Teen Book Reviews

Released: March 28, 2017

"Captivating, powerful, and thought-provoking. (cast of characters, timeline, authors' note, sources, notes, bibliography, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 13 & up)"
This multilayered biography vividly introduces photographers Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, setting their careers in the context of the Spanish Civil War, the run-up to World War II, and the birth of modern photojournalism. Read full book review >
HONESTLY BEN by Bill Konigsberg
Released: March 28, 2017

"A fresh, insightful, inspiring take on what it means to come out. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Not your average boarding school drama. Read full book review >

THINGS I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN by Claire LaZebnik
Released: March 28, 2017

"An eye-opening look at autism and those it touches. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The complexities of Chloe's love life intertwine with her autistic sister's. Read full book review >
JUST A GIRL by Carrie Mesrobian
Released: March 28, 2017

"An authentic, smart read for older teens. (Fiction. 14-18) "
A high school senior whose mother has given her an ultimatum that she must leave home immediately after graduation struggles to decide what she will do next. Read full book review >
BULL by David Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Irresistible, slick, and sharp (no bull!)—with plenty of bull to dissect. (cast of characters, author's notes) (Verse fiction. 14 & up)"
A saucy, brash retelling of the Greek myth of the Minotaur. Read full book review >

OVERTURNED by Lamar Giles
Released: March 28, 2017

"An utterly compelling whodunit. (Mystery. 14-18)"
A fast-paced mystery uncovers a truth hidden by the bright lights of Las Vegas. Read full book review >
SOPHIE SOMEONE by Hayley Long
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"A creative and memorable story about secrets, lies, and moving on. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
Sophie Nieuwenleven has lived in Belgium for most of her life; now 14, she's beginning to wonder about the odd things her parents say when they're fighting, not to mention certain hazy and mysterious childhood memories that don't add up. Read full book review >
STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 28, 2017

"Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A young man and woman dream amid violence's aftermath in this intense series opener. Read full book review >
A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 28, 2017

"With a happily-ever-after reminiscent of beloved fairy tales, this is a great pick for voracious readers who like their bejeweled princesses to have hard edges. (glossary) (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Set in the same Indian-inflected fantasy world as The Star-Touched Queen (2016), Chokshi's sophomore effort examines fear, desire, and ambition as three protagonists compete in the Tournament of Wishes. Read full book review >
JUST FLY AWAY by Andrew McCarthy
Released: March 28, 2017

"A poignant, character-driven coming-of-age novel that, despite a too-tidy ending, will appeal broadly to teen readers. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Fifteen-year-old Lucy's world is rocked when her father confesses to her and her sister that they have a half brother, the result of a brief affair. Read full book review >
RADIO SILENCE by Alice Oseman
Released: March 28, 2017

"A smart, timely outing. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Two teens connect through a mysterious podcast in this sophomore effort by British author Oseman (Solitaire, 2015). Read full book review >
NEMESIS by Brendan Reichs
Released: March 21, 2017

"Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel. (Thriller. 12-16)"
Reichs follows up his Virals series (co-written with his mother, Kathy Reichs) with a new series about imminent human extinction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >