Teen Book Reviews

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An unflinching look at rape culture and its repercussions. (Thriller. 15-18)"
Three teens in small-town Ohio struggle with sexual violence, together and individually, in a tragic thriller. Read full book review >
OXBLOOD by Annalisa Grant
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"This fast-paced spy novel has just the right amount of international intrigue and danger; a touch of romance is a sweet bonus. (Thriller. 16 & up)"
Victoria Asher, 20, leads an uneventful life in Miami, working at a diner and celebrating her birthday eating pie and ice cream with her best friend—but when she receives an ominous package from her brother, Gil, her entire world shifts. Read full book review >

AFTERWARD by Jennifer Mathieu
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Compelling. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Two teens drawn together by tragedy navigate an unusual friendship. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An important and timely corrective. (timelines, source notes, bibliography, index). (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Known for his Don't Know Much About… series, Davis here focuses on the lives of five individuals who were enslaved to some of the most important proponents of American liberty; "Only then can we really understand and possibly move past the stain of a racist past that still haunts America." Read full book review >
VASSA IN THE NIGHT by Sarah Porter
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An enthralling, magic-tinged read about home, family, love, and belonging. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
Brooklyn is an enchanted kingdom where most aspire to arrive—most of it, that is, the exception being Vassa's working-class neighborhood, where the white teen lives with her stepmother and stepsisters, struggling with the feeling that she does not belong. Read full book review >

FROST LIKE NIGHT by Sara Raasch
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"The dangers are real and many die—which is why the twist ending works: happiness is sobered by sacrifice in a fulfilling conclusion. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Meira returns in this final installment in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. Read full book review >
KIDS OF APPETITE by David Arnold
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Sophisticated teen readers will love this. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In Hackensack, New Jersey, a teen grieving the death of his father flees home, urn containing his dad's ashes in hand, and stumbles upon the best friends of his life. Read full book review >
THE ODDS OF LIGHTNING by Jocelyn Davies
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Both 'then' and 'now' plots combine to make an engaging work. (Friendship fiction. 14-18)"
Putting a scientific cast on magical realism, the lives of four teens are changed by a bolt of lightning. Read full book review >
THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The opener to a pitch-black epic fantasy series horrifically upends the bonds of sisterhood. Read full book review >
METALTOWN by Kristen Simmons
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"In this gritty tale of intrigue, corruption, greed, and human rights, Simmons offers readers a savvy take on a post-apocalyptic society."
In her latest, Simmons paints a bleak picture of the future. Read full book review >
THE SWAN RIDERS by Erin Bow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Brilliant and compelling: don't miss this. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
A girl, remade, might just remake the world. Read full book review >
Wilder by Rebecca Yarros
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"Intelligent and fun, this fast-paced tale delivers kaleidoscopic settings and an adventurous love story."
Yarros (Ignite: Legacy, 2016, etc.) offers a shipboard romance between an extreme sports athlete and his ambitious tutor.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >