Young Adult Book Reviews (page 5)

THE SPY WITH THE RED BALLOON by Katherine Locke
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Although Locke's (The Girl with the Red Balloon, 2017, etc.) novel has potential, it does not do justice to the complexities of war, the Holocaust, and racial segregation. (Magic realism. 14-18)"
Sixteen-year-old Ilse Klein and her older brother, Wolf, have a secret: They can do magic by writing scientific equations with their blood. Read full book review >
THE LADY'S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY by Mackenzi Lee
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"An empowering and energetic adventure that celebrates friendship between women. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
Felicity Montague fights to take up space in a world that demands she remain invisible. Read full book review >

SHADOW OF THE FOX by Julie Kagawa
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Action-packed adventure. (maps) (Fantasy. 14-18)"
As the time of prophecy draws near, rivals seek the relic that will allow them to call upon the dragon god. Read full book review >
TEEN TRAILBLAZERS by Jennifer Calvert
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"The book's tonal missteps make it an unnecessary addition to an already crowded field. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
This latest addition to the rapidly expanding genre of compilations of biographies of pioneering women focuses on extraordinary teens. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT CANDIDATE by Peter Stone
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"While not pushing the genre into new territory, Stone has crafted a narrative driven by that most potent of fuels: political intrigue. (Political thriller. 14-17)"
During a summer internship, a teenage boy is thrust into the middle of a murderous political game in Stone's thriller debut. Read full book review >

QUEER AS A FIVE-DOLLAR BILL by Lee Wind
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A tapestry of the gay teenage experience—frayed edges repaired with earnest love and care."
A debut YA novel offers a tale of reaching out, conflict, and acceptance. Read full book review >
DRY by Neal Shusterman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Mouths have never run so dry at the idea of thirst. (Thriller. 13-17)"
When a calamitous drought overtakes southern California, a group of teens must struggle to keep their lives and their humanity in this father-son collaboration. Read full book review >
THE DOG by David Paul Kirkpatrick
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A wandering attempt at fiction suffocated with bizarre descriptive language that would baffle any English major. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Somewhere in this book, a much better boy-meets-dog story is struggling to get out. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"This highly readable and vital collection demonstrates the multiplicity of ways that mental health impacts individuals. (resources, contributor bios) (Nonfiction. 13-18)"
A lively, compelling anthology about mental health by over 30 contributors from a variety of backgrounds. Read full book review >
ON A SUNBEAM by Tillie Walden
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"An affirming love story full of intriguing characters and a suspenseful plot. (Science-fiction graphic novel. 13-adult)"
In this graphic novel/space adventure, a young woman discovers her place in a vast universe. Read full book review >
SWING by Kwame Alexander
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Lively, moving, and heartfelt. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Seventeen-year-old Noah struggles with the feelings he has for Sam, a childhood friend, and is encouraged to express himself by an ebullient buddy. Read full book review >
ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES by Charles Darwin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Old news, even to younger audiences, but a glossy edition of one of science's most fundamental works. (index, glossary, print and web resources) (Nonfiction. 13-17)"
The bible of evolution theory—condensed, glossed, furnished with updates, and enlivened with vivid photos and images. 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 >