krossing
Released: April 1, 2015

"A fast-paced book about healing through helping others, speaking up and physical self-defense. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Unable to speak of her assault, a 17-year-old girl begins acting out. Read full book review >
TERRORIST by Henrik Rehr
Released: April 1, 2015

"Princip, in this contemplative version of history, isn't evil, and he isn't heroic. He's just a hapless man who fired a gun. (Graphic historical fiction. 12-18)"
Graphic novelist Rehr offers a fictionalized biography of Gavrilo Princip, who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand and started World War I. Read full book review >
LAUREN IPSUM by Carlos Bueno
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Positive, smart, empowering philosophies and thinking skills couched in a wacky adventure. (Fantasy/philosophy. 8-14)"
A lost girl travels through a fantastical Alice in Wonderland-esque world filled with The Phantom Tollbooth-like computer-programming metaphors.Read full book review >
THE CONFORMITY by John Hornor Jacobs
Released: April 1, 2015

"A finale that requires homework of its readers. (Supernatural thriller. 13-15)"
Telekinesis, flying teens, reinhabited bodies, giants and more: The Society of Extranaturals returns for the conclusion to the Twelve-Fingered Boy trilogy. Read full book review >
BLANK by Trina St. Jean
Released: April 1, 2015

"Both an absorbing coming-of-age tale and a medical-suspense drama. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A 15-year-old suffers amnesia after a brain trauma. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >