Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

PLAYING FOR KEEPS by Joan Lowery Nixon
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Nixon (Will's Story, not reviewed, etc.) has built a solid reputation as a master of mysteries for young teenagers, and in spite of its flaws, this one is sure to please her fans. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Sixteen-year-old Rose Ann, on a Caribbean cruise with her grandmother, becomes involved in the political intrigue surrounding the defection of Enrique, a teenaged Cuban baseball player. Read full book review >
EMPRESS OF THE WORLD by Sara Ryan
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Both controversial and long-awaited, this helps to fill a need that is painfully obvious in YA literature and introduces a wonderful new voice. (Fiction. YA)"
In a love story that breaks the usual rules ("There's two girls and a boy, but they're not in the roles you'd think they'd have"), Ryan has written an almost too-perfect awakening story. Read full book review >

ECHO by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Intense but not explicit eroticism, the lure of wrong choices, and the ultimate redemption of love at the right time will keep readers mesmerized until the last page. (Fiction. YA)"
The sorceress of iridescent language is back again in a tale a bit sparer and a bit darker than her usual. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT IS FOR HUNTING by John Marsden
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Marsden demonstrates that action books don't have to be trash. (glossary of Australian slang) (Fiction. YA)"
The rousing action of John Marsden's "Tomorrow" series continues in this sixth installment of his continuing saga in which Australia is conquered by an unnamed foreign army. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"Here's good news for teachers, too: the stories serve as fine springboards for introspective student-writing and classroom discussion. (Fiction. 12+)"
Some of today's most celebrated YA authors, including Avi, Walter Dean Myers, Jacqueline Woodson (writing with Chris Lynch), Annette Curtis Klause, Norma Fox Mazer, Virginia Euwer Wolff, and Howe himself, are represented in this generally fine though uneven anthology. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"Teenage girls will love it. (Fiction. 12-16)"
What's a high-school freshman to do when she learns she's a princess? Read full book review >
A GIFT FROM ZEUS by Jeanne Steig
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 30, 2001

"Readers already familiar with the stories will enjoy these somewhat skewed renditions immensely. (Mythology. 12+)"
The Steigs follow up A Handful of Beans: Six Fairy Tales (1998) with tales of heroic deeds, passionate love, mistreated women, and Olympian hanky-panky from an older tradition. Read full book review >
SHYLOCK’S DAUGHTER by Mirjam Pressler
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

In this turgid elaboration of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, Pressler (Anne Frank: A Hidden Life, 2000, etc.) subordinates the story's events both to a rich re-creation of the texture of life in the Venetian ghetto and to a series of overwrought reveries in which her unappealing cast members cast light on their various character flaws. Read full book review >
COMPASS IN THE BLOOD by Jr. Coles
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Readers who like action will be disappointed, but readers who like historical fiction, mystery, and investigative journalism will be enthralled. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
In 1902, Katherine Soffel, wife of a prison warden, became the talk of Pittsburgh when she helped a convicted murderer and his brother escape and ran away with them. Read full book review >
LOVE & SEX by Michael Cart
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"It's a bold poke in the eye to the censors, and an invigorating addition to the literature. (Fiction. YA)"
In a direct frontal assault on censorship of young-adult literature, Cart (My Father's Scar, 1996, etc.) presents ten short stories that highlight a taboo subject: teenagers coping with sexuality. Read full book review >
ZACH’S LIE by Roland Smith
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"An intriguing idea, well-written, with many heart-stopping moments, this should appeal to a wide variety of readers. (Fiction. 12-14)"
The life Jack Osborne knew has just ended. Read full book review >
LABYRINTH by John Herman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 2001

"Part problem novel, part fantasy, this needed more space to expand on its settings and themes, and solidify its interesting structure. (Fiction. 12+)"
Two parallel stories take place side-by-side in this ambitious novel, but neither is fully realized. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >