Teen Book Reviews

Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Whopping good suspense in the netherworld. (Horror. 12-18)"
This sequel to Thirteen Days of Midnight (2015) follows Luke Manchett, who inherited a Host of powerful ghosts from his father and can't seem to get out of the necromancy business. Read full book review >
GHOSTLY ECHOES by William Ritter
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A somber turn for the supernatural sleuth and levelheaded assistant but still energetic and entertainingly offbeat. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)"
Past actions and futuristic inventions haunt people in this sequel. Read full book review >

SCAVENGER OF SOULS by Joshua David Bellin
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A satisfying if uneven conclusion. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 13-18)"
All secrets are unearthed in this fight-for-survival post-apocalyptic duology closer to Survival Colony 9 (2014). Read full book review >
NOT AS WE KNOW IT by Tom Avery
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Engagingly, this short, fine effort set in the early 1980s compassionately whispers a message of hope. (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Twins Jamie and Ned have always explored their seaside world together, but now Ned is dying of cystic fibrosis, and Jamie has to learn how to forge ahead without him. Read full book review >
UNSCRIPTED JOSS BYRD by Lygia Day Peñaflor
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Engaging behind-the-scenes look at a lonely young Hollywood star's tragedies and triumphs. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A critically acclaimed child actor struggles with her insecurities, a fame-hungry momager, and a demanding director. Read full book review >

100 DAYS by Nicole McInnes
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A tender, often funny tale, this story's heartbreaking ending packs no less of a punch even though readers are prepared for it. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Three misfits whose friendship fell apart in the sixth grade rediscover their bond in high school. Read full book review >
POISONED BLADE by Kate Elliott
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"At once nuanced and thrilling—a worthy sequel. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Jes runs the game of Fives for ruthless Lord Gargaron, the Patron responsible for tearing her family apart; her winnings support her mother and sisters in hiding—but at the price of beating Kal, whom she loves. Read full book review >
VICARIOUS by Paula Stokes
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"An ambitious sci-fi mystery that falls just short of great. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
A Korean-American girl's sister is mysteriously murdered. Read full book review >
PICTURE THIS by Molly Bang
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A must-have book for anyone wanting to learn or teach about art elements and principles and their connections to (picture book) art and visual perception. (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
A revised and expanded 25th-anniversary edition of Bang's go-to text about visual perception, or "how pictures work," delivers sublime design and picture-book-art commentary for readers and artists alike. Read full book review >
Angel Rock Leap by Ellen Weisberg
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"A unique voice emerges from an unlikely heroine in this quickly paced coming-of-age story."
What at first appears to be an overblown high school drama proves to be an astute look at the painful connection between low self-esteem and bullying. Read full book review >
THE EDGE OF THE LIGHT by Elizabeth George
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Unresolved situations, especially Becca's missing mother, leave the door open for at least one more entry in the Whidbey Island saga. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)"
The fourth entry in the bestselling mystery author's series for teens continues the story of a group of young people living on Whidbey Island in Washington state. Read full book review >
Inspiration by Douglas Pershing
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Tight, cliffhanging YA fiction studded with demigods and moral dilemmas."
A menagerie of supernatural forces fights for humanity's spiritual standing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >