Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

MISSING by Catherine MacPhail
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"The story, with characters as palpable as this page, works on many levels: it explores the complexity of grief and love, the devastating fact of runaways living on the street, and the powerful menace of bullies, all in the guise of a good old-fashioned ghost story. (Fiction. 12-17)"
As 13-year-old Maxine assaults an arcade video game, the reader is dropped into the fray and knows that this girl is suffering from more than teen angst. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"What follows is an exploration of the will toward freedom, even for a young woman who knows freedom is likely to be more difficult than her enslavement. (author's note, Washington's writings about slavery, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 12+)"
Rinaldi (Millicent's Gift, p. 740, etc.) enlarges upon the story of the real Oney Judge who was Martha Washington's favorite slave and lived in relative privilege. Read full book review >

DATING HAMLET by Lisa Fiedler
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Consequently, despite sending the joyfully reunited lovers off at the end to Verona to visit Hamlet's school buddy Romeo, Fiedler hasn't transformed Tragedy into Romance, but into a heavy-handed tract on the battle of the sexes. (Fiction. YA)"
The author of several "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" and "Mary Kate and Ashley" titles converts Shakespeare's play into a frothy tale of colluding lovers with more than revenge on their minds. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Readers will find humor, pain, joy, and wonder in these honest, powerful stories—and hopefully tolerance, compassion, and their own questions about the world around them. (Short stories. YA)"
This collection of 13 short stories about faith will strike a chord in teens still trying to make sense of violence carried out in the name of Allah toward Americans, yet it isn't meant to be a reaction to 9/11. Read full book review >
BEACON HILL BOYS by Ken Mochizuki
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Lifelike and true to that most befuddling of times. (Fiction. YA)"
Dan Inagaki is tired of being labeled "Oriental" and equally tired of the pressure from his parents to be the perfect Japanese-American son. Read full book review >

A DANCE OF SISTERS by Tracey Porter
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"The references to New York companies and schools are out of date and too esoteric for most readers, though budding Delias will probably not mind. (Fiction. 12-14)"
In this story of family dysfunction, two sisters attempt in very different fashions to cope with the death of their mother. Read full book review >
AFTER THE DEATH OF ANNA GONZALES by Terri Fields
POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Even so, for Mel Glenn fans, or as a resource for dealing with teen suicide, this will be useful in most YA library collections. (Fiction. YA)"
High-school classmates react to a teen suicide in this novel-in-verse. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF EVERYTHING by Deb Caletti
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Cosmic comedy. (Fiction. YA)"
Alternating between pithy humor and ominous foreboding, high-school junior Jordan MacKenzie's voice describes her life, family, and friends in this gothic with an edge. Read full book review >
NEVER SO GREEN by Tim Johnston
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 31, 2002

"Readers who are emotionally equipped to fill in the gaps about incest and its effects are probably unlikely to pick up a book about a 12-year-old baseball player. (Fiction. YA)"
This ambitious debut shows a skillful hand with prose in its depiction of the pivotal role sports can play in the life of an adolescent boy, but it fails to convey the complexities of incest, its other major plot element. Read full book review >
HOME OF THE BRAVES by David Klass
SPORTS
Released: Oct. 30, 2002

"While it lacks the brilliance and humor of Klass's You Don't Know Me (2001), overall this is a solid school and sports story that will find a ready audience. (Fiction. 12+)"
While better written and more psychologically complex than most sports fiction, this compelling offering still follows a standard sports plot: the main character feels threatened by a new, outstanding player on his team. Read full book review >
CHILL WIND by Janet MacDonald
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 22, 2002

"Nonetheless, MacDonald deserves kudos for her gritty, unsentimental portrait of day-to-day life in the projects. (Fiction. YA)"
When her welfare benefits dry up, Aisha, a 19-year-old black single mother with two children and no high school diploma or work history, has to figure out a way to support herself and her family. Read full book review >
THE HEALER’S KEEP by Victoria Hanley
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Solid and satisfying. (Fantasy. 12+)"
Four young people divided by geography, class, and philosophy come together in the dream realm to fight the powers of darkness. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >