Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

WILLOW by Julia Hoban
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"However, Willow's acknowledgment of the cause of her grief—that she'll never be anyone's daughter again—is a sharp insight, and Hoban's appropriately complex portrayal of cutting makes this a good choice on a crucial subject. (Fiction. YA)"
Diluted by an expository and inconsistent narrative voice, this standard-issue problem novel will nonetheless appeal to readers interested in the topic of self-harm. Read full book review >
JUST ONE WISH by Janette Rallison
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"Although at times over the top, this comedy is a modern-day Robin Hood story itself, complete with unbelievable romance, hammy action scenes and only the best of intentions. (Fiction. YA)"
When 17-year-old Annika's younger brother is diagnosed with brain cancer, her family's world flips upside-down. Read full book review >

WORLDWEAVERS by Alma Alexander
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2009

"Buy it to keep the fans happy. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Thea Winthrop returns to the Wandless Academy in the fall and is drawn immediately into another adventure when the Federal Bureau of Magic asks for help. Read full book review >
JUMPED by Rita Williams-Garcia
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Although readers can anticipate the tragedy that transpires, it is shocking and agonizing nonetheless. (Fiction. YA)"
It's more than just three high-school girls—self-centered Leticia, skipping the last few minutes of her before-school, repeat Geometry class; angry Dominique, begging her teacher for five more points so she can play in the next basketball game; and overconfident Trina, hanging her Black History Month artwork in the corridor gallery—in the wrong place at the wrong time. Read full book review >
TORCHED by April Henry
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

Sixteen-year-old Ellie is caught between two evils in this eco-terrorism thriller. Read full book review >

JO-JO AND THE FIENDISH LOT by Andrew Auseon
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Lacking both the authentic relationships of Daniel Water's Generation Dead (2008) and the creative reinterpretation of Gabrielle Zevin's Elsewhere (2005), this novel just fades into the mist. (Horror. YA)"
Dead musicians guide a newly deceased teen in his search for his missing—and also "passed"—girlfriend. Read full book review >
THE KING’S ROSE by Alisa M. Libby
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"More drama than history, this suspenseful, downright racy tale will send readers hurtling headlong toward the novel's bitter end. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Romance novels often tell stories of women imprisoned by circumstance but whose hearts, and other parts, ache for true love. Read full book review >
UP CLOSE: HARPER LEE by Kerry Madden
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2009

"Extensive source notes and an excellent bibliography round out this superb biography, one of the best in the Up Close series. (foreword, index) (Biography. 12 & up)"
Not believing in biographies of living writers, Harper Lee declined to be interviewed for one, but Madden draws on extensive research—including trips to Monroeville, Ala., and interviews with classmates, colleagues and town residents—to explore how Lee's life and times inspired her masterpiece. Read full book review >
SAY THE WORD by Jeannine Garsee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"The details of Shawna's daily life sometimes slow down the plot, but it is because of these details that readers will believe Shawna's final transition from doormat to independent thinker. (Fiction. YA)"
Perfectionist Shawna hasn't seen her mother, Penny, in years, not since Penny left their Ohio home to live with another woman in New York. Read full book review >
THE SEASON by Sarah MacLean
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"MacLean's lively characters, however improbable, provide a fun and unrestrained take on a buttoned-up era, and readers who choose to give themselves up to the tale will enjoy it. (Mystery/historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Jane Austen meets Trixie Belden. Read full book review >
LOSERVILLE by Peter Johnson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"An interesting enough premise, but overall oddly constructed with little new to offer. (Fiction. YA)"
Lucas and his crew—eccentric Nate, hotheaded Derek and twins Phoebe and Coco—are typical teenagers, engaging in low-grade mischief and experimenting with drugs and rebellion. Read full book review >
STEP TO THIS by Nikki Carter
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"This is the first in the So For Real series. (Fiction. YA)"
Gia, a high-school sophomore, wants to improve her style, secure a spot on the Hi-Steppers dance squad and go on a date. 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 >