Young Adult Book Reviews (page 5)

DIET FOR A CHANGING CLIMATE by Christy Mihaly
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"An optimistic introduction for those who want to 'take a bite out of climate change.' (source notes, glossary, bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Providing sobering facts about our challenged planet, this book encourages young readers to rethink their food sources. Read full book review >
THE KALEIDOSCOPE SISTERS by Ronnie K. Stephens
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Simultaneously odd and intriguing. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
As Quinn fights to save her dying sister, their realistic struggles blend with fantasy and speculative fiction in this series opener. Read full book review >

JUST JULIAN by Markus Harwood-Jones
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Imperfect yet earnest works celebrating love in all forms for reluctant teen readers. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Boy meets boy and falls in love in this angst-y modern reworking of Romeo and Juliet set in Winnipeg. Read full book review >
CAREY PRICE by Catherine Rondina
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"An inspiring story, especially for hockey fans—and not just for reluctant teen readers. (glossary, career highlights, index) (Biography. 12-18)"
While playing hockey on backyard rinks in Anahim Lake, British Columbia, as a boy, Carey Price (Ulkatcho and Nuxalk) was readying himself to become a champion NHL player. Read full book review >
SCREAM SITE by Justina Ireland
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"This mystery shines as a foray into modern investigative journalism. (Mystery. 12-15)"
An aspiring journalist investigates a local horror website. Read full book review >

CYBER NATION by Kathryn Hulick
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Although accessibly written, the content is too broad and lacking in context to be useful. (photos, sources notes, resource list, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
This compact, stand-alone title unsuccessfully attempts to explain how digital technologies have radically transformed all facets of society. Read full book review >
EVERY LITTLE BAD IDEA by Caitie McKay
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"An appealing choice. (Verse novel. 12-16)"
A sheltered teen encounters first love in this novel in verse for reluctant readers. Read full book review >
GUN VIOLENCE AND MASS SHOOTINGS by Bradley Steffens
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"The text, though accessible and informative, is uninspiring and not particularly engaging. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
This title examines types of gun violence in America and presents historical, cultural, legal, and political perspectives on the issue. Read full book review >
THE SAME BLOOD by M. Azmitia
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"An examination of Latinx identity, family bonds, mental health, suicide, grief, and guilt that will hopefully spark much-needed dialogue. Necessary. (Verse novel. 14-18)"
Puerto Rican teen Elena grapples with guilt about her twin sister Mel's suicide in this novel in verse for reluctant teen readers. Read full book review >
EXTREME LONGEVITY by Karen Latchana Kenney
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"An intriguing look at some of world's oldest organisms and the scientists who study them. (timeline, source notes, glossary, bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Immortality may still be the stuff of legend for humans, but it's a real possibility for a jellyfish native to the Mediterranean Sea. Read full book review >
LIVING IN NORTH KOREA by John Allen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Timely and accessible, this will be a useful addition to school and public libraries. (source notes, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The struggle to survive in North Korea is surveyed in this overview of that secretive country currently in the news. Read full book review >
HEART OF THORNS by Bree Barton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 31, 2018

"This winsome debut novel goes down like a vegan, gluten-free cupcake: sweet and good for you but entirely lacking in satisfying decadence. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
A high-fantasy adventure with a spiritedly feminist point of view. 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 >