Young Adult Book Reviews

IRON RIVER by Daniel Acosta
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A dense story with rich associative leaps, the novel will prompt discussions about race, class, sexuality, and gender. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Haunted by nightmares and the dangers of life in a Los Angeles barrio, Manuel Maldonado Jr.'s courageous testimony forever changes his community. Read full book review >
SEA PRAYER by Khaled Hosseini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Powerful. (Picture book. 10-adult)"
A poignant letter written by a fearful Syrian father to his son on the eve of a treacherous sea crossing to Europe. Read full book review >

THE GOOD DEMON by Jimmy Cajoleas
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Eerie and compelling. Fast track it to the top of the TBR pile. (Horror. 13-adult)
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Not all demons are bad. Are they? Read full book review >
JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"This is required reading, embracing the ideals that 'we all need mercy, we all need justice, and—perhaps—we all need some measure of unmerited grace.' (notes, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
"Each of us is more than the worst thing we've ever done," proclaims Stevenson's adaptation for younger audiences of his 2014 New York Times bestseller, a deeply moving collage of true stories dedicated to transforming the U.S. criminal justice system. Read full book review >
THE UNWANTED by Don Brown
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A moving chronicle of a real humanitarian tragedy. (maps, author's note, source notes, bibliography) (Graphic nonfiction. 14-adult)"
The collective tale of Syrian refugees' attempt to escape the horrors of their country's civil war in search of a better tomorrow. Read full book review >

THE GRAND ESCAPE by Neal Bascomb
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A fine escapade related with proper drama and likely to be news even to well-read young historians. (maps, sources, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
Allied prisoners of war stage a series of intrepid escapes from German captors in this young readers' version of a true story from World War I. Read full book review >
STRANGE GRACE by Tessa Gratton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Horrifying, heartbreaking, and heartwarming, a lush fairy tale rooted in a moral quandary. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
When the needs of the many require the deaths of a few, three friends defy tradition. Read full book review >
WILDCARD by Marie Lu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A fast, intense, phenomenal read. (Science fiction. 13-adult)"
The fate of free will hangs in the balance as Emika must choose a side in this sequel to Warcross (2017). Read full book review >
A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD by Deb Caletti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A timely novel with strong secondary characters that emphasizes the complexities of the heart and doing what is right. (Fiction. 14-adult) "
Annabelle Agnelli runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., in an attempt to outrun a traumatizing incident that occurred less than a year earlier. Read full book review >
UNBROKEN by Marieke Nijkamp
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"For intersectional representations of disabled kids leading complex lives—sometimes painful, sometimes funny, never sentimentally inspirational—a vital collection. (Anthology. 13-17)"
Thirteen realistic, fantasy, and science-fiction stories starring disabled teenagers. Read full book review >
CHECK, PLEASE! by Ngozi Ukazu
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A fun and deeply satisfying read for teens. (Graphic novel. 14-18)"
A pie-baking hockey player from small-town Georgia begins college and settles into jock culture. Read full book review >
FLAWED by Andrea Dorfman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"Bold, funny, and brimming with emotional intelligence: a charming debut. (Graphic memoir. 12-adult)"
Illustrated lessons in self-acceptance. 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 >