Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

BLACK POWDER by Staton Rabin
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Kids deserve better, and writers for kids should know this. (historical notes) (Fiction. 12-15)"
This perfectly dreadful time-travel fantasy takes a hip black teen from 2010 L.A. back to 13th-century Oxford in an attempt to convince Roger Bacon, the brilliant Franciscan scholar who discovered gunpowder, to destroy his legacy. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Yeahhhh. (Poetry. YA)"
At last: a jazz book that thrillingly, exhilaratingly, palpitatingly gets it. Read full book review >

POETRY
Released: Oct. 24, 2005

"A must have for teachers who need the just-right book for their eighth-graders. (Poetry. 14+)"
This intelligent anthology will accomplish two amazing feats: It will please teen readers and simultaneously satisfy their teachers. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 17, 2005

"A strong choice for history classrooms and a must for all libraries. (cast of characters, timeline) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Charging war elephants, bank failures in Scotland and Daniel Boone all play a part in this "transnational" study of the American Revolution, the final installment in a trilogy, which, with Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado (2000) and John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise (2004), covers early English explorations of the New World through the American Revolution. Read full book review >
BRIEF CANDLE by Kate Pennington
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2005

"Ugh. (Historical fiction. 12+)"
Breathlessly described as the pseudonym of a bestselling author, one Kate Pennington spins a meretricious fictionalization of the lives of the Brontë family. Read full book review >

DOUGH BOY by Peter Marino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 15, 2005

"Insightful. (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-year-old Tristan reports his enduring humiliation and bullying in this humorous tale about living under a yoke of criticism. Read full book review >
FULL SERVICE by Will Weaver
FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2005

"Superb. (Fiction. YA)"
A northern Minnesota small town in 1965 is the setting for Paul's summer of growing maturity while working at a Shell full-service gas station. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT DISTANCE by Kim Ablon Whitney
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"In addition, the equine details are exactly right. (Fiction. 12-15)"
An absorbing look into the pressure-packed world of the equitation finals, where each year hundreds of teenagers ride horses that cost more than most houses—for what? Read full book review >
YOUNG WARRIORS by Tamora Pierce
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Pierce energetically writes the introduction and Sherman offers a few historical bits about young warriors in the afterword. (Short stories/fantasy. 12+)"
This collection is gathered around a single theme—that of a child or teen warrior. Read full book review >
DARK ANGEL by David Klass
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Sinister and thought-provoking, events and characters unfold in such a way as to ask readers to decide if evil is a genetic thing and therefore inescapable, or is it a choice? (Fiction. YA)"
Secrets in a small town can be dangerous. Read full book review >
FRIENDS OF THE HEART by Kate Banks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 7, 2005

"Life, death, love, friendship, superstition, self-discovery and more are examined in this sometimes belabored, sometimes joyful, ultimately tragic story. (Fiction. 12+)"
Banks's story has the slightly detached modern—and adult—sensibility of a New Yorker short story: The relationships of a group of vacationing friends and a loving, multigenerational family in Italy are described in both warm sensory waves and with a colder, steady current of psychological analysis. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 6, 2005

"Strong language, partying, sex and drugs were a big part of John's life, and their portrayal makes this a work for older readers, who will find it fascinating. (afterword, discography, index) (Nonfiction. YA)"
"The guitar's all very well, John, but you'll never make a living out of it." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >