Young Adult Book Reviews (page 2)

BEING FISHKILL by Ruth  Lehrer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Abuse is eclipsed by love in this moving novel. (Fiction. 14-18) "
Born in the back seat of a car and named for a road sign, Carmel Fishkill's first 12 years of life are filled with neglect and abuse. Read full book review >
GETTING THE BRUSH OFF  by Mere Joyce
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A feel-good story with a tidy, happy ending. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In Halifax Harbour a 16-year-old girl with snow-cone-blue hair and a lip ring performs ballet to punk rock while she paints for the passing public. Read full book review >

KIDS LIKE US by Hilary  Reyl
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A charming teen debut. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Sixteen-year-old Martin Dubois navigates family, friendships, and neurotypical attitudes in Reyl's teen romance. Read full book review >
THE BIG LIE by Julie Mayhew
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Readers who know their World War II history and enjoy extremely unreliable narrators will find great satisfaction in puzzling out the truth behind the horrors Jess leaves unspoken. (Alternate history. 15-adult)"
Jessika is an upstanding schoolgirl in the English countryside of the Greater German Reich. Read full book review >
RUNEBINDER by Alex R. Kahler
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Byzantine worldbuilding and high levels of gore plus a muddy plot equal reader dissatisfaction. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
Another post-apocalyptic world gone mad. Read full book review >

FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST by Megan Miranda
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Primarily for thriller fans who can't get enough of the genre. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Sorting through memories becomes sifting through secrets. Read full book review >
IMPACT! by Elizabeth Rusch
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Lavishly illustrated with Anderson's photographs, this wide-ranging sample of asteroid science presumes quite a bit of previous knowledge but will reward the enthusiast. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In space and on Earth, scientists study asteroids in hopes of avoiding a disaster like the one that befell the dinosaurs. Read full book review >
LIFE ON SURTSEY by Loree Griffin Burns
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An amazing science adventure well worth the trip. (glossary, further information resources, source notes, bibliography, acknowledgements, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Visit a nearly pristine world with an entomologist who's studied this new island almost since its birth in 1963. Read full book review >
DEVILS WITHIN by S.F. Henson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 9, 2017

"Especially for white readers, a timely and informative book. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Henson's debut novel sheds a light on white supremacy and other cloaked forms of racism. Read full book review >
ROSEMARKED by Livia Blackburne
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A dark tale filled with tension and secrets and lightened by two brave companions. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Two young people fight oppression against the backdrop of plague. Read full book review >
EIGHT DAYS ON PLANET EARTH by Cat Jordan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Shoots for the stars; doesn't quite make it. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A white teenage boy must decide if the strange girl he's falling for is an extraterrestrial in this sophomore effort by the author of The Leaving Season (2016). Read full book review >
I NEVER by Laura  Hopper
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"This steamy and delightfully explicit exploration of teen sex and emotional growth begs to be passed from friend to friend under cover of the cafeteria table. (Romance. 14-18)"
A heterosexual teen girl experiences the ups and downs of first love and first sex. 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 >