Teen Book Reviews

THE RAVEN GOD by Alane Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A fast-paced, satisfying capper to a trilogy that's sure to enchant fans of adventure-driven fantasy."
Sam and his brave friends must rally to defend Orkney in the final installment of Adams' (The Red Sun, 2015, etc.) YAfantasy series.Read full book review >
BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS by Meg Kassel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A pleasingly original contribution to the paranormal-romance genre."
A teenage girl discovers what happens when the new boy next door is literally a harbinger of doom in this supernatural YA novel. Read full book review >

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED  by Gregory Scott  Katsoulis
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A fresh and detailed dystopian tale that will capture and make demands upon the attention of its readers, as the genre should, with a conclusion that sets readers up for the sequel. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
A nightmarish future is imagined in this science-fiction offering from a debut author. Read full book review >
STARSWEPT by Mary Fan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"The beginning of an elegant, spirited rebellion saga."
Fan (The Adventures of the Silicon Beeches, 2017, etc.) begins a new YA sci-fi series in which an alien civilization patronizes performing arts prodigies on Earth.Read full book review >
THE RATTLED BONES by S.M.  Parker
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"History and mystery meld beautifully in this ghost story with depth. (author's note, sources) (Paranormal suspense. 14-18)"
A ghost plagues a native Mainer as she struggles to unearth the tragic secrets of the spirit's demise. Read full book review >

GIRLS WHO CODE by Reshma Saujani
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An encouraging supplementary resource for young coders. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
A guide to get girls into coding, written by Saujani, the founder of the Girls Who Code organization, with Hutt's assistance. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF THE ELEMENTS by Vrinda Sheth
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A satisfying installment of a YA adaptation of an ancient Indian epic."
Sheth (Shadows of the Sun Dynasty, 2016, etc.) focuses on the exploits of Rama in this second volume of the Sita's Fire Trilogy.Read full book review >
LITTLE & LION by Brandy Colbert
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Readers will empathize with Suzette as she explores both her sexuality and the tricky line between honesty and betrayal. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Sixteen-year-old Suzette was sent to boarding school when her bookish older brother, Lionel, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but now she's back in Los Angeles for the summer. Read full book review >
TRASHING THE PLANET by Stuart A. Kallen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"We have met the enemy and it is us. But unless humans go extinct and nature goes her healing ways alone, we are the solution, a message grimly driven home. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
A taut overview of humans' environmentally shameful impact on the face of the Earth—plus its subsurface and supersurface. Read full book review >
THESE THINGS I'VE DONE by Rebecca Phillips
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"The novel also shines a light on more typical high school dramas—a secret crush on a friend's boyfriend, overbearing parents—and readers can't help but sympathize. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Dara becomes a pariah after accidentally killing her best friend, but she earns the trust of the one person she thought would never talk to her again. Read full book review >
SOLO  by Kwame Alexander
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A contemporary hero's journey, brilliantly told. (Verse fiction. 14-adult)"
The 17-year-old son of a troubled rock star is determined to find his own way in life and love. Read full book review >
WE NOW RETURN TO REGULAR LIFE by Martin Wilson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A fast-paced yet complex and heart-rending read. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A traumatized abductee returns to his family after having been missing for three years. 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 >