Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

WIDE AWAKE by David Levithan
FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

As if the gaytopic world he created for Boy Meets Boy (2003) wasn't radical enough, the setting in this protest-song/call-to-political-action/romance reaches even further into a near-magical realm where tolerance reigns supreme. Read full book review >
WHAT THE MOON SAW by Laura Resau
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Add a thrilling adventure and all the makings of an entrancing read are here. (glossaries) (Fiction. 12-14)"
When Clara Luna, 14, visits rural Mexico for the summer to visit the paternal grandparents she has never met, she cannot know her trip will involve an emotional and spiritual journey into her family's past and a deep connection to a rich heritage of which she was barely aware. Read full book review >

THINGS HOPED FOR by Andrew Clements
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 7, 2006

"Endless nattering about the auditions may hold some appeal for musical students, and the heavily embroidered New York references might attract others, but most will hope for it all to be over. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Seventeen-year-old Gwen is from Charleston, W.Va., but she has been studying violin in New York City and living with her grandfather. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 2006

"Heartbreaking and poignant with a touching, positive conclusion. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Losing their parents to influenza and typhoid fever, Devorah and Nehama endure another frightening and brutally senseless experience in their young lives when their simple early 20th-century Russian shtetl is attacked in an anti-Semitic pogrom. Read full book review >
PSYCHE IN A DRESS by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Mature teens will appreciate these modernized myths as the perfect vehicle for showcasing Block's talent for creating an illusory, though emotionally realistic, world that is both ethereal and edgy. (Fiction. YA)"
Using free verse and borrowing familiar archetypes from Greek mythology, Block tells a story of enduring love and the cyclical nature of life. Read full book review >

SAMURAI by Jason Hightman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Too bad there's no accompanying spark in the choppy prose of this plodding tale. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
It's no picnic being the scion of the last dragon-hunting family. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Oates's variation on a stream-of-consciousness style is appropriate for the voice of a character who spends so much time in her own head, but the ending is wrapped up a bit too simply considering all of Jenna's issues. (Fiction. YA)"
Oates's most recent foray into YA fiction won't disappoint fans of her teen writing, especially those who loved Big Mouth and Ugly Girl (2003). Read full book review >
GOOD GIRLS by Laura Ruby
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The romantic ending fails to convince, though kids should take heart in Audrey's courage and comfort in the notion that life goes on, even after a horrific humiliation. (Fiction. YA)"
The dark side of the digital age is revealed in this cautionary tale about a good girl who is photographed while "hooking up" with a popular senior. Read full book review >
BLEED by Laurie Faria Stolarz
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Although this collection ends on a note of hope, it is almost unbearably bleak. (Short stories. YA)"
Overlapping short stories about a group of related young people all take place one Saturday in August. Read full book review >
STORM THIEF by Chris Wooding
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Although strikingly different from The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray (2004) and Poison (2005), this stunning work of speculative fiction will appeal to Wooding's fans and earn him new ones. (Fiction. YA)"
Come visit Orokos, an ancient metropolis in serious decay from previous technological heights. Read full book review >
THE TAKER by J.M. Steele
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Entertaining, even if slightly predictable. (Fiction. YA)"
Carly always saw Princeton in her future, until she received her less-than-Ivy-League SAT scores. Read full book review >
ALPHABET OF DREAMS by Susan Fletcher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Absorbing. (author's essay) (Fiction. YA)"
Fletcher's inward-looking tale recreates the arduous journey of the Three Wise Men, as seen by a teenager in double disguise. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >