Teen Book Reviews

STONE MIRRORS by Jeannine Atkins
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A fascinating, tantalizing glimpse. (bibliography) (Verse historical fiction. 12-18)"
Edmonia Lewis was a noted African-American sculptor whose career begins in this verse novel set in the late 1800s. Read full book review >
ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A rich, atmospheric story that readers will be hard-pressed to put down. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The Phantom of the Opera is reborn in this supernatural tale of music, passions, and love. Read full book review >

FACTORY GIRL by Josanne La Valley
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thought-provoking look at oppression and the power of words from a viewpoint not often heard. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
When Roshen, a 16-year-old Uighur girl from northern China, is sent away for a year to work at the Hubei Work Wear Company, a factory in the south, she faces cultural, societal, physical, and psychological challenges far beyond her worst nightmares. Read full book review >
A LIST OF CAGES by Robin Roe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A triumphant story about the power of friendship and of truly being seen. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In her debut, Roe tells the story of a friendship between two young men who will linger in the thoughts and minds of readers long after the final page is turned. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A solid resource for teens seeking advice on planning their futures. (notes, further resources) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
Wooster offers teens too shy or scared to be themselves the stories of others who have embraced their true selves. Read full book review >

BEHELD by Alex Flinn
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"These fizzily undemanding romantic spins on familiar tales go down easy. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
Following Mirrored (2015), Towering (2013), and more, Flinn continues her retellings of folk and fairy tales, this time featuring "Little Red Riding Hood," "Rumpelstiltskin," "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," and "The Ugly Duckling." Read full book review >
THE LAST MESSAGE RECEIVED by Emily Trunko
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"The emotional gravitas on display is not to be denied. (Nonfiction. 13 & up)"
An anthology of final communications. Read full book review >
A TOASTER ON MARS by Darrell Pitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Doctor Who fans are a natural audience for this story, but it may well build a broader readership once the word gets out. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
This pseudo-science-fiction book provides laughs of all types: readers will progress from snickers to giggles to, finally, belly laughs and shouts of outrage. Read full book review >
THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT by Chelsea Sedoti
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A solid coming-of-age novel with light spunk and individuality. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Hawthorn Creely always hated Lizzie Lovett, so why is she distraught when Lizzie goes missing in this seamless blend of mystery and relationship fiction? Read full book review >
ONE LAST WORD by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This striking, passionate anthology reminds young readers and adult fans of poetry alike that while black life remains 'no crystal stair,' there remains reason to hope and a reserve of courage from which to draw. (historical note, author's notes, biographies, sources, index) (Poetry. 10 & up)"
Timely and thought-provoking, Grimes' collection transports young readers through the enduring expressiveness of the Harlem Renaissance, juxtaposing classic poems of the era with her own original work and full-color art by contemporary African-American illustrators. Read full book review >
LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT by Josh Sundquist
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Thought-provoking and insightful. (author's note) (Romance. 13-18)"
Sundquist (We Should Hang Out Sometime, 2014) explores blindness and sight in his first novel. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A stirring, suspenseful true story of dangerous adventure and remarkable survival. (photos, 'Teddy's Travel Tips,' timeline, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In this true, thrilling adventure story, 55-year-old former president Theodore Roosevelt joins an expedition to explore an uncharted river deep in the Amazon jungle and barely makes it out alive. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >