Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Easily on a par with his stellar adaptation of Beowulf (2007), it's a captivating, smartly executed work. (Graphic novel. 12+)"
Of late, there have been many unsuccessful attempts to adapt Shakespeare into the graphic-novel format; Hinds's beautiful new offering now sets the standard that all others will strive to meet. Read full book review >
CATHY’S KEY by Sean Stewart
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2008

"Perfect for gaming fans, reluctant readers and manga enthusiasts. (Fiction. YA)"
In this sequel to 2006's multimedia New York Times bestseller, teen heroine Cathy Vickers returns only to have her diary and cell phone stolen. Read full book review >

LUCKY by Rachel Vail
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

Phoebe, "pretty, popular [and] rich," knows that she is lucky. Read full book review >
STREAMS OF BABEL by Carol Plum-Ucci
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Plum-Ucci takes the incredible and makes it all too believable. (Fiction. YA)"
It's February, 2002, in Trinity Falls, N.J., a sleepy little suburban town south of New York City. Read full book review >
THE PATRON SAINT OF BUTTERFLIES by Cecilia Galante
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Readers will be amazed by Agnes and Honey's strength to enter a brave new world of Big Macs and automatic doors—and independence and unconditional love. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Agnes fasts and self-mutilates to emulate the martyrs depicted in her copy of The Saints' Way, while orphaned Honey would rather contemplate the beauty of butterflies than the religious rhetoric they have been forced to follow from their oppressive leader, Emmanuel. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"In the final pages, teens will find themselves questioning not only their current fashion choices, but also the implications of truth within their families and school communities. (Fiction. YA)"
Maggie, the new girl at Berkley Prep, gleefully joins a secret club reserved for the super-rich but grows increasingly uncomfortable with the group's weekly ritual: posting their classmates' secrets on The Wall. Read full book review >
INK EXCHANGE by Melissa Marr
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2008

"Despite its many shortcomings, however, this title is likely to be just as popular as its bestselling predecessor. (Fantasy. YA)"
This sequel to Wicked Lovely (2007) focuses on a damaged mortal girl who unknowingly becomes the property of a dark faerie king. Read full book review >
OH. MY. GODS. by Tera Lynn Childs
Released: May 1, 2008

"Funny and light, this tale is a romance of Olympian proportions. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Few situations are more difficult than adjusting to a new stepfamily, but what if they are all descendants of the gods? Read full book review >
MELTDOWN by Andy McNab
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2008

"Highly recommended. (Fiction. YA)"
The final, exciting book in the Watts Family adventures from Britain reaches a satisfying resolution with this caper about a dangerous new drug that threatens all Europe. Read full book review >
PEELED by Joan Bauer
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Highly entertaining. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A spunky teen with a passion for newspaper reporting goes undercover to follow leads in rural Banesville, N.Y. Reporter-at-large for her high-school newspaper, Hildy Biddle relentlessly seeks "the truth." Read full book review >
NEWES FROM THE DEAD by Mary Hooper
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Fans of Jennifer Donnelly's A Northern Light (2003) or Julie Hearn's The Minister's Daughter (2005) will be eager to make Anne's acquaintance. (Fiction. YA)"
A hanged scullery maid rises from the dead in this fascinating historical novel based on actual events in Cromwellian England. Read full book review >
EVER by Gail Carson Levine
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Strong and good. (Fiction. 12+)"
Kezi, the talented daughter of a palace official, is willing to sacrifice her life to save her beloved aunt from the wrath of the god Admat. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >