Young Adult Book Reviews (page 6)

WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY by Nancy Richardson Fischer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"The topic of animal conservation almost overwhelms the emphasis on mental health, but Lily's path is worth exploring. (author's note, resources) (Fiction. 14-18)"
Lily's schizophrenic mother almost threw her off a roof when she was 7. Read full book review >
THE OPPOSITE OF INNOCENT by Sonya Sones
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A quick moving and emotionally charged but ultimately underdeveloped novel that explores an important subject. (Verse novel. 14-18)"
A young woman is sexually abused by a close family friend in this latest novel in verse from veteran poet Sones (Saving Red, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

IGNITE THE STARS by Maura Milan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Fast-paced and gripping—a stellar opening to a new sci-fi adventure series focused on social justice. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
A 17-year-old girl is the universe's most wanted criminal in Milan's exhilarating debut. Read full book review >
KISS ME IN PARIS by Catherine Rider
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Rider (Kiss Me in New York, 2017) does it again—another quick and merry read for rom-com lovers. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Two bickering young people roam the City of Love together. Read full book review >
SADIE by Courtney Summers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A riveting tour de force. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Sadie is seeking her sister's killer; months later, podcast producer West McCray seeks to learn why Sadie abandoned her car and vanished. Read full book review >

TEN AFTER CLOSING by Jessica Bayliss
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Leaves much to be desired. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Two Connecticut teens find themselves in a hostage situation when three armed men come in one night to rob the cafe where Scott works and where Winny has stopped by to see him. Read full book review >
HOLE IN THE MIDDLE by Kendra Fortmeyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"An empowering, timely feminist read about bodily autonomy and one young woman's fight to keep control of hers. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Most teens feel like they're missing something, but 17-year-old Morgan was born with a literal hole through her abdomen. Read full book review >
NEVERTHELESS, WE PERSISTED by Amy Klobuchar
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"An unflinchingly honest book that should be required reading for every young person in America. (biographies, discussion questions, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
This compelling collection from 48 activists, including athletes, actors, authors, politicians, entrepreneurs, and musicians, is a powerful journalistic tour de force. Read full book review >
THE 48 by Donna Hosie
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A fast-paced, well-researched, clever tale of loyalty, torture, and the power of persistence. (author's note) (Science fiction. 14-18)"
Those who don't learn history are doomed to repeat it, but what about those who learn history for the sake of changing it? Read full book review >
BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A worthy piece of work that superbly and empathetically tells a heartbreaking tale. (afterword, references, resources) (Fiction. 14-adult)"
The unnamed young Nigerian narrator of this novel, with a loving family and academic aspirations, is kidnapped by Boko Haram along with many other girls and women from her village. Read full book review >
A ROOM AWAY FROM THE WOLVES by Nova Ren Suma
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"So nuanced it requires a second reading. (Suspense. 12-adult)"
A young woman leaves home in search of a refuge where she can reinvent herself but discovers she can't escape the past. Read full book review >
NOT EVEN BONES by Rebecca Schaeffer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A slasher flick spliced with Crime and Punishment, this engrossing debut novel asks complex philosophical questions in a pleasingly hard-to-stomach way. (Fantasy. 15-adult)"
An adolescent, yet Nietzschean, examination of humanity and horror. 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 >