Young Adult Book Reviews (page 8)

THE REACTION by Helena Coggan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 20, 2017

"Poor pacing and flawed logic lead to a disappointing sequel. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
In a post-magical-apocalypse London, a teenage soldier with a secret monster-transformation problem hopes she can rescue her father without incriminating herself. Read full book review >
CANARY CLUB  by Sherry D. Ficklin
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 19, 2017

"Ambitious but doesn't quite deliver. (Historical romance. 14-adult)"
In a slight twist on a well-trod theme, can a good boy change a bad girl? Read full book review >

THE BOOK OF DUST by Philip Pullman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 19, 2017

"Magisterial storytelling will sweep readers along; the cast is as vividly drawn as ever; and big themes running beneath the surface invite profound responses and reflection. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Pullman's return to the realms of His Dark Materials moves the timeline back to Lyra's infancy with a tale of young people struggling against outsized forces of both nature and evil. Read full book review >
LIKE WATER by Rebecca Podos
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A worthwhile addition to collections of contemporary romance with depth. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When Savannah Espinoza's dad was diagnosed with Huntington's disease three years ago, her small-town New Mexico life went stagnant. Read full book review >
SCION OF THE FOX by S.M. Beiko
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A smart, complex, animal-based fantasy. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A Winnipeg teenager discovers her magical heritage—and that she's marked for death. Read full book review >

LONG WAY DOWN by Jason Reynolds
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"This astonishing book will generate much needed discussion. (Verse fiction. 12-adult)"
After 15-year-old Will sees his older brother, Shawn, gunned down on the streets, he sets out to do the expected: the rules dictate no crying, no snitching, and revenge. Read full book review >
MUNRO VS. THE COYOTE by Darren Groth
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Characters that will steal readers' hearts with their humor and resilience, smooth writing, and a satisfying and hopeful ending make this a book to enjoy both emotionally and critically. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Groth, a former special education teacher, introduces readers to a sympathetic main character who is trying to move through trauma and to a sparkling supporting cast that gives voice to disability. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An outstanding book that links the diversity of creed and the impact of impulsive actions to themes of tolerance and forgiveness. (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
In the fall of 2013, on a bus ride home, a young man sets another student on fire. Read full book review >
MONSTER by Michael Grant
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A bombastic, engaging start to a sequel series full of potential. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
The Gone series continues. Read full book review >
LAST CHANCE by Gregg Hurwitz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Predictable and plot-driven. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 12-18)"
After an alien invasion, the survival of humanity depends on teenage brothers. Read full book review >
THE SIDEKICKS by Will  Kostakis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A curious premise dashed by thin characters and a one-note tone. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Three Australian teens deal with the fallout of their friend's death. Read full book review >
ZEN PENCILS by Gavin Aung Than
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"It's well-intended, and these are mostly words of wisdom, but the artwork inspires more than the words, which, if timeless, can still feel musty. (Graphic nonfiction. 10-18)"
It's hard to imagine Calvin Coolidge and the practice of Zen joining forces, but Than gives it the old-school try. 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 >