Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

SINS OF THE FATHERS by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The adults, particularly Father Mullarkey and his supposedly sanctimonious colleague Father Shenanigan, Hector's 'counselor,' come off considerably less well. (Fiction. YA)"
Flanked by misfeasant and malfeasant priests, young buddies Andrew, Hector and the aptly named Skitz loyally stand shoulder to shoulder at the center of Lynch's typically funny, tragic, edgy Catholic School tale. Read full book review >
THE LOOKING GLASS WARS by Frank Beddor
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"One can only hope it translates well to the screen. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Alice in Wonderland gets an update in this first installment of a planned trilogy. Read full book review >

SAINT IGGY by K.L. Going
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Wild plot twists combined with Iggy's endearing narration will keep turning pages and readers cheering this strangely heroic anti-hero. (Fiction. YA)"
This charmer, set just before Christmas, will haunt readers long after experiencing the final pages. Read full book review >
TRASH by Sharon Darrow
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The language, though rich, evocative and rhythmic, is bleak, with only glimpses of salvation and light. (Fiction. YA)"
When their mother abandons Sissy (16) and her younger brother, Boy, their older sister, Raynell, and her husband, Jobe, care for them. Read full book review >
AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES by John Green
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Fully fun, challengingly complex and entirely entertaining. (Fiction. YA)"
Colin Singleton, child prodigy, tries to turn his 19 failed encounters with girls named Katherine into a formula that will predict the outcome of all relationships and elevate him to genius status. Read full book review >

SOLD by Patricia McCormick
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"McCormick provides readers who live in safety and under protection of the law with a vivid window into a harsh and cruel world—one most would prefer to pretend doesn't exist. (Fiction. YA)"
In her village in Nepal, Lakshmi's life is more than difficult and requires her to endure hunger, harsh weather and poverty. Read full book review >
BURIED by Robin Merrow MacCready
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Well-done and recommended for both reluctant and serious young readers. (Fiction. YA)"
Seventeen-year-old Claudine, the super-efficient daughter of an alcoholic single mother, awakens to a mess in her trailer home one morning and plunges into cleaning, her habitual mode of escaping unpleasant realities. Read full book review >
DEVILISH by Maureen Johnson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Great entertainment and hard to put down. (Fiction. YA)"
Feisty, rebellious and exceptionally smart, Jane would appear to be the last student at her strict Catholic high school to join in a fight with real demons from Hell. Read full book review >
WISH RIDERS by Patrick Jennings
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Well-written but overwrought. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Once again, Jennings offers an odd amalgam of historical fiction (set in Depression times) and fantasy. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS by Scott Westerfeld
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Less startling and revelatory than Peeps; a broader, lateral look at the same world, with suspense, touches of humor and eminently appealing characters. (Fantasy. YA)"
Five new first-person perspectives replace Cal's heated singular voice from Peeps (2005) in this continued thriller about an ancient vampire-spawning parasite and its role in saving civilization. Read full book review >
POWERS by Deborah Lynn Jacobs
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Jacobs writes Gwen's chapters in past tense and Adrian's in present, which is distracting; otherwise, a bewitchingly pulpy and enjoyable fast read. (Fantasy. YA)"
Two teenagers make sparks fly . . . really! Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Supremely satisfying. (pronunciation key, rune key, maps, appendices) (Fantasy. YA)"
Maerad's tale continues, luminous, desperate and bold. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >