Young Adult Book Reviews (page 5)

EMPRESS OF ALL SEASONS by Emiko Jean
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A narrative that will engage fans of the genre with a much-needed non-Western setting. (glossary) (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A contest to choose the next empress of Honoku has three characters making decisions that will shape the empire and the fate of an enslaved people. Read full book review >
HIDE WITH ME by Sorboni Banerjee
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A rough cut in need of sharper editing to truly make the facets shine. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Drug cartel violence spills across the border, forever changing the lives of teens in the small town of Tanner, Texas, in Banerjee's debut novel. Read full book review >

IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD by J.A. Henderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A sharply built adventure with engaging characters. (Thriller. 10-14)"
An everyday kid discovers shocking family secrets. Read full book review >
SKYWARD by Brandon Sanderson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Sanderson (Legion, 2018, etc.) plainly had a ball with this nonstop, highflying opener, and readers will too. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
Eager to prove herself, the daughter of a flier disgraced for cowardice hurls herself into fighter pilot training to join a losing war against aliens. Read full book review >
MALLKO & DAD by Gusti
Kirkus Star
by Gusti, illustrated by Gusti, translated by Mara Faye Lethem
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Kids will enjoy meeting Mallko, but Gusti's funny, affectionate portraits of father and son may resonate most with parents and parents-to-be. (Graphic memoir. 9 & up)"
In a mixed-media account that won the BolognaRagazzi Award for Disability, Argentine illustrator Gusti (Half of an Elephant, 2006) relates how he learned to embrace his son's Down syndrome. Read full book review >

CLICK by Alexandra Philips
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Not a deep dive but a starting point for difficult conversations. (Graphic memoir. 10-14)"
Through a graphic medium, a 16-year-old girl recounts her experience with cyberbullying. Read full book review >
ANIMALS GO TO WAR by Connie Goldsmith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2018

"A solid choice for school and public libraries, with special appeal for animal lovers. (source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Throughout history, animals working with humans have played important roles in human warfare. Read full book review >
GIRLS ON THE LINE by Jennie Liu
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2018

"An affecting and original thrill ride highlighting the bond between two friends put in a horrible situation by actual Chinese government policies. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
It is 2009 in the city of Gujiao, China: 16-year-old Luli and 17-year-old Yun, best friends, have aged out of their orphanage and are now enjoying the exhilarating independence of factory work. Read full book review >
THE XY by Virginia Bergin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2018

"A flood plain of a novel: all breadth and no depth. (Science fiction. 14-18) "
In a future United Kingdom, a male-specific virus forces survivors into Sanctuaries, creating Planet Girl; let the battle of the gender stereotypes begin. Read full book review >
THE INFINITE PIECES OF US by Rebekah Crane
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2018

"A compelling narrative about the power of friendship, faith, self-acceptance, and forgiveness. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Esther Ainsworth's family decides to run away from the problems they blame her for by uprooting themselves from Ohio to the New Mexico desert. Read full book review >
SNAKEBITE! by Charles C. Hofer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2018

"A welcome addition to a middle or high school library on a compelling subject. (source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Venomous snakes are part of the ecosystem, but their bites endanger millions of people around the world every year—a global health crisis with a vicious circle of contributing factors. Read full book review >
BORROWED by Lucia DiStefano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2018

"A book full of beautifully written prose that, ultimately, includes a poorly executed resolution. (Fiction. 17-adult)"
One year after surviving a heart transplant, Linnea should be celebrating; instead, she is terrified. 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 >