Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

WATER BABY by Ross Campbell
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: June 24, 2008

"Trying to be edgy with its no-holds-barred dialogue, this latest offering in the Minx line misses the mark and comes off as crude and at times, offensive. (Graphic novel. YA)"
Writer and artist Campbell introduces Brody, a rude surfer chick with a bad attitude who lives and plays by her own rules. Read full book review >
HE FORGOT TO SAY GOODBYE by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 17, 2008

"Still, this is one of the few young-adult novels offering a realistic portrayal of life along the southern border. (Fiction. YA)"
Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove, teenage residents of El Paso, Texas, voice their anguish at growing up without their biological fathers. Read full book review >

THE DEMON QUEEN by Richard Lewis
FANTASY
Released: June 17, 2008

"The epilogue invites either closure or a sequel. (Horror. 12 & up)"
A teen boy must save the world from his evil spirit twin. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: June 17, 2008

"Give this series to readers of His Dark Materials and recommend it to middle- and high-school teachers. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
This fine conclusion to the Noble Warriors Trilogy continues the tale of the three—Seeker for Truth, Morning Star and Wildman—as they travel across their drought-afflicted land to complete their mission. Read full book review >
BENEATH MY MOTHER’S FEET by Amjed Qamar
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 17, 2008

"Reminiscent of Suzanne Fisher Staples's Shabanu (1989), this beautifully written depiction of life in modern Pakistan offers readers a painful and stirring view of a girl with limited choices but great inner strength. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Fourteen-year-old Nazia is a good Muslim girl. Read full book review >

ON BEALE STREET by Ronald Kidd
FICTION
Released: June 17, 2008

"Racist language and references to violence mark this one for older readers. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-year-old Johnny Ross straddles the racial divide of 1954 Memphis, living in an affluent white neighborhood, sneaking into all-black blues clubs on Beale Street and getting a job at Sun Records, where he befriends a young white singer named Elvis Presley. Read full book review >
IVY by Julie Hearn
FICTION
Released: June 17, 2008

"Intricate, engaging language and quirky characters paint a vivid picture of the Victorian era. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Ivy's wild red hair and porcelain skin get her daily work as a painter's model, far from Victorian London's slums, but she can't escape a debilitating addiction to the popular drug laudanum. Read full book review >
100 GIRLS by Adam Gallardo
SCIENCE FICTION
Released: June 17, 2008

"Though the pace is fun, Gallardo's storytelling fails to compel, doing nothing new with the tropes of this familiar science-fiction story and rendering Sylvia's quest ultimately uninteresting. (Graphic fiction. YA)"
Tiny, blond Sylvia Mark is an outsider in her suburban neighborhood—being a 13-year-old overachiever in high school definitely has its downside, especially when her older classmates decide to pick fights with her. Read full book review >
WRITE NAKED by Peter Gould
FICTION
Released: June 13, 2008

"Still, it is refreshing to find teen characters who can be naked in a cabin together and still want to write. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Nudity, first love and global warming mesh—sometimes awkwardly—in this novel, the author's second (after Burnt Toast, 1971). Read full book review >
LOOKS by Madeleine George
FICTION
Released: June 12, 2008

"Luminous language places teens inside Meghan's and Aimee's struggling minds and bodies. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Even though Meghan is fat and Aimee is thin, they have a lot in common: Both use food to cauterize pain and both feel deeply wronged by the same girl. Read full book review >
HURRICANE SONG by Paul Volponi
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 12, 2008

"Not for sissies—a riveting and readable exploration of the effects of race in today's world. (Fiction. YA)"
Volponi leaves his usual basketball milieu behind and sets his story in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina, with football and music as his themes. Read full book review >
SNAKEHEAD by Ann Halam
FANTASY
Released: June 10, 2008

"Though too leisurely paced for the Rick Riordan crew, this novel should be a fanciful feast for fans of Adèle Geras's Troy (2002) or Catherine Fisher's Oracle Prophesies. (author's note, map) (Fantasy. YA)"
The classic myth of Perseus and Andromeda gets a stylish makeover. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >