Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

TRIPPING by Heather Waldorf
CLASSICS
Released: April 18, 2009

"Teen readers will eagerly hitch a ride on this cross-country adventure. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A satisfying, entertaining and engaging story about six Canadian teenagers who travel by van from Toronto to Vancouver Island as part of a highly selective "annual, school-sponsored, eight-week study/camping trip." Read full book review >
BECAUSE I AM FURNITURE by Thalia Chaltas
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 16, 2009

"A harder read than it seems, but worth it. (Fiction. YA)"
Free verse, sometimes piquant and sometimes plain, describes very short scenes about a ninth grader with an abusive father. Read full book review >

MESSED UP by Janet Nichols Lynch
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 15, 2009

"As his teacher, Miz Trueblood, says, 'You're going to get along in this world just fine, R.D.' A memorable story of grit and survival, and helping hands along the way. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
R.D.'s life is messed up. Read full book review >
MAGIC AND MISERY by Peter Marino
FICTION
Released: April 15, 2009

"The novel's conclusion is less than satisfying, and will leave readers wondering why they chose to stick it out in the first place. (Fiction. YA)"
Self-conscious Toni Jo crushed hard on her best friend Pan until she found out he was gay. Read full book review >
THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan
FANTASY
Released: April 14, 2009

"But despite plot holes, more angst than action and an excess of philosophical meanderings, Mary's story delivers what's important: zombie apocalypse. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
It's been generations since the zombie apocalypse, and the people of Mary's village know they are the only living people left. Read full book review >

FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: April 14, 2009

"Although there is no bibliography or index, the author does include further resources such as playlists and books for 'the ultimate BFF book club.' (Nonfiction. YA)"
Every girl friendship could use a little polishing, so advice guru Hantman (30 Days to Getting Over the DORK You Used to Call Your Boyfriend, 2008) has created a guide to what makes, breaks and repairs a friendship. Read full book review >
SEBASTIAN DARKE by Philip Caveney
ADVENTURE
Released: April 14, 2009

"Swashbuckling fare for fans of this original adventure series. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
In this rousing sequel to Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools (2008), "elfling" Sebastian abandons a disastrous career as a court jester and takes to the high seas in search of pirate treasure with Max, his witty talking buffalope, and Cornelius, his pint-sized warrior pal. Read full book review >
THE TWILIGHT PRISONER by Katherine Marsh
FICTION
Released: April 7, 2009

"An outstanding story with wide appeal. (Fantasy. YA)"
Marsh proves immune to the sophomore jinx in this sequel; after a quick reset of The Night Tourist (2007), this briskly paced story soars. Read full book review >
CARTER FINALLY GETS IT by Brent Crawford
FANTASY
Released: April 7, 2009

"Crawford avoids moralizing, while nicely balancing toilet humor and developing social maturity. (Fiction. YA)"
Freshmen firsts: hookups, heartaches, humiliations. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE OF PRINCE CHARMING by Deb Caletti
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 7, 2009

"The author excels at getting to the heart of her protagonists' mixed-up emotions, and her fans will not be disappointed. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Caletti traverses familiar narrative terrain—emotionally wounded women search for Mr. Right amongst an overabundance of Mr. Wrongs—and adds a road trip as the vehicle for finding truth. Read full book review >
CASHAY by Margaret McMullan
FICTION
Released: April 6, 2009

"Along with the street-lit-style plot (if not language), Cashay's spirited voice and non-frothy prose will draw both confirmed and newer fans of inner-city drama. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Using a metaphor that's as topical as it is unusual, 13-year-old Cashay compares the ups and (mostly) downs in her life in Chicago's Cabrini Green projects to those in the stock market. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2009

"Even after all that time, his outrage at the economic and social destruction wrought by Castro's Revolution remains undimmed. (Memoir. 12-15)"
Calcines pulls no punches in this intense account of a youth spent in 1960s Cuba. 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 >