Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

ONE WAS LOST by Natalie D. Richards
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Full of drama and suspicion for readers who can get past its credibility problem. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A high school senior camping trip turns into a survival nightmare when the group is targeted by a violent stalker. Read full book review >
WE KNOW IT WAS YOU by Maggie Thrash
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Don't just skip this, run from it. (Mystery. 13 & up)"
An elite Atlanta prep school harbors shocking and deadly secrets. Read full book review >

LOST STARS by Lisa Selin Davis
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A not entirely successful trip back in time to when teenagers thought problems could be solved with a really great mix tape. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
Carrie's life fell apart when her sister died, and she isn't sure how to put it back together again. Read full book review >
WRECKED by Maria Padian
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An important, devastating new perspective on an all-too-timely subject. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A group of white college students becomes entangled in the investigation of an on-campus rape. Read full book review >
SPARE AND FOUND PARTS by Sarah Maria Griffin
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Though occasionally uneven, this poetic, Frankenstein-esque tale forms a page-turning whole. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
A lonely, motherless girl with a clockwork heart risks everything to create a mechanical friend in a futuristic Ireland where computers are forbidden. Read full book review >

MY DEMON'S NAME IS ED by Danah Khalil
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"This brave revelation is a young anorexic's heart laid bare. (Fiction. 12-17)"
A teen girl gives readers an intimate close-up of her eating disorder through her journal writing. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"More a story about falling in love with yourself than with a romantic interest, this novel will resonate with all readers who've struggled to love themselves. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Love blooms between two teens—a white girl who refuses to be judged and a biracial boy who hides himself from judgment. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Necessary for every library, personal or otherwise. (index) (Reference. 11-15)"
As fresh and funny as ever, a classic compendium of physics in action gets a light but needed makeover. Read full book review >
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Readers will be ensnared in this ethereal narrative long before they even realize the net has been cast. (Magical realism. 13-17)"
McLemore (The Weight of Feathers, 2015) mesmerizes once again with a lush narrative set at the thresholds of identity, family, and devotion. Read full book review >
LAST SEEN LEAVING by Caleb Roehrig
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Readers won't be able to put it down. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Can Flynn find his missing ex-girlfriend? Or is she worse than missing? Read full book review >
OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS by Krystal Sutherland
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An emotionally engaging and draining debut. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Two teenagers suffer through their first heartbreak. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Plot, schmot. Readers may be so charmed by Joel that they forgive the book's flaws and wish him a miracle. (Historical fiction. 10-15)"
Joel is hoping for a miracle. Actually, the white Jewish boy is hoping for several. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >