Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

LORD LOSS by Darren Shan
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"This volume is the first in a new series, The Demonata. (Fantasy. YA)"
Any kid who has teased younger siblings with chants of "greasy, grimy, gopher guts" will feel right at home in this horror tale. Read full book review >
RAINBOW ROAD by Alex Sanchez
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A little sex might make this a not-for-everyone experience, but it's a perfect feel-good read for gay teens. (Fiction. YA)"
More soapy goodness from the rainbow boys from Rainbow High (2003). Read full book review >

PRINCE WILLIAM, MAXIMILIAN MINSKY, AND ME by Holly-Jane Rahlens
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"It will resound with girls who'll relate to and root for Nelly as she blossoms into young womanhood and love. (glossary of Yiddish, Hebrew and German words and phrases) (Fiction. 12-14)"
Brainy Nelly Sue Edelmeister, 13, living in Berlin with her American Jewish mother and German Christian father and preparing for her bat mitzvah, adores Britain's heartthrob king-to-be. Read full book review >
AN INNOCENT SOLDIER by Josef Holub
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Translated from the German, the simple, understated and at times eloquent first-person narrative rings true to one boy's experience of war, adventure and survival. (map spread, historical note) (Fiction. 12+)"
Sixteen-year-old Adam Feuchter is tricked by the farmer he works for, substituted for the farmer's own son and drafted into the army. Read full book review >
BIRDWING by Rafe Martin
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The story's ending is disquietingly random and out-of-the-blue, but that doesn't overshadow the memorable images created along the way as Martin touchingly weaves together fairy tale, the wildness of animals and lyrical characterization. (Fantasy. YA)"
An emotive fairytale extension thoughtfully explores the life of Ardwin, a prince with a swan's wing instead of a left arm. Read full book review >

OUT OF TIME by John Marsden
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Readers interested in science fiction and psychology should be most attracted to this haunting little item. (Fiction. 12-15)"
From the popular and excellent Australian author comes an episodic science-fiction novella that will intrigue many readers and confuse others. Read full book review >
WIZARDS AT WAR by Diane Duane
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp1983, they still make tasty literary junk food. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
The newest entry in the Young Wizards series is a reunion for the series' fans, though somewhat impenetrable to newcomers. Read full book review >
THE DARK FLIGHT DOWN by Marcus Sedgwick
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"Sedgwick doesn't answer all questions, but Boy and Willow's noble choice and tender relationship stretch forward into a tentative, simple future, making the end supremely satisfying. (prologue, epilogue) (Fantasy. YA)"
Boy and Willow are immediately separated as this moving sequel to The Book of Dead Days (2004) begins. Read full book review >
BALL DON’T LIE by Matt de la Peña
FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"Gritty and mesmerizing. (Fiction. YA)"
Travis Reichard only answers to the name Stick. Read full book review >
CODE ORANGE by Caroline B. Cooney
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"Punctuating the drama with plenty of humor, Cooney builds the suspense and keeps it going for another teen-pleaser that's hard to put down. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Cooney continues her mastery of suspense with this story about a screw-up rich kid and bio-terrorism. Read full book review >
THE LIONESS & HER KNIGHT by Gerald Morris
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"Once again, Morris brilliantly re-animates an old story, keeping readers engaged while gently, genially urging them to ruminate over the truths at its heart. (Fiction. 12+)"
Morris's newest Arthurian tale is as clever, funny and wise as its predecessors. Read full book review >
A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT by Laura Whitcomb
FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"Young women will be drawn to this book, and will probably finish it, but unless the collection needs another forgettable easy-sell, skip it. (Fiction. YA)"
What should be a sure-fire ghost story/romance fails to ignite a spark. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >