MADreads for Teens

A review of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapien's Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old Simon knows he'll eventually come out to his family and friends, but for now he's happy to live a drama-free life, keeping the private business of his sexual orientation between himself and Blue, the anonymous but increasingly flirtatious boy he's been chatting with online. This plan is blown to pieces when the wrong pair of eyes falls on an email he wrote to Blue, throwing Simon into the exact swarm of high school politics that he's been so careful to avoid. Simon must decide ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
January 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Nobody believed that the beautiful and mysterious Roza was going to stay in the sleepy town of Bone Gap for long,  so no one was surprised when she disappeared as quickly as she arrived. Finn O'Sullivan was the last person to see her, and while his love-struck older brother will never forgive him letting Roza leave, Finn knows that she didn't leave willingly. She was taken. Snatched. By a terrifying man whose face Finn can't remember. The more he tries to hold onto his memories, the ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
January 13, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of ALA Youth Media Awards The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exibits in Boston on Monday.   A list of 2016 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 12, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The rest of us just live here by Patrick Ness

Typical themes in young adult fiction - zombies, vampires, teens “beautifully dying of cancer,” and alien invasion - are all fair game for raucously being pulled apart and made fun of in this novel. Narrator Mikey distinguishes his group of friends from the “indie kids,” attractive young people with cool haircuts and vintage clothing who always seem to be the heroes of stories, exemplifying great bravery and courage just in time to save the world. But what about everyone else? Everyone else ...read more

Reviewed by Janice - Meadowridge on
December 18, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

“Rashad is absent again today.” This is the line that will stick with you, in your mind and in your gut, after reading All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. The story is told from two perspectives: Rashad and Quinn. Both high school boys, one Black and one White. The first chapter, in which Rashad is assaulted by a police officer, is explicit and powerful. We see and feel what happened. Quinn sees it too, and the novel takes us through the following week as the boys, ...read more

Reviewed by Kelly - Meadowridge on
December 9, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson

Are you looking for a gentle scare? This is a darling book full of zombies and werewolves and inhabitants of the netherworld. The cupcake eating vampire and bat-shaped pig-tails on the cover assure the reader of this!  We are first introduced to Princess Decomposia, an overworked, neglected Princess quietly and competently overseeing the Underground Kingdom while her paranoid and hypochondriac bedbound father, the King, harasses all of his staff. The King refuses to eat anything but broth ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 7, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Need by Joelle Charbonneau

Looking to extend your Wisconsin Book Festival experience? Look no further than the Sequoya Library on Tuesday November 17 at 6:30pm, where we'll be hosting YA author Joelle Charbonneau, author of the acclaimed Testing Triology, and brand new teen thriller, Need. Kaylee needs something, and the whole school knows what it is. Her single-minded obsession with finding ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
November 11, 2015 | 0 comments
Wisconsin Book Festival The Wisconsin Book Festival is almost here! Among the many exciting authors and events, we’re welcoming a handful of authors that have written books for teens, about teens, or books teens would love! Time Salvager- Alex award winner Wesley Chu talks about his new sci fi novel about a rogue time traveler that has broken one too many rules. 10/23/15- 5:30pm The Bubbler at Madison Public Library James is a ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
October 22, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Lord Ballister Blackheart is the villain. Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin is the hero. Both attend the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics until Lord Blackheart loses a limb in an accident and is considered to be of no use to the Institution. Cast out and disillusioned, Blackheart falls to a life of crime and super knavery, in constant competition and battle with Goldenloin. Or maybe not? We are introduced to Blackheart when spunky shape-shifter Nimona shows up at his crime lab offering to ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 15, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly is a story of a girl with no one besides her father, a scientist that created her for a greater purpose, who she adores and tries to please above all else. For there's something special about Kymera- she is a perfect combination of human, bird, cat and snake. As the reader experiences Kymera's expanding understanding of the world, there's a growing sense of unease that things aren't what she's been led to believe. Kymera is isolated from the ...read more

Reviewed by Carrie on
October 6, 2015 | 0 comments