Young Adult Book Reviews (page 3)

A FEW RED DROPS by Claire Hartfield
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A comprehensive, careful account. (source notes, bibliography, map, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A clash on a hot summer's day served as catalyst for a deadly race riot in 1919 Chicago. Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART by Amanda Hocking
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Though mythologically scattershot, the magical worldbuilding is a boon for an otherwise quick-reading but insubstantial story. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
A Valkyrie uncovers damage to the balance between mortals and immortals. Read full book review >

TOGETHER AT MIDNIGHT by Jennifer Castle
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Feel-good holiday fare. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Two teens take on a challenge to perform meaningful acts of kindness after witnessing an accident on the streets of New York City. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM ALEPPO by N.H. Senzai
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Despite narrative hitches, a valuable introduction to the issues plaguing modern Syria and the costs of war in historically rich locales. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Senzai (Ticket to India, 2015, etc.) tells the story of 14-year-old Nadia's narrow escape from the ancient city of Aleppo in war-torn Syria as she desperately seeks her family, who accidentally left her behind. Read full book review >
AS YOU WISH by Chelsea Sedoti
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Will inspire readers to explore the question: if you could have one wish, what would it be? (Fantasy. 14-18)"
To the casual passer-by, Madison, Nevada, is an ordinary, quiet town in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Read full book review >

CHAINBREAKER by Tara Sim
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Although the story has plenty of ambition and moments of admirably lyrical prose, in the end, it does not fully realize its promising premise. (Steampunk. 14-18)"
In 1876, someone is destroying the clock towers that control India's time. Read full book review >
CHASING KING'S KILLER by James L. Swanson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An important contribution to the understanding of a complex period in United States history that still reverberates today. (Nonfiction. 12-adult)"
Swanson, bestselling author of Chasing Lincoln's Killer (2009), here explores all aspects of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read full book review >
ROOKIE ON LOVE by Tavi Gevinson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A thoughtful, light read celebrating a universal emotion. (Anthology. 12-18)"
Curated from Rookie, an online magazine dedicated to teens and founded in 2011 by a then-15-year-old Gevinson, this anthology offers tales of love from 45 different, diverse voices. Read full book review >
BUSTED by Gina Ciocca
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"Good for a few chuckles. (Fiction. 13-18)"
First, Marisa Palmera spots her best friend's boyfriend making out with another girl. Read full book review >
TYING THE KNOT by Amber J. Keyser
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An up-to-date if not in-depth introduction to a topic that has certainly affected many people's lives throughout the ages. (source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 13-16)"
Royal weddings, a campaign for toilets in India linked to marriage, and trash-the-dress photo shoots (a new U.S. custom) are introduced in this whirlwind tour of courtship, marriage, and divorce. Read full book review >
LIGHTING UP THE BRAIN by Marc Zimmer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An intriguing and informative introduction to the field of neuroscience and the frontiers of modern brain research. (photos, source notes, glossary, bibliography, further information) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
It may soon be possible for neuroscientists to look inside the human brain and see exactly what it is doing thanks to pioneering technology called optogenetics. Read full book review >
TIMETILTER by Sonia Ellis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"A plodding exploration of standard sci-fi tomfoolery. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
A group of teens and a dog enter a virtual world. 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 >