Young Adult Book Reviews

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 24, 2018

"A rousing saga and moving coming-of-age tale, perfect for those who appreciate the wild and the wildlings, strong female protagonists, and cinematic battles. (Historical fantasy. 14-adult)"
A warrior must ally with her enemies in this vivid debut. Read full book review >
BOOTS ON THE GROUND by Elizabeth Partridge
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"A valuable complement to existing nonfiction about the Vietnam War for young people, adding an intimate dimension to the larger history. (bibliography, source notes, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A personal, moving foray into the Vietnam War and its impact on the country and individuals whose lives it forever changed. Read full book review >

FOR EVERY ONE by Jason Reynolds
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"Inspirational reading for any occasion. (Poetry. 12-adult)"
A poem provides hope and reassurance to teens as they try to make sense of their own dreams for the future. Read full book review >
GIVEN TO THE EARTH by Mindy McGinnis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"The distinct perspectives shine, and the harsh-yet-hopeful conclusion ensures this duology doesn't succumb to the tired trope of happily-ever-after, making this a worthwhile read. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
The end of the world is nigh, and the characters from Given to the Sea (2017) must decide how to meet it. Read full book review >
LIZZIE by Dawn Ius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"Startling, visceral, and heartbreaking. (author's note) (Fiction. 15-adult)"
The story of Lizzie Borden, creatively reimagined and set in the 21st century. Read full book review >

PICTURE US IN THE LIGHT by Kelly Loy Gilbert
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"Exquisite, heartbreaking, unforgettable—and, ultimately, uplifting. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Family, art, love, duty, and longing collide in this painfully beautiful paean to the universal human need for connection. Read full book review >
CRASH by Marc Favreau
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"A dynamic read deserving of a wide audience. (source notes, bibliography, selected primary sources, timeline, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Spanning the 1930s, this narrative follows the downturn of the U.S. stock market—which pivoted the country into the Great Depression—and accounts for the leaders (women and men) and historic events that contributed to its crash. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ (AND THE BEST BURGER IN LOS ANGELES) by Amy Spalding
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"Funny, full of heart, and refreshingly free of a weight-loss arc. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Working at her favorite boutique and falling in love, a girl enjoys a lush Los Angeles summer—until things become complicated. Read full book review >
AUTONOMOUS by Andy Marino
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 3, 2018

"A high-tech, twisted Breakfast Club for the social media age. (Science fiction. 15-adult)"
A self-driving car plugged into its teenage passengers' electronic footprints takes them on a road trip based on what it thinks they want. Read full book review >
FLIGHT by Jae Waller
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"An intricately lush and well-crafted new fantasy that deserves (and demands) a sequel. (glossary, timeline, maps) (Fantasy. 15-adult)"
In Waller's stunning debut, a young woman is forced to choose between love and duty. Read full book review >
MUNMUN by Jesse Andrews
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"Brilliant, savage, hilarious, a riveting journey through a harsh world that mirrors our own. (Dystopian fantasy. 12-17)"
In a world where wealth—the titular munmun—determines physical size and people range from littlepoor (rat-small) to bigrich (10 stories tall), three tiny teens set out to scale up; a wild ride ensues. Read full book review >
TORTOT, THE COLD FISH WHO LOST HIS WORLD AND FOUND HIS HEART by Benny Lindelauf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"An irreverent fable that tells a timeless tale of war, friendship, and the redemptive power of love. (Fiction. 10-adult)"
An unlikely hero finds his humanity in this beautifully translated Dutch import. 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 >