Young Adult Book Reviews (page 7)

SILENT DAYS, SILENT DREAMS by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With sensitive text and powerful illustrations, Say brings this remarkable, inspiring life to poignant reality. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-15)"
An imagined biography in words and pictures of the self-taught white artist James Castle. Read full book review >
PIPER by Jay Asher
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Neither illuminating nor truly inclusive. (Graphic fantasy. 12-17)"
Asher collaborates with Freeburg and Stokely for a new take on the mysterious medieval tale of the "Pied Piper of Hamelin." Read full book review >

YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Inspiring and hopeful if not easy. (author's note, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The long and troubled history of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and its place in three of the major religions of the world is told in all its complicated glory. Read full book review >
US KIDS KNOW by JJ Strong
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A gripping, tragic debut novel that will fascinate and trouble sophisticated teen readers. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Siblings Ray and Brielle are enthralled when they encounter older, daring misfit Cullen, who attends the same private Catholic school as Ray. Read full book review >
CALLING MY NAME by Liara Tamani
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Stylish prose brings home quiet depths. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An African-American girl living in Houston, Texas, with her close-knit family—parents, younger sister, and older brother—grows from flat-chested preadolescent to a young woman about to go to college. Read full book review >

OUT OF TUNE by Norah McClintock
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A solid whodunit. (Mystery. 11-15)"
A musical prodigy, Alicia, goes missing and turns up murdered in this latest Riley Donovan mystery from prolific McClintock. Read full book review >
THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE by Cynthia Hand
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A spirited tale, indeed. (Fiction. 13-17)"
A spunky, modern take on A Christmas Carol. Read full book review >
THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION by Khizr  Khan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An optimistic picture of our progress toward promoting a more perfect union, with an essential tool kit for every current or prospective citizen. (index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
An immigrant's-eye view of the Constitution's importance, featuring a transcription of the document into simpler, modern language. Read full book review >
BRIGHT BLOOD by Aariel  Portera
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Some strong moments, but a formulaic romance and untethered timeline mar the novel."
In this YAfantasy/historical romance, an aristocratic young woman is in danger from demonic figures. Read full book review >
KISKA by John Smelcer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2017

"A look at an obscure but important part of United States history. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1942, 14-year-old protagonist Kiska Baranoff's island world turns upside down after Japan attacks Alaska. Read full book review >
DREADMARROW THIEF by Marjory  Kaptanoglu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 23, 2017

"A novel that celebrates life and love the way only the best fantasy tales can."
In this YA fantasy debut, a magically powered teenager battles a ruling wizard on behalf of her parents. Read full book review >
EVIL AWAKENED by J. M. LeDuc
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 2017

"A well-crafted novel hampered by a reliance on troubling stereotypes."
A teenage girl does battle with a demon from the spirit realm in LeDuc's (Cursed Presence,2015, etc.) 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 >