Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2009

"The whimsical cartoon illustrations are a good complement to the breezy, conversational style. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Adolescent girls seeking a deeper understanding of the opposite sex will appreciate this appealing, entertaining guide full of useful facts and sound advice. Read full book review >
PEACE, LOVE, & BABY DUCKS by Lauren Myracle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2009

"Myracle's spot-on portrayal of a teen stuck in the throes of defining herself based on what she is not rather than what she is allows plenty of room for Carly to muse, grow and change. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Predictable territory is made richer by a large cast of multidimensional characters in this work of contemporary realism set in an affluent Atlanta community. Read full book review >

GHOSTS OF WAR by Ryan Smithson
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2009

"For Smithson, the war is a source of personal enlightenment, and this memoir is a remarkable, deeply penetrating read that will compel teens to reflect on their own thoughts about duty, patriotism and sacrifice. (Memoir. YA)"
Ryan Smithson was a typical 16-year-old high-school student until 9/11. Read full book review >
THE WAY WE ROLL by Stephanie Perry Moore
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Although Moore provides a look into the closeted, elite world of African-American Greeks, the novel feels crowded with too many characters and too many subplots, with not enough of the rich history and legacy of these groups. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
The second book in the Beta Gamma Pi series features Malloy Murray, the daughter of the national president of the sorority. Read full book review >
THE PLAGUE by Joanne Dahme
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Despite the contrived ending that finds Nell a prisoner in the Tower of London, Dahme successfully blurs fact and fiction to capture the pervasive horror that infected life during the plague. (Historical fantasy. 12-15)"
An orphan becomes an innocent pawn in a dangerous political plot that carries her from London to Bordeaux while the Black Death cuts a swath through 14th-century Europe. Read full book review >

THE ETERNAL SMILE by Gene Luen Yang
Released: May 1, 2009

"Begging for multiple readings, this exceptionally clever examination of fantasy and perception is one to be pored over and ruminated upon. (Graphic fiction. YA)"
A rousing and thought-provoking exploration of fantasy versus reality from the much-lauded comics veterans Yang and Kim. Read full book review >
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2009

"Readers will have to keep looking for well-written, cutting-edge teen Christian fiction. (Mystery. YA)"
Backstage drama and murder in this series opener. Read full book review >
SHADOW BOXING by Sherie Posesorski
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2009

"Wholesome. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Ever since her mother died, 16-year-old Alice has been sleepwalking through life, locked in a cold war with her father, cutting herself to cope. Read full book review >
THE CHOSEN ONE by Carol Lynch Williams
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Nonetheless, Kyra's terrible dilemma—escaping her fate means betraying her family—is heartbreakingly real, and the final scenes are riveting and suspenseful. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Intensely gripping and grippingly intense, the story begins with a gasp when Prophet Childs, the leader of a sect called The Chosen Ones, comes to visit the almost-14-year-old Kyra Leigh Carlson and her family to impart the "joyous news" that she's to become the seventh wife of her father's brother, a much older church apostle. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"In several of the stories, most notably An Na's 'Complication,' the protagonist must sort through myriad moral complexities—in other words, the stuff and substance of adulthood. (Short stories. 14 & up)"
In her succinct introduction to this up-and-down story collection, editor Jill Santopolo mentions the "dotted line" that separates childhood from adulthood, a time when the young individual must begin to negotiate the world alone. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >