Teen Book Reviews

Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An unusual, captivating mystery. (Mystery. 12-17)"
Nico was the last person to see her cheerleader sister, Sarah, before she went missing four years ago at the age of 15. Read full book review >
THE GAUNTLET by Eoin Colfer
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Ideal for readers who are breathlessly awaiting the next film in the Marvel superhero franchise. (Adventure. 8-13)"
With no time to assemble the Avengers, Iron Man must save the world solo in this fast-paced adventure novel. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The author asks a chilling question: can another uprooting happen? The short answer: yes. (source notes, suggested resources) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
"On a deeper level, the Second World War was about racism." Read full book review >
IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Formulaic in plot if not in format, this should fit the bill for readers looking for total escape on a weekend afternoon. (Romance. 12-18)"
A young woman revisits her many ex-boyfriends through interviews with her friends and acquaintances in this comedic romance. Read full book review >
LOST IN THE PACIFIC, 1942 by Tod Olson
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A riveting, completely engrossing true survival story. (glossary, author‘s note, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Olson tells the harrowing true story of how eight men in three tiny inflatable rafts, lost in 68 million square miles of shark-infested Pacific Ocean without food or water and near enemy-held territory, survived three weeks before being rescued. Read full book review >

IF I FIX YOU by Abigail Johnson
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A nuanced take on learning to fix yourself rather than fixing others. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A young woman struggles to regain her footing after walking in on her mother and the boy she's loved since childhood. Read full book review >
BLOOD RED SNOW WHITE by Marcus Sedgwick
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"While not one of his best, this nevertheless is trademark Sedgwick envelope-pushing. (author's note, timeline, appendix) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
Sedgwick plays on the fairy-tale motif to spin an intriguing tale that weaves together a famous children's writer and the Russian Revolution. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An engrossing, entertaining history of medicine for those who enjoy it told with a heavy dose of blood and guts. (photos, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
This frequently gruesome history of American medicine, from the Colonial era to the late 1800s, makes a convincing case that the worst thing a sick person could do is seek medical treatment; it could very well be lethal. Read full book review >
ILLUSION by Martina Boone
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A solid ending. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
The conclusion of the magical, Southern Gothic Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. Read full book review >
BALCONY ON THE MOON by Ibtisam Barakat
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A poetic, deeply felt coming-of-age story. (resources) (Memoir. 12 & up)"
This intense memoir paints a dark picture of growing up in Israeli-occupied Palestine, where "we are made to live with no land, no country, no rights, no safety, and no respect for our dignity." Read full book review >
GEMINA by Amie Kaufman
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An action-packed thrill ride and stellar head trip. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Continuing Illuminae's (2015) story, Kaufman and Kristoff explore what went down on Jump Station Heimdall while the spaceship Hypatia was trying to get there. Read full book review >
USELESS BAY by M.J. Beaufrand
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Though a few plot twists strain credulity, at its best this is a taut, suspenseful page-turner in which severed body parts, human and canine, fantastic and real, figure prominently—call it magical realism, horror division. (Magical realism/thriller. 13-18)"
On Whidbey Island, Washington, the Gray teens—tall, blond, white quintuplets—and one smart bloodhound specialize in search and rescue (missing toddlers, lost pets); this time, their neighbor and friend Grant Shepherd, 10, has disappeared, and complications ensue. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >