Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

RELIGION
Released: May 1, 2009

"This belligerent tract is unlikely to win over converts and will disappoint readers seeking information about atheism. (Nonfiction. YA)"
Hitchcock's abrasive and condescending approach to showing "the absurdity of all religions and their shared notion of a god or gods" is unlikely to convince readers who do not already share his views. Read full book review >
VAMPED by Lucienne Diver
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2009

"A light read, probably quickly forgotten but fun going down. (Fiction. YA)"
Gina Covello's senior prom doesn't go exactly as planned. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Fatherly Vivaldi, a ruddy, spirited and sympathetic composer approaching greatness, binds the girls and the story together. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Three girls train under Vivaldi at an esteemed orphanage for the musically gifted, each seeking love outside its strict classes and conventions. Read full book review >
REALITY CHECK by Peter Abrahams
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"The climax is unexpected and not enormously credible, but it doesn't matter, because by that point readers will be frantically turning pages and fully invested in Abrahams's message of true love conquering all obstacles. (Mystery. 12 & up)"
After his adored ex-girlfriend Clea disappears from her ritzy Vermont boarding school, Cody—a working-class boy who, after a devastating knee injury, went from high-school football star to high-school dropout—travels to Vermont to find her, and becomes embroiled in a dangerous mystery. Read full book review >
GRINGOLANDIA by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2009

"This poignant, often surprising and essential novel illuminates too-often ignored political aspects of many South Americans' migration to the United States. (Historical fiction. YA)"
Two adolescents, Daniel Aguilar, a high-school student and rock singer, and his girlfriend, Courtney Larkin, a young, passionate writer, recount through separate narration the painful recovery of Chilean Marcelo Aguilar, Daniel's father, tortured under Pinochet's dictatorship in the 1980s. Read full book review >

THE AWAKENING  by Kelley Armstrong
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2009

"Dark alleys, undead bodies and bountiful blood will cause shivers, while Chloe's chemistry with both boys will raise readers' pulses. (Supernatural thriller. 12 & up)"
A small group of supernatural teens escapes The Edison House, a malevolent scientific organization bent on their destruction, and embarks on a desperate journey to find the one man who might help them. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2009

"This will work best with a high-school audience already well versed in American and world history and ready for a treatment that makes compelling connections. (timeline, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
The latest volume in the Groundwork Guides series offers a fascinating and concise overview of democracy from ancient Greece and Rome through the American and French Revolutions and on through modern movements for democracy in the developing world. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE BEAR by Mette Ivie Harrison
ANIMALS
Released: April 28, 2009

"Not for every reader, but an absorbing tale for the right one. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Although this follows directly from The Princess and the Hound (2007), both stories are complete in themselves and can be read independently. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: April 28, 2009

"Save your thriller dollars for better. (Thriller. YA)"
When high schooler Charlie West wakes up in a torture chamber, the last thing he remembers is a normal day. Read full book review >
FUNNY HOW THINGS CHANGE by Melissa Wyatt
FICTION
Released: April 27, 2009

"What Remy seeks, his terra incognita, lies not in some distant place, but beneath his feet and all around him, the achingly beautiful, vulnerable landscape of home. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Remy Walker is torn. Read full book review >
THE CARBON DIARIES 2015 by Saci Lloyd
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 22, 2009

"Enough, at least. (Science fiction. 13-15)"
With eco-thrillers rapidly becoming the new vampire romance, it takes a special one to stand out. Read full book review >
WHY I FIGHT by J. Adams Oaks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 21, 2009

"Disturbing scenes of cleaning fish, killing tadpoles and violent brawls pitted against adults mark this work suitable for male reluctant readers who lean toward bloody violence. (Fiction. YA)"
Wyatt Reaves, 12 years old at the beginning of this troubling story, relates his teen years, spent manipulated by an adult who lacks a moral compass. 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 >