Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

THE LIVES OF STARS by Ken Croswell
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

A veteran stargazer (See the Stars: Your First Guide to the Night Sky, 2000, etc.) pairs a meaty disquisition on stellar types and life cycles to page-filling photos and artistic visions of stars and nebulae. Read full book review >
THE ESPRESSOLOGIST by Kristina Springer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"Ultimately forgettable chick-lit fare. (Fiction. YA)"
Trying to save up for college, Jane had fallen into a rut serving countless cups of coffee and specialty drinks at a local coffee chain, but when she adds a twist to her talents as a barista, her life comes quickly to a rolling boil. Read full book review >

ONCE A WITCH by Carolyn MacCullough
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 14, 2009

"Characters, setting, conflict—all develop nicely to create a light urban fantasy that goes down easy and will have readers asking for its sequel. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Growing up Talentless in a family of witches has been hard on Tamsin, particularly since her older, perfect sister Rowena oozes Talent. Read full book review >
ROSIE AND SKATE by Beth Ann Bauman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 9, 2009

"The novel expertly captures the ever-hopeful ache of adolescents longing for love, stability and certainty. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Rosie and Skate are motherless sisters in a New Jersey shore town. Read full book review >
CRASHED by Robin Wasserman
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"A thought-provoking bioethical conundrum that raises difficult questions about the definition of life, this text will intrigue and entertain readers. (Science fiction. YA)"
Before Lia Kahn became a "mech," with a teenage body made of synflesh (Skinned, 2008), she loved chocolate and stroking her cat's silky fur, but now, six months after a deadly car crash, these sensations are only memories that her mechanical sensors can't replicate. Read full book review >

THE FATAL CHILD by John Dickinson
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"By no means an easy read, it is immensely rewarding, for older teens or adults with the courage to make the journey. (Fantasy. YA)"
The culmination of a superlative fantasy trilogy offers a heartbreaking vision of violence, failure, betrayal, sacrifice and redemption. Read full book review >
RAGE by Julie Anne Peters
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"The look at dating violence in same-sex relationships makes this book one that meets a need. (Fiction. YA)"
THE SPLENDOR FALLS by Rosemary Clement-Moore
FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Long, satisfying and just chilling enough, this will please a wide audience and leave readers hoping for more. (author's note) (Fantasy/mystery. 13 & up)"
Clement-Moore forsakes her Maggie Quinn series to craft a stand-alone Southern Gothic with a Celtic flair—and leading man. Read full book review >
MUCHACHO by LouAnne Johnson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Set in New Mexico, one of the states with the highest drop-out rates among Hispanics, this novel unveils the social pressures and struggles of teens living in inner cities. (Fiction. YA)"
An experienced English teacher, prolific writer and speaker, Johnson gives life to a sensitive, contradictory character, Eddie Corazon, a Hispanic teenager—"muchacho"—overcoming the obstacles that thousand of adolescents face as high-school students in the United States. Read full book review >
STEALING DEATH by Janet Lee Carey
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Fans of the author's earlier Dragon's Keep (2008) and readers of heroic quest fantasies won't be disappointed by this suspenseful, satisfying read. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Seventeen-year-old Kipp swears to keep Death at bay forever after most of his family dies in a fire. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Is it worth humanizing one oft-slammed group—fat teens—at another group's expense? (Fiction. YA)"
Warm, witty prose chronicles a fat teenager finding himself while the text sacrifices other demographic groups. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A FIRST DAUGHTER by Cassidy Calloway
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Credibility seekers should go elsewhere, but readers looking for a fun and breezy fantasy that's full of girl appeal will enjoy the material, right down to its romantic but far-fetched ending. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Like many a teenage daughter, Morgan Abbott finds her mother authoritarian and annoying. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >