Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner
FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Hard to put down, this is clearly just a first installment, and it will leave readers dying to find out what comes next. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Boys come to the Glade via an empty freight elevator with no memory of how they got there or of their prior lives. Read full book review >
LEVIATHAN  by Scott Westerfeld
FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"The setting begs comparisons to Hayao Miyazaki, Kenneth Oppel and Naomi Novik, but this work will stand—or fly—on its own. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
The fate of many rests in the hands of an Austrian schoolboy and a British airman, both in disguise. Read full book review >

BEAUTIFUL by Amy Reed
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"A conclusion that seems implausibly optimistic, considering the life Cassie's recently led, slaps a bandage on an oozing sore. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Thirteen-year-old Cassie makes a snap decision to reinvent her nerdy, unpopular self when she moves to a new school district in Seattle. Read full book review >
ICE by Sarah Beth Durst
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Fans of fairy-tale retellings are the natural audience for this story. (Fantasy. YA)"
This slipstream novel unites tropes of fantasy, science fiction and adventure by including nods to Asbjørnsen/Moe and Perrault tales and scientific research and plunging a courageous but reckless teen heroine into the Arctic wilderness. Read full book review >
GO AHEAD, ASK ME.  by Nico Medina
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Don't bother. (Nonfiction. YA)"
This conversation-starter crosses the line. Read full book review >

CROSSING STONES by Helen Frost
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2009

"Heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful, this is one to savor. (notes on form) (Historical fiction/poetry. 12 & up)"
This gorgeous collection of "cupped-hand" sonnets tells the story of two families whose lives are forever changed by World War I. Perhaps the most poignant poems, flowing like rushing water across the pages, are those from 18-year-old Muriel's point of view. Read full book review >
THE GOODBYE SEASON by Marian Hale
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Perfect similes capture the flavor of Mercy's bittersweet life during the epidemic of 1918. (Fiction. 12-18)"
At the close of World War I, a Texas sharecropper's daughter painfully learns about loss and suffering when the Spanish Influenza kills those she loves. Read full book review >
BLOGGRLS by Cheryl Dellasega
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Nonetheless, readers either struggling with confusing emotions and misinformation about eating disorders or wanting to help a suffering friend will find comfort in these pages. (Fiction. YA)"
Eating disorders and mercurial sibling relationships take center stage in this heavy-handed but moving teen diary. Read full book review >
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Despite its promising premise, this is ultimately a bland disappointment. (Short stories. 12-14)"
With stories that are a mixture of humor and angst, the Weisses have collected some sterling examples of family problems, if not necessarily sterling writing. Read full book review >
MY INVENTED LIFE by Lauren Bjorkman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Still, the lighthearted treatment of sexuality is intriguing, and this may well find an audience among teen drama geeks with a taste for Shakespearean insults. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A high-school production of As You Like It forms the backdrop for this romantic comedy that echoes the farce of Shakespeare's play in an energetic but ultimately strained tale of two sisters and their friends. Read full book review >
HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT by Natalie Standiford
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A decidedly purposeful not-love story, this has all the makings of a cult hit with a flavor similar to Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999). (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Surprising everyone at their private school, a sardonic loner befriends the new girl in this unusual story of an intense platonic relationship between two misfits. Read full book review >
BLUE PLATE SPECIAL by Michelle D. Kwasney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Despite intergenerational differences, however, all three learn to make the most of the lives they inherit. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Three young women spanning three generations become intimately connected as their mothers' mistakes affect their lives. 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 >