Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2006

"Illustrated with photos and diagrams. (glossary, index) (Collective biography. 12+)"
This updated, expanded version of Great Canadian Scientists (1997) offers interview-based profiles of two dozen prominent physicists, mathematicians, cosmologists and biologists from our neighbor to the north, paired with notes on career opportunities in each field, along with instructions for sometimes-challenging science activities or demonstrations. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2006

"Altogether, a gorgeous and rich collection. (Fantasy. 12+)"
The second Firebirds anthology gathers an all-star cast to explore adolescence and discovering the world. Read full book review >

BOWERY GIRL by Kim Taylor
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2006

"She and Annabelle refuse to pity themselves, and their fierce determination to make it lends credence to the millions of historical and contemporary girls who dared to dream in the face of extraordinary challenges. (Historical fiction. YA)"
Mollie and Annabelle—both orphans, one a pickpocket, the other a prostitute—share a windowless tenement room, meager rations and a sense of desperation in the Bowery of New York City, 1833. Read full book review >
TWICE TOLD by Scott Hunt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"However, the stories might have benefited from the same unifying vision that is reflected in the artwork, with fewer authors engaging more of Hall's texts, and the most captivating tales being placed more strategically. (Anthology. YA)"
The fable of the six blind men and the elephant is invoked by the premise of this collection of 18 diverse short stories based upon nine original pencil sketches by Hunt. Read full book review >
THE YEAR THE GYPSIES CAME by Linzi Glass
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"Subtle parallels between Emily's family and apartheid South Africa provide great depth and meaning to this somber, sensitive, exquisitely narrated story for mature readers. (glossary of Afrikaans and Zulu words and expressions) (Fiction. YA)"
A spring visit from a vagabond family ends in disaster for two white girls and their family in apartheid South Africa in 1966. Read full book review >

LA LÍNEA by Ann Jaramillo
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"A nail-biting real-life adventure. (author's note) (Fiction. 12+)"
A Mexican teen risks everything to emigrate illegally to the U.S. to join his family and find a new life. Read full book review >
ENDGAME by Nancy Garden
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"Riveting. (Fiction. YA)"
Having gotten into trouble for reacting too violently to the bullies at his old school, Gray seriously hoped that things would be better in his new community. Read full book review >
THE WARRIOR HEIR by Cinda Williams Chima
Released: April 1, 2006

"A competent, unexceptionable addition to teen fantasy shelves; the sort of thing you'll like if you really like that sort of thing. (Fantasy. YA)"
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Ordinary youth unearths a mysterious artifact, discovers his secret heritage and becomes the pivotal figure in an epic battle between Good and Evil. Read full book review >
NAILED by Patrick Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"Readers will hurt for Bret when he falls, cheer for him when he triumphs and feel glad for the privilege of getting to know him. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old Bret loves three things: his band, his acting and his funky, free-spirited girlfriend. Read full book review >
THE DREAMWALKER’S CHILD by Steve Voake
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"An immensely enjoyable read, one can only hope that a series will soon follow. (Fantasy. 12+)"
In his debut, Voake has taken a dollop of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl character, added a dash of atmosphere from Stephen King and Peter Straub's The Talisman (2002) and created something uniquely and delightfully his own. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"A gripping page-turner that begs for the next volume. (Fantasy. YA)"
Cross steps up the pace and urgency in this gravely suspenseful second installment. Read full book review >
HIP-HOP HIGH SCHOOL by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2006

"A work for teens that adults would do well to read—along with Jonathan Kozol's recent study, The Shame of the Nation. (Fiction. YA)"
"You have big shoes to fill, Miss Theresa Anderson. Make good choices, please." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >