Teen Book Reviews

FLYING by Carrie Jones
Released: July 19, 2016

"Funny and fast-moving, with a compelling setup for potential sequels. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
A bubbly, affectionate cheerleader must rescue her mother from an out-of-this-world danger. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF THE SPIDER by Imam Baksh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Guyanese author Baksh weaves a mesmerizing web in his debut. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Mayali is a fugitive from her home world of Zolpash, which is ruled by the Spider gods and their armies, who now have plans to invade Earth—it's up to Mayali to thwart them. Read full book review >

THE SEASON by Jonah Lisa Dyer
Released: July 12, 2016

"Ultimately, though a season undoubtedly presents conflicts for its participants, Megan's are unlikely to resonate with most modern readers. (Fiction. 14-18)"
College soccer defines 20-year-old Megan's life, until her mom forces her to participate in an exclusive debutante season. Read full book review >
THE CRIMSON SKEW by S.E. Grove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A triumphant conclusion to a prodigious feat of storytelling. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
The Mapmakers trilogy concludes with Sophia Tims still searching for her missing parents and, while she's at it, trying to prevent a cataclysmic war. Read full book review >
SHINY BROKEN PIECES by Sona Charaipotra
Released: July 12, 2016

"An addicting thriller that will make anyone who loves ballet clamor for another installment. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Three girls compete for two coveted company spots in New York's prestigious American Ballet Company, and someone is willing to kill for them. Read full book review >

THE LOST & FOUND by Katrina Leno
Released: July 5, 2016

"The plot's flawed, but it's executed by characters readers can believe in and care about. (Magical realism. 13-16)"
Two teens on opposite coasts who've bonded closely in an anonymous online therapy group for trauma victims embark with companions on cross-country road trips to meet in Austin, Texas. Read full book review >
THE DRAWING LESSON by Mark Crilley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"An original and accessible way to learn to draw. (Graphic nonfiction. 10-14)"
This 144-page book delivers exactly what it promises: a graphic novel that teaches readers to draw. Read full book review >
Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A successful story of a young woman's journey through grief."
In this YA coming-of-age novel, a teenage girl who's lost her best friend must learn how to open her heart again. Read full book review >
BEFORE WE GO EXTINCT by Karen Rivers
Released: June 28, 2016

"JC's voice, spoken and unspoken, rings with a note of authenticity. (Fiction. 12-17)"
A summer with his estranged father on an island in the Pacific Northwest helps JC come to grips with his best friend's death. Read full book review >
AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Addictive intrigue that will send readers to history books as a balm while waiting for the sequel. (dramatis personae, glossary, author's note; not seen) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A historical reimagining that asks: what if Vlad the Impaler had been a woman? Read full book review >
MIRROR IN THE SKY by Aditi Khorana
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Like a space explorer, Tara is thrust into the uncharted territory of life and must decide how she will navigate this new part of herself. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
New friends and the discovery of a new planet cause one teen to question her life on Earth—and beyond. Read full book review >
UNPLUGGED by Donna Freitas
Released: June 21, 2016

"Despite imperfections, one of the more ambitious and thought-provoking entries in a crowded genre. (Science fiction/dystopia. 12 & up)"
The selfie-tastical virtual world decides to unplug from the physical one, stranding one girl from her family—and from the truth. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >