Teen Book Reviews

BEACH PARTY SURF MONKEY by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"A worthy sequel that improves upon the original and keeps the good times rolling. (Fiction. 8-12)"
P.T. Wilkie's adventures at the Wonderland Hotel continue following series opener Home Sweet Hotel (2016). Read full book review >
QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE by Sarah Prager
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 23, 2017

"Should be placed in the hands of every LGBTQ teen so they'll know that not only are they not alone, but they have a rich and diverse history—as well as the straight ones, who should know that history too. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
For as long as there's been air, there's been Queer; in acknowledgment, Prager offers 23 short biographies of individuals who changed their world and ours. Read full book review >

IN A PERFECT WORLD by Trish Doller
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 23, 2017

"Pair with Aisha Saeed's Written in the Stars (2013) for an insider point of view of Islam. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A white Catholic teen from Ohio spends her months in Cairo getting to know her gorgeous Egyptian driver while learning about social justice and international fellowship. Read full book review >
GRACE AND THE FEVER by Zan Romanoff
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"A thrilling romp through a fangirl fantasy in which everything crashes and burns and the heroine emerges stronger. (Fiction. 12-17)"
A fangirl finds herself entangled in the real lives of the boy band she loves. Read full book review >
MY FUTURE EX-GIRLFRIEND by Jake Gerhardt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Covering well-worn material, from Sam's desperate need to fart at an inopportune, potentially romantic moment to the dreaded meeting of the girls' parents, the book is a light, amusing read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The sequel to Me and Miranda Mullaly (2016) recounts eighth-graders Sam, Duke, and Chollie's largely unsuccessful but often amusing attempts to navigate the minefield that is middle school boy-girl relationships. Read full book review >

BE THE ONE by Byron Pitts
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"Although the stories are heartbreaking, they also offer solace and hope to other youth who may be suffering through similar experiences. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
"Where do you go, where do you hide, when the world hurts too much?" Read full book review >
THICK AS THIEVES by Megan Whalen Turner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 16, 2017

"A series stand-alone that won't disappoint Turner aficionados. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A slave escapes across the wilderness and cities of the Mede empire with an enemy soldier. Read full book review >
HOW DARE THE SUN RISE by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"This hard-hitting autobiography will have readers reeling as it shows one young woman's challenging path to healing. (Memoir. 13-adult)"
At the age of 10, author Uwiringiyimana went through horrors no one, let alone a child, should ever have to go through. Read full book review >
GRIT by Gillian French
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"Gorgeously written and helmed by a protagonist with an indelibly fierce heart. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A girl with a reputation grapples with the secrets of last summer. Read full book review >
A MILLION JUNES by Emily Henry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"A potential treat for readers who enjoy magical realism, but there are stronger examples of the genre, such as Laura Ruby's Printz-winning Bone Gap. (Magical realism. 12-16)"
In a town where magic is alive and cherries taste like the sun, the children of two rival families must break a curse that's haunted them for generations and learn what it means to live with loss. Read full book review >
SEEKING MANSFIELD by Kate Watson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"A commendable adaptation of a 200-year-old tale made fresh for a 21st-century audience. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In a modern spin on Mansfield Park, Watson's debut blends Austen with a dash of Shakespeare, all in contemporary Chicago. Read full book review >
THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS by Emily Barr
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"An affecting portrayal of living with amnesia and discovering one's own agency. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A white British girl with anterograde amnesia travels to the Arctic to chase after a boy whose kiss has stayed in her memory when nothing else has. 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 >