Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

SECRET SOCIETY by Tom Dolby
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A broad ending leaves room for sequels, though this bland attempt at suspense needs no followup. (Fiction. YA)"
Already attending one of New York City's prestigious prep schools, Nick, Phoebe and Lauren are all invited to join The Society, an exclusive secret club that places its members on the fast track to power, success and wealth. Read full book review >
HOLD STILL by Nina LaCour
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"LaCour strikes a new path through a familiar story, leading readers with her confident writing and savvy sense of prose. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Still reeling from the recent death of her best friend, Caitlin returns to school hoping to find some peace but instead finds only confusion, loneliness and pain. Read full book review >

PRETTY DEAD by Francesca Lia Block
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Wine-drinking, brand-name-adorned and gothically tormented, Charlotte provides a nice interlude for those readers who'd rather be a vampire than marry one. (Fantasy. YA)"
Charlotte has been a vampire for 80 years, and for the first time she wants something she thinks she can have: beautiful Emily Rosedale. Read full book review >
WHITE HEAT by K.M. Grant
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Purchase where the first volume is popular. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Plot advancement defers to character development in this sequel set during the 13th-century Albigensian crusade. Read full book review >
GATEWAY by Sharon Shinn
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"That, along with the intelligent and convincing characterization, lends weight to an otherwise light romance. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Blending romance with a touch of fantasy, Shinn's new series rests on a promising premise: The St. Read full book review >

NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Without even an introduction or historical note to guide them, young readers will not understand what the Khmer Rouge was or why it engaged in a genocidal campaign against its own people, rendering this moving memoir incomplete. (time line) (Memoir. 12-16)"
Written in collaboration with his college literature professor, Keat tells the compelling story of how he survived the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Provocative, quality content. (Short stories. 14 & up)"
Twelve renowned authors, some of whom contributed to the classic YA collection Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence, use diverse points of view, settings and characters to bring readers stories of sexual and gender identity. Read full book review >
FLASH BURNOUT by L.K.  Madigan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Somehow, all of the loose ends get tied up into a haphazard yet entertaining read. (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-year-old photographer-in-training Blake is caught between fawning over his gorgeous girlfriend Shannon and helping Marissa, his troubled photography partner, a friend who also happens to be a girl. Read full book review >
BORDER CROSSING by Jessica Lee Anderson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A sad and thought-provoking exploration of mental illness. (Fiction. YA)"
The poignant story of Manz, a 15-year-old boy trying to cope with a dysfunctional relationship with his alcoholic mother and the humming noises, whispering voices and scary visions that only he perceives. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"When the tension- and suspense-free climax finally occurs, it's hard to care. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Focusing on secondary characters from This Book Isn't Fat, It's Fabulous (2008), this companion novel falls flat. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"McKinley's fans can only hope that she will return to this world in a future novel. (Fantasy. YA)"
Five tales of fiery beasts shimmer in an uneven fantasy collection by the noted husband-and-wife team. Read full book review >
LIPS TOUCH by Laini Taylor
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Di Bartolo's illustrations not seen. (author's note) (Supernatural short stories. 13 & up)"
In this illustrated collection of two short stories and one novella, which borrow elements of folklore, Hinduism and Zoroastrianism, a life-altering kiss steers the lives of three teenage girls. 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 >