MADreads for Teens

A review of Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Here comes Raina in a new young adult graphic novel that explores her complicated relationship with her younger sister, Amara. The family is headed on a cross-country trip through the mountains from California to Colorado for a family reunion. The home environment is tense, the travelling is fraught with chaos and the final destination is disappointing. Raina and Amara have been at odds since day one, but must band together to face certain crises on this trip. The girls are not exactly best ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 1, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You has a little something for everyone. A coming of age story a la Sarah Dessen, a mysterious letter which leads to a beautiful girl, a hardworking protagonist who is already on her way to becoming a Hollywood set designer, and of course, romance. Emi is spending her last summer before college living in her brother’s apartment while he is away. His only instruction was to do something epic in it. Emi’s not quite sure what that means, but ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
September 26, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth

There was a ripple in the world of teen librarianship recently, with the news that a school district in Delaware was considering a challenge to its summer reading list for incoming high school freshmen. The title in question, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, was one that I hadn’t heard of, although the reasons for the challenge (foul language, unsuited to age group) are ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 10, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Bluford High: Someone to Love Me by Anne Schraff

Some high school students do all they can to avoid their parents. But not Bluford High freshman Cindy Gibson. She's desperate for her mother's attention and affection, but those seem to be reserved for mom's gold-chained boyfriend, Raffie. Cindy and Raffie don't get along-- perhaps Raffie is kind to Cindy's mother off-stage-- but when he's with Cindy, he's downright cruel, alternating between ignoring her and calling her "ugly mugly".  Cindy's self-esteem is at an all-time low when Bobby ...read more

Reviewed by Laura on
August 27, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

This outstanding graphic novel is a 2014 Notable Children's Book from The American Library Association. It truly is notable in terms of disseminating factual information in the most attractive and appealing way possible. As the title suggests, this book is about the Dust Bowl or "The Dirty Thirties," when black dirt blew up and rained down on America's Great Plains devastating the land, farms, homes, humans and creatures in its ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 7, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Check out one of our 2014 Teen's Choice books! Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. Her best friend is a mermaid, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only one who can see through glamours of the many paranormals on the earth. But now Evie’s dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies, and the paranormals are dying. White adds more than a dash of humor in this novel, where Evie is the only one who can protect the paranormals from ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 11, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Cute Girl Network by Greg Means

Jack and Jane meet cute when Jane falls off her skateboard and hurts her coccyx. Jack works at a soup stand near where Jane falls and offers her a cold bottle of ice tea to soothe her injury. Awwww! Isn't that sweet?  Their romance starts off with some nice dates and Jack and Jane seem destined for awesome couple hood. That is, until one of Jane's friends sees Jack and Jane together and fills her in on the Network - a text/cell/web chain of single women in the Portland-like city where the ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 24, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Jinx. Little Jinx Grows Up. by J. Torres

Reading Archie Comics was a huge part of my childhood summers and I'm still a loyal fan. What a delight it was for me to discover that the Archie character Li'l Jinx was being reintroduced as a modern-day high school student! Jinx was a precocious kid introduced in 1947 with a red dress, yellow pigtails, a love for Little League and an ever-present dad. Now a teen, Jinx wears a red shirt, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

The world has gone to hell. The environment has collapsed, as has the economy. World-wide, all governments have fallen to the martial law of the Reestablishment, which is run by a single Supreme Commander. The globe is divided into numbered sectors, each with a ruthless leader, all resources are seized, all citizens mercilessly catalogued and controlled.  At the same time, the changes in the environment have caused super-human adaptations, and a set of gifted people and their families have ...read more

Reviewed by Erinn - Alicia Ashman on
June 9, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This is a guest review by Sylvan Bachhuber, age 14, written for the Simpson Street Free PressSylvan has also created a book trailer which can be seen on the Library's Bubbler page.** Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a novel by Benjamin Alire ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 17, 2014 | 0 comments