Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

DREAMRIDER by Barry Jonsberg
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"Undeniably compelling but darkly disturbing and ultimately deeply perplexing. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
From the first line—"I killed two kids at school today"—to the closing Messianic reference, this follows Michael through one week in the tortured and bullied life of a fat kid in his seventh new school. Read full book review >
THE WINTER WAR by William Durbin
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"Those who stick with it will likely not forget this portrayal of maddening injustice and of the indomitability of the Finnish spirit during what history calls 'The Winter War.' (historical afterword, bibliography of sources for study) (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Set in Finland during the 1939 Russian invasion, this recounts a little-known war. Read full book review >

BACK CREEK by Leslie Goetsch
FICTION
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"With readers drowning in water metaphors, this life preserver comes just in time. (Fiction. YA)"
Grace spends the summer of 1975 at home on the banks of Back Creek, trying to shore up her fragmented family. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU WISH by Kristin Harmel
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"Better written than the usual fluff of this type, and fun for girls who wish they were stars. (Fiction. YA)"
Star Beck, a 17-year-old pop sensation à la Britney Spears, can't stand her insane, publicity-driven life or her stage-mother from Hell. Read full book review >
HEALTH
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"A raw, directionless search for the truth. (For his father's side of the story, see Beautiful Boy, 2007) (Nonfiction. YA)"
In the publisher's second (and lesser) recent drug memoir, golden-boy-to-be Sheff recounts his descent from casual drinking and pot smoking as a teenager to heroin, cocaine and crystal-meth abuse in his early 20s. Read full book review >

THE MISSING GIRL by Norma Fox Mazer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"These minor complaints are not a distraction, and a ten-second booktalk will ignite teen buzz for this outstanding work. (Fiction. YA)"
Mazer's latest novel would give Alfred Hitchock a run for his money. Read full book review >
SWEETHEARTS by Sara Zarr
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Zarr transfixes teen readers with enticing explorations of identity and enduring love. (Fiction. YA)"
After years working to achieve popularity, Jenna tries not to think about elementary school: the lisp, the tears, the fat. Read full book review >
SHE’S SO MONEY by Cherry Cheva
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Light, fun and at times laugh-out-loud funny. (Fiction. YA)"
Maya has always been a good girl. Read full book review >
ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS by James Lecesne
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Lecesne's work on the Trevor helpline serves as a beacon of hope, but this bloated narrative clouds the issue of homophobia and teen sexuality. (Fiction. YA)"
Arriving on the Jersey shore, flamboyant Leonard Pelkey stomps into Phoebe's life on platform sneakers and complicates her disconnected family relationships. Read full book review >
THE KING’S ARROW by Michael Cadnum
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Cadnum's novels about the Crusades, for all their flaws, are considerably more compelling. (foreword) (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Another medieval tale from Cadnum—this one set in 1100 and centered on the killing of William Rufus, son of William the Conqueror. Read full book review >
THE CIRCLE OF BLOOD by Alane Ferguson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Teen readers with a taste for gory mysteries will find this suspenseful page-turner a delightful diversion. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Who needs CSI? Read full book review >
SIMON BLOOM, THE GRAVITY KEEPER by Michael Reisman
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Tweens who enjoyed Lemony Snicket will be equally amused by this lightweight but swift and funny read. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
The town of Lawnville has many secrets; among them are the forest that hides itself from all but a select group and The Order of Physics, part of an arcane union that explores the sciences. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >