Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

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 >
TAKEN by Norah McClintock
CLASSICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Told in the first person, this suspenseful survival story is sure to have strong appeal. (Thriller. 12 & up)"
Stephanie dislikes Gregg, her mother's boyfriend—he's diametrically the opposite of Stephanie's deceased father, whom she misses greatly. Read full book review >

LADY MACBETH’S DAUGHTER by Lisa Klein
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Fortunately Albia's engaging voice and struggles with her burgeoning psychic powers and with the truth of her parentage—plus her growing love for Fleance—make for a fast read with literary overtones. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
As she did with Ophelia (2006), Klein turns a Shakespeare play on its head with a combination of feisty female lead and careful historical research. Read full book review >
AGE 14 by Geert Spillebeen
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Translated from Dutch, this riveting Belgian novel—based on a true story—reminds readers of the world's many child soldiers as it sledgehammers the notion of glorifying war. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
Patrick Condon longs to be a soldier. Read full book review >
LIAR by Justine Larbalestier
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"In the end, it calls to mind I Am the Cheese with its hermetic wiliness. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Micah declares herself a liar and calls her own reliability as a narrator into question on the first page of this dark, gripping page-turner. Read full book review >
DEMON PRINCESS by Michelle Rowen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The doomed love story between Nikki and Michael combines with action and mystery to entertain any reader who holds a special place in her heart for strong princesses. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Nikki's life is straight out of a fairy tale, but she's no damsel in distress. Read full book review >
THE AMANDA PROJECT by Stella Lennon
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A baldly predatory attempt to get into teens' wallets. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
According to popular Callie, Amanda Valentino was a quirky math genius who lived in a pretty, Victorian house. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE BLUE by S.L. Rottman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Timely. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Stu knows the military. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >