Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Striking visuals augment an already-captivating tale. (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Having tackled Robin Hood in Outlaw (2009) and King Arthur in Excalibur (2011), Lee now envisions Joan of Arc's humble beginnings to her inevitable martyrdom. Read full book review >
UNTWINE by Edwidge Danticat
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An honest, endearing exploration of family, grief, and perseverance. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Tragedy strikes twin sisters Giselle and Isabelle, and their world is changed forever. Read full book review >

VERY IN PIECES by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A predictable but solid coming-of-age story. (Fiction. 12-16)"
With her grandmother's health rapidly failing, high school senior Very (short for Veronica) feels responsible for holding together the rest of her family. Read full book review >
SANCTUARY by Jennifer McKissack
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Although tonally reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, it lacks the deft plotting, character development, and narrative fluency of that earlier classic. (Gothic romance. 14-18)"
The ghostly pull of the past is inescapable for a Depression-era teenage girl drawn back to her remote island home off the coast of Maine. Read full book review >
ZEROES by Scott Westerfeld
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"In this series opener by three acclaimed authors, intriguing protagonists and cinematic powers will surely please adventure fans who don't mind an ensemble developed at the expense of the individual. (Science fiction. 13-15)"
A sextet of mutant superhero teenagers just want to be safe in this weighty tome. Read full book review >

SMALL BONES by Vicki Grant
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Clues come at just the right pace for the readers to crack the puzzle right along with the protagonist in this mystery, one of seven linked novels publishing simultaneously. (Historical mystery. 12-16)"
In a witty and believable 1964 Ontario, a foundling teen investigates the circumstances of her own birth. Read full book review >
RHYTHM RIDE by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An ebullient, wonderfully told introduction to music that had an indelible influence on a generation and its times. (photos, timeline, discography, source notes, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Adopting the informal, laid-back voice of a narrator she calls "the Groove," Pinkney offers readers a lively, engaging chronicle of the Motown sound. Read full book review >
STONES ON A GRAVE by Kathy Kacer
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Part of the interconnected Secrets series, the novel is a quick, easy read about a little-known period. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Secrets can hide painful truths, as a young woman learns in this novel set in 1964. Read full book review >
MY LIFE BEFORE ME by Norah McClintock
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"This entry in the Secrets series embeds a tragic past within an engrossing mystery—masterfully. (Historical mystery. 11-18) "
In the summer of 1964, 16-year-old Cady Andrews is unexpectedly sent out into the world from the Canadian orphanage where she grew up, determined to become a reporter. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Good as a nostalgia trip for the original fans of Fear Street—but it will probably leave their children cold. (Horror. 12-16) "
A tale of revenge on Fear Street—nothing new there. Read full book review >
MADLY by Amy Alward
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Charming and humorous but for the shopworn depictions of exotic foreigners. (Fantasy. 12-14) "
Though her family's come down in the world, one apprentice alchemist must save the princess—and the kingdom. Read full book review >
FACELESS by Alyssa Sheinmel
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A problem novel, yes, but an absorbing one. (Fiction. 12-18) "
When a pretty, athletic girl loses her face in a fire, she gets a face transplant and struggles with the permanent changes in her life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >