Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Fun, breezy entertainment with thoughtful undertones. (Fiction. YA)"
The continuing travails of 17-year-old Morgan, genuine movie star, as she tries to live like a normal teenager in the Midwest, come across with delightful zing, yet address serious subjects. Read full book review >
EMILY GOLDBERG LEARNS TO SALSA by Micol Ostow
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Despite Emily and Lucy being well-defined, Ostow pays little attention to other characters, who fade into the well-drawn Puerto Rican setting. (Fiction. YA)"
Growing up in an affluent New York suburb, Emily Goldberg didn't mind not knowing about her mother's Puerto Rican childhood, but when her family travels to Puerto Rico for her grandmother's funeral, Emily's ignorance is compounded as she is bombarded by unfamiliar relatives, foreign customs and a language she can barely decipher. Read full book review >

DOGBOY by Victor Kelleher
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"However, there's enough here to interest thoughtful readers. (Fiction. YA)"
A dog and her pup raise an abandoned baby boy in this philosophical tale that appears to take place sometime before Christ. Read full book review >
THE MOON RIDERS by Theresa Tomlinson
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"While not an epic comparable to Homer's works, the tale of Amazon women and the Trojan War is fast-paced and well-constructed and will have a sequel. (Fiction. 12+)"
Tomlinson, a Carnegie Medal-finalist, offers the story of Myrina, a young girl who joins a band of warrior wise women known as the Moon Riders. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Eliza's own story comes clear in a most fairytale-like ending complete with a possible suitor named Valentine. (cast of characters and places) (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Eliza Rose—cast out by her stepmother and imprisoned in 17th-century London for stealing a meat pie—is rescued by Ma Gwyn from the clink because of her green eyes and black hair. Read full book review >

FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A thoroughly enchanting confection. (Fantasy. YA)"
Another delightful epistolary fantasy set in an alternate, magical 19th-century England. Read full book review >
LUSH by Natasha Friend
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Realistic family drama. (Fiction. 12-15)"
After years of pretending she has a "normal" family, a worried teen finally confronts her father's alcoholism. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Still, these stories are notable for their setting and voice; they are crude and tender, hideous and funny, resonant stories of disaffected youth and the way that clashing cultures twist their reality. (Fiction. YA)"
Thomas M. Yeahpau (Kiowa) was introduced to the YA literature world in the anthology Night is Gone, Day is Still Coming (2003). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"However, Plum-Ucci's mastery at intensifying their observations into something dire and ominous speeds the plot along and should keep readers wondering just how this convoluted mystery will wrap up. (Fiction. YA)"
Shots fired from a gun passed hand-to-hand around a group of teens on a rickety dock are blamed for the disappearance and possible death of Casey Carmody, the impulsive younger sister of Kurt, the popular member of the in-crowd. Read full book review >
AFTERSHOCK by Kelly Easton
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Characterizations become blurred, and readers will flip the pages quickly to get to the good stuff. (Fiction. YA)"
Prince William-like pretty boy Adam survives the grisly car accident that kills both of his parents during the return leg of a cross-country excursion from Rhode Island to Oregon. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PRINCESS, VOLUME 1 by Mikiyo Tsuda
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A truly odd plot, insipid at its worst times and droll at its best, this princess is a royal mess. (Graphic novel. YA)"
Handsome Tohru Kuono has just transferred into an esteemed all boys' school. Read full book review >
LUDIE’S LIFE by Cynthia Rylant
POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A powerful read for young and old alike. (Fiction. 12+)"
Readers familiar with Rylant's work from their childhoods will feel comfortably familiar with the setting of this narrative. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >