Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

GRACELING by Kristin Cashore
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Grace-full, in every sense. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
An assured fantasy debut grapples with questions of identity, authenticity and autonomy. Read full book review >
THE HAND YOU’RE DEALT by Paul Volponi
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Fast-paced, with a riveting opening full of guns and cursing, the book has an odd quality of the fairy tale, with an unrelentingly evil villain, a fairy-godfather figure in the priest, a beautiful princess for the prom and never any doubt about the abilities of the hero. (Fiction. YA)"
Putting aside basketball and racism, Volponi leaps into new territory—cards. Read full book review >

CRICKET MAN by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Issues such as student privacy, depression and teen pregnancy are addressed, and while this is not one of Naylor's major works, it is still engaging, pertinent and a good choice for reluctant readers. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Kenny Sykes is new to the neighborhood. Read full book review >
STOP ME IF YOU’VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE by David Yoo
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"This will work best in collections serving large populations of Asian-American teens. (Fiction. YA)"
In 1995, Korean-American high-school junior Albert Kim has decided to be an intentional loser, figuring that no social obligations means no need for social skills. Read full book review >
THE SECRET STORY OF SONIA RODRÍGUEZ by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Sonia's perspective is necessarily subjective, but her own development as a character fails to bring needed balance to these depictions. (Fiction. YA)"
Sonia Rodríguez is the American-born daughter of illegal Mexican immigrants. Read full book review >

I KNOW IT’S OVER by C.K. Kelly Martin
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"Rich characters and honest interactions set Martin's debut novel apart, and readers will look forward to whatever gestates next. (Fiction. YA)"
One relationship ends, another begins. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL’S BREATH by David Gilman
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"Still, this will probably serve Horowitz's readers well enough while they await the next in the series. (Thriller. YA)"
When his father goes missing, Max Gordon, a clever British teen, finds himself embroiled in a fiendish plot with an ecological slant. Read full book review >
HERO-TYPE by Barry Lyga
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2008

"The message, though important, is more than clear; readers will really have to love the characters to see it through to the end. (Fiction. YA)"
Kevin Ross, aka Kross, receives a key to the small town of Brookdale and a free car from the mayor for heroically rescuing his schoolmate (and crush) from the hands of a murderer. Read full book review >
DARK DUDE by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Even so, young readers will genuinely care about Rico and be carried along on his journey of discovery. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Fifteen-year-old Rico Fuentes, who refers to himself as the "palest Cubano who ever existed on the planet," feels impelled by circumstances involving drugs, truancy and family to flee Harlem for Wisconsin; it's the 1960s and his good friend Roberto, a lottery winner, is attending college and has rented a farm nearby. Read full book review >
LIVING DEAD GIRL by Elizabeth Scott
FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Scott provides neither easy answers nor a happy resolution, although the ending provides a grim sense of release. (Fiction. 16 & up)"
Scott, best known for such chick-lit pleasers as Bloom (2008), breaks the mold with this harrowing tale of abuse leavened only by lyric writing à la Adam Rapp (33 Snowfish, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
MY ONE HUNDRED ADVENTURES by Polly Horvath
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Jane's poetic, philosophical musings capture a child's logic with an adult voice in this witty, wise and wonderful novel. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Twelve-year-old Jane Fielding's soul itches for adventure. Read full book review >
BONECHILLER by Graham McNamee
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Read this intense horror story in big gulps, and don't forget to breathe. (Horror. 12 & up)"
Harvest Cove is too small even to be a dot on the map, tucked away as it is in Canada's Big Empty, "so big it could swallow you without a trace." 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 >