Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

KILLING MISS KITTY AND OTHER SINS by Marion Dane Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 21, 2007

Five distinctly adult stories explore coming of age in 1950s Illinois. Read full book review >
QUAD by C.G. Watson
FICTION
Released: May 10, 2007

"For thought-provoking and sophisticated examinations of school violence from the inside, try Walter Dean Myers's Shooter (2004) or Jim Shepard's Project X (2004) instead. (Fiction. YA)"
When gunshots ring across the quad, six students from disparate groups find themselves stuck in the school store together. Read full book review >

IRONSIDE by Holly Black
FANTASY
Released: May 8, 2007

"Fans of faerypunk will eat it up. (Fantasy. YA)"
This dark sequel to Tithe (2002) reveals the corruption in even the beautiful parts of faerie. Read full book review >
SARA’S FACE by Melvin Burgess
FICTION
Released: May 8, 2007

"Read in daylight. (Fiction. YA)"
A fictional "novelist doing a journalist's job" maintains stunning suspense as he conducts interviews with the secondary players in a world-famous gruesome crime. Read full book review >
THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE by J.B. Cheaney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 8, 2007

"While Cheaney provides plenty of 'oh-my-gosh' scenarios with Gee's escapades, the story, as the trip, tends to drag on a bit until the climactic conclusion, despite the crafty, descriptive first-person narrative. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Ronnie takes care of her ADHD little brother, Gee, with more responsibility than usual for a 13-year-old, while developing her own philosophy from a self-help book. Read full book review >

HOW YA LIKE ME NOW by Brendan Halpin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 8, 2007

"An interesting exploration of serious issues, presented in a lighthearted tone. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Fifteen-year-old Eddie's mother is forced into rehab and his father has died, leaving the young man adrift without adult support. Read full book review >
STRAY by Stacey Goldblatt
ANIMALS
Released: May 8, 2007

"Light and fun. (Fiction. YA)"
Since her parents' divorce, Natalie's overprotective mother has kept her on a very short leash and, except for a few white lies, Natalie's been quite obedient. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: May 8, 2007

"The variety, notion of durability and capability for making the best of situations makes for a thought-provoking read. (Short stories. 12-15)"
This collection of 11 stories by different authors contains tales of teens making their way through some sort of challenge and getting to the other side with new knowledge and maturity. Read full book review >
BILLIE STANDISH WAS HERE by Nancy Crocker
FICTION
Released: May 8, 2007

"Set in the late 1960s and early '70s, this tender, touching account of intergenerational friendship provides rich historical context for two memorable female characters who redefine the meaning of family and love. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A lonely girl in rural Missouri develops a friendship with her elderly neighbor that transforms her life. Read full book review >
THE DECODING OF LANA MORRIS by Laura McNeal
FANTASY
Released: May 8, 2007

"A subtle yet complex, slightly surreal story about the power of wishing. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old foster child Lana Morris has a lot of wishes. Read full book review >
THE NOAH CONFESSIONS by Barbara Hall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 8, 2007

"Though it covers no new ground, both the easygoing narrative and the solid characters provide a pleasant read. (Fiction. YA)"
Letters detailing her deceased mother's shocking past prod a teenage girl to learn more of her family's dark history. Read full book review >
DEMON KEEPER by Royce Buckingham
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2007

"Sequels are possible but not required for closure. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
A madcap chase through the streets of Seattle forms the centerpiece of this entertaining, if unpolished debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >