Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE by Alexandra Monir
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Readers' credulity seems to be the required element to enjoy this messed-up mystery. (Mystery. 12-18)"
A murder mystery with a paranormal twist. Read full book review >
FOREVER, AGAIN by Victoria Laurie
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Skip. (Paranormal thriller. 12-16)"
A contemporary white teenager becomes obsessed with a 1987 murder after she discovers that she is the reincarnation of one of its principals. Read full book review >

SP4RX by Wren McDonald
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A pulls-no-punches techno-thriller; think Mr. Robot meets The Stepford Wives. (Graphic science fiction. 15 & up)"
In a gritty future, hackers must fight an evil corporation trying to turn humans into mechanically altered zombies. Read full book review >
SPINDLE by E.K. Johnston
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This companion to the stellar A Thousand Nights shares the trappings but not the spirit. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A blonde, brown-skinned princess, cursed at a birthday party to a certain death and saved by a weak magic that promises sleep instead, all tied to a spindle: you know where this one is going, although this is as much reinterpretation as retelling. Read full book review >
THE FRENCH IMPRESSIONIST by Rebecca Bischoff
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A deeply unsettling portrait of love, psychological abuse, and the hell of good intentions. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Fifteen-year-old American Rosemary, desperate to escape her mother, poses as an art student to find a new family in France. Read full book review >

MIND GAMES by Heather W. Petty
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A surprise twist sets up the cracker of a cliffhanger. (Thriller. 12-15)"
The adventures of a modern Holmes and a girl Moriarty, begun in Lock & Mori (2015), continue. Read full book review >
LIFE IN MOTION by Misty Copeland
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"As Copeland fiercely reminds herself, 'This is for the little brown girls'—and any reader in need of inspiration. (Biography. 11-16)"
A ballet milestone was reached when Copeland was named the first African-American principal ballerina at American Ballet Theater. Read full book review >
Biome by Ryan Galloway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An indelible red-planet backdrop enhances an already rugged, tenacious story of a colony's cadets learning to rely on one another."
Part of a Mars terraforming settlement, a teenager has six days to figure out why doctors are repeatedly wiping her peers' memories—and why she's retained her own—in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
ALL HEART by Carli Lloyd
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Not for lovers of soccer only: readers after inspiration to keep playing, regardless of the odds, will find plenty here. (photos, index) (Memoir. 10-14)"
Writing with sports journalist Coffey, Lloyd presents a play-by-play recap of her progress from elementary school soccer novice to World Cup player and winner of 2015's FIFA Golden Ball and Silver Boot. Read full book review >
SHACKLETON by Gavin McCumiskey
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"Through storm, burning cold, dehydration, disease, all 28 men returned after 22 'unexpected' months at sea; the book's a success, too—no small feat for an oft-told tale. (Graphic nonfiction. 10 & up)"
History has always had its ages of exploration, but the start of the 20th century is right up there. Read full book review >
TEACH ME TO FORGET by Erica M. Chapman
Released: Dec. 2, 2016

"Sadness gives way to redemption and an unforced hope in this thoughtful read. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Suicide isn't as easy as it may seem. Read full book review >
EVERYDAY MAGIC by Emily Albright
Released: Dec. 2, 2016

"It's telling that the most-uttered word is filler: 'um.' Skip it. (Romance. 13-17)"
The daughter of a Hollywood director juggles her real feelings for a charming English aristocrat and a forced publicity-stunt romance with a movie star. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >