Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

911 by Michael Cart
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A teacher's guide will be available online, and a portion of the profits from the anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund for relatives of the victims. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
The title of this timely anthology emphasizes the connection between the 9-11 terrorist attacks and the 911 emergency assistance phone number, offering both teens and adults thoughtful, provocative literature that may help with preliminary discussions and perspective on this difficult subject. Read full book review >
BLIND SIGHTED by Peter Moore
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Unexpectedly engaging. (Fiction. YA)"
Smaller than most seventh graders, not cool, not interested and not achieving, Kirk is a junior who writes poetry during class and heads for the library to work at shelving books after school. Read full book review >

WHAT HAPPENED TO LANI GARVER by Carol Plum-Ucci
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Successfully raising many valid issues, this should appeal to teens from the popular to the marginalized. (Fiction. YA)"
Plum-Ucci seems to be establishing a pattern: disaffected teen with a mysterious past moves into a cliquish, closed community and shows them the errors of their superficial ways. Read full book review >
YOU KNOW YOU LOVE ME by Cecily von Ziegesar
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Getting it all sorted out is the fun of it, and like its predecessor, it's a highly enjoyable speedboat of a read, zipping along at lightning speed, leaving adolescent angst, wounded egos, and Manolo Blahnik mules in its wake. (Fiction. YA)"
Continuing her soap opera saga where Gossip Girl (p. 580) left off, von Ziegesar again has her mostly rich, private-school crew of privileged Manhattan teenagers partying at elegant eateries, drinking booze, and shopping at high-end stores, but also thinking about college. Read full book review >
WARRIORS OF ALAVNA by N.M. Browne
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The mysterious beginning and the plot's brisk progress will catch the interest of YA readers; the development of unlikely friendships among the very different characters and the coming-of-age story will sustain it—author victorious. (Fiction. YA)"
On a field trip, British students Ursula and Dan disappear into a yellow-colored fog. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"For fans of sprawling, romantic historical fiction. (glossary, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 12+)"
It's 1776 and Lady Jane Prentice, the 14-year-old daughter of the Third Earl of Almesbury, has moved to Charleston, South Carolina. Read full book review >
WHO IS JESSE FLOOD? by Malachy Doyle
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"There isn't much new in this tale, but its delivery and the originality of Jesse's voice will resonate with readers, who may feel after reading Jesse's story that maybe life is manageable after all. (Fiction. 12-15)"
"Sometimes I'd love to fit in, see. Sometimes there's nothing I'd like more than just to be the same as everyone else. Read full book review >
THE LEOPARD SWORD by Michael Cadnum
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The details of medieval Europe are vividly realized, the characters and their relationships are sympathetic, the action can be thrilling—but somehow it all adds up to less than the sum of its parts. (Fiction. 12+)"
Two squires and their knights struggle to make their way back to England from the Holy Land after the bloody Siege of Acre. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, there is much in this account for the judiciously selective reader to ponder, and it does genuinely represent a significant portion of the contemporary American experience. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
The self-published memoir of a young man who traveled from Ethiopia as a refugee to the US and eventually to Harvard is now being brought to YA audiences as a widely publicized paperback reprint. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"These quibbles aside, this offering is a solid exploration of an event whose importance is undisputed but which is rarely so lucidly explained for anyone, let alone young readers. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
A cogent account of the Stock Market Crash that occurred between October 24 and October 29, 1929, and ushered in the Great Depression. Read full book review >
HALLOWEEN by Jerry Seinfeld
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The publisher labels the book for 'all ages'—change that to 30-50, and you'll get a much better match of product to audience. (Picture book. 12+)"
What do you get when you cross one of America's most successful comedians with one of childhood's most sacred days? Read full book review >
CATALYST by Laurie Halse Anderson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"It confronts moral issues, religious conundrums, and the dynamics of emotions in young adult lives as two girls driven by the past and present realize their impact on the future. (Fiction. YA)"
Newton's law proclaims to every action there's always an equal reaction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >