Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Released too late for a beach read, but still fine escapism. (Fiction. YA)"
Beginning as a lark, an Egyptian trip turns serious when love enters the equation. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Readers should start with the first installment to absorb this grimly mesmerizing and fascinatingly unusual series. (Fantasy. YA)"
What began as outdoor survival here turns eerily psychological as Cross wraps up this grippingly original series. Read full book review >

TOTAL CONSTANT ORDER by Crissa-Jean Chappell
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"While strong on atmosphere, this long novel has little plot and only a few moments of drama near the end. (Fiction. YA)"
This study in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder tracks four miserable months in the life of narrator Fin, a freshman at Miami-Dade High. Read full book review >
THE HIGHWAYMAN’S FOOTSTEPS by Nicola Morgan
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"With Alfred Noyes's poem 'The Highwayman' as background, Morgan spins an 18th-century tale of suspense and danger starring a sympathetic hero and heroine whose adventures keep the pages turning. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
The runaway son of a wealthy English gentleman and the orphan daughter of a notorious highwayman meet at gunpoint on a deserted moor one dark night in 1761 and form an unlikely alliance. Read full book review >
OMEGA PLACE by Graham Marks
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A good read, and highly recommended. (Fiction. YA)"
Paul Hendry walks out one night after a row with his new stepfather. Read full book review >

WITHOUT WARNING by Dennis Hamley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

When army recruiters come to 15-year-old Ellen Wilkins's English village, 27 men sign on for king and country. Read full book review >
ORIGINS by Kate Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"For fans of the series only. (Science fiction. 12+)"
The third title in the Missing Link series again uses a split narrative to explore what it means to be human. Read full book review >
ADAM CANFIELD, WATCH YOUR BACK! by Michael Winerip
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A variety of investigations takes up Adam's time, all the while keeping readers smiling. (Fiction. YA)"
Intrepid middle-school reporter Adam Canfield and his annoyingly efficient co-editor, Jennifer, are back for another year of publishing their school newspaper, The Slash. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"But in general he offers a coherent, big-picture view that will give young readers plenty of insight into the roots of their own cultures. (timeline, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
Hill follows up his Harlem Stomp (2004) with an equally ambitious (and lavishly laid out) social history of the Boomers' finest decade: "Wilder than Gen X, more activist than Gen Y, these youths changed their world like no other generation has before or since." Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"In all, it's an astonishing effort, buttressed by meaty backmatter that makes Kahlo accessible to a new generation in a way straight text never could. (Poetry. YA)"
A striking appreciation pairs archival photographs and reproductions of the famed Mexican artist's work with image-rich free-verse poems. Read full book review >
SORREL by David Randall
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

Despite the title, this third volume in the fantasy series isn't about Sorrel, but about the shapeshifting heroine Clovermead's moral growth, as seen in their evolving relationship. Read full book review >
SIGHT by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Too many storylines occurring at once spoil the tension, and too many characters get little or no development. (Fiction. YA)"
Dylan Driscoll's gift of seeing dead children and experiencing sensory perceptions of how they died is really more of a curse. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >