Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

FABLEHAVEN by Brandon Mull
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2007

"More sequels are likely. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Holding together better than its predecessor while continuing to feature plenty of heroism and hilarity, this follow-up to Fablehaven (2006) sends siblings Kendra and Seth back to the secret preserve for magical creatures guarded by their grandparents. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE HOUND by Mette Ivie Harrison
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Not for readers who want fast pacing or strong action, but still a well-told tale. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Like a tale spun out over many winter evenings, this moves at a stately pace, and even its climax is measured. Read full book review >

RUCKER PARK SETUP by Paul Volponi
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"A slam dunk! (Fiction. YA)"
Harlem's Rucker Park amateur basketball tournaments combine street players and wannabes in a showcase of slam-dunk explosive talent. Read full book review >
THIEVES TILL WE DIE by Stephen Cole
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Snarky, fun, action-packed adventure. (Fiction. 13-15)"
The young-adult crooks and whiz kids of Thieves Like Us (2006) are once again set to steal ancient artifacts for their mysterious employer, Coldhardt. Read full book review >
TIPS ON HAVING A GAY (EX) BOYFRIEND by Carrie Jones
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"Clumsy comma splices and absences, along with awkward repetition, distract from an emotional story that's otherwise true at heart. (Fiction. YA)"
This touching tale about a teenage girl whose boyfriend turns out to be gay is marred by prose that is seemingly unedited. Read full book review >

SUCH A PRETTY FACE by Ann Angel
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"Authors' biographies and discussion questions are appended. (Fiction. YA)"
Combining contributions from established veterans and newcomers, this appealing anthology, with its baker's dozen of stories about beauty—a topic often on the minds of youth—offers a broad perspective. Read full book review >
THE WIZARD HEIR by Cinda Williams Chima
Released: May 1, 2007

"This sequel improves on the original, leaving fans eager for the foreshadowed resolution. (Fantasy. YA)"
A fantasy trilogy of high-stakes magical politics gains depth with this second entry. Read full book review >
MIKI FALLS: SPRING by Mark Crilley
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"A stark departure from Crilley's previous Akiko series, Miki Falls is a ruminative look at a love and a richly developed labyrinth of fantasy and secrets. (Graphic novel. 12-16)"
A young girl's journey into love evolves with the seasons in the stellar first volume of a quartet. Read full book review >
FREAK SHOW by James St. James
Released: May 1, 2007

"A groundbreaking, eye-opening, romantic, bittersweet story of one boy's determination to seek acceptance for who he is and right the wrongs of his world, one dress at a time. (Fiction. YA)"
On the first day of school, Billy Bloom arrives on the scene decked out in full Vivienne Westwood pirate regalia, complete with tights, pearls, a sword, gold teeth and a Cap'n Crunch hat. Read full book review >
PANTS ON FIRE by Meg Cabot
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"But it's Cabot, so it won't matter—buy in bulk. (Fiction. YA)"
The summer before senior year, Katie Sullivan's on top of the world, especially with Seth, the football team's kicker as her boyfriend, a ranking at the top of her class and a place in her school's popular clique. Read full book review >
CAPTIVES by Tom Pow
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"Unique and rewarding. (Fiction. YA)"
Complex yet accessible, this intriguing adventure story offers unexpected depth. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"Only occasionally marred by less-than-stellar writing, this is a smart and engaging story about a hidden issue. (Fiction. YA)"
Getting caught for sneaking off with friends for the weekend might cause most teens to lose some privileges, but for Sofi Mendoza, it means she might lose her whole life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >