MADreads for Teens

A review of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

A new kid is always the main attention for a while. But there is something different about Stargirl when she comes to Mica Area High School. First off is her style. It’s very different from everyone and varies from long dresses to shorter outfits. And she has a pet rat. Not your stereotypical girl. Then her personality kicks in. She sings happy birthday to everyone, looks out for everyone, cheers for everyone. But the kids don’t like it. They do their best to make it miserable for her. This is ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
June 23, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

While gushing about this book to people (and I do gush, you will too), I always end up quoting the blurbs on the back of the book, because they sum things up so perfectly. What could I say that is more convincing than, "..the John Hughes of queer 18th century adventure novels"? Or, "Filled with highwaymen, pirates, and heartpounding exploits of a romantic nature, this is the summer road trip novel you've been waiting for"?  IT'S ALL TRUE. Monty sets out for his grand tour of the ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
June 20, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Alex, Approximatley by Jenn Bennett

Cute, cute. This book is a perfect poolside/sandy-beach/lazing-on-your-friend's-back-patio-when-you're-supposed-to-be-mowing-the-lawn read. Is it too early for that? In my case, it was a first-nice-week-of-spring-thrilled-to-have-the-windows-open-what-do-mean-my-dishes-are-piled-up-there-is-a-BREEZE-through-my-CURTAINS-and-these-fictional-teenagers-are-in-LOVE read.  Quick, sweet, and delightfully non-taxing, this YA homage to Norah Ephron's You've Got Mail, tells the story of two ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
May 18, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic journey of the Donner Party by Skila Brown

You know what is really horrifying? THE DONNER PARTY. Good heavens. History has distilled this story down to one grotesque detail (spoiler alert: cannibalism) (VERY RELUCTANT cannibalism, but still), but what you may have forgotten is the long journey across country on foot that led up to it. Or the harsh conditions on that final stretch. Or the weeks of slow starvation. Or how close to their desination they were when they got so hopelessly snowbound and lost.  To Stay Alive is a ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
May 3, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Dear Ijeawele, or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines feminism as the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. How does the author of We Should All Be Feminists respond when a friend asks her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist? She shares 15 real, thought-provoking, and practical suggestions about how to live a feminist life including: ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 4, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Being an immigrant can be challenging but Jasmine managed to forget that - until she found out her family was in the U. S. illegally. Her dreams about college and careers are shattered. She needs to find a way so that her family can stay. This is a great story about a teenager who falls in love but also has problems with her family and future. It is full of stuff that could very much happen in real life, and being told in first person really aids to the understanding of the story. The reader ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
March 31, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Ada and her brother face a lot of issues. They have their mean, selfish mother to worry about and the violent and scary war. Even though the war is awful, it ends up saving their lives. This book leaves you wondering what will happen next at the flip of every page. Read this wonderful and exciting book to enjoy all of Ada’s adventures. -- Eva B., guest reviewer and Girl Scout ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
March 28, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

In Amsterdam, in 1943, Hanneke spends her days delivering illicit goods for her black market boss.  She’s learned that practicality must sometimes override morality during war.  When a client asks her to find the Jewish teenager she had been hiding, Hanneke doesn’t want to get involved, but guilt over her boyfriend’s death compels her to help.  Teaming up with her boyfriend’s brother, she sets out find the girl, eventually becoming involved in the Dutch resistance.  The ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
March 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

This is a stunning Art Deco version of Snow White set in Manhattan during the Great Depression.  It.  Is.  Gorgeous. The graphic novel opens with Snow and her mother frolicking in Central Park.  The mother collapses and the reader sees blood in the snow.  Snow's mother never recovers, leaving the young girl and her father heartbroken and bereft.  We witness the subsequent marriage of Snow's wealthy and widowed father to a Ziegfeld girl and Snow packing for ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 16, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman

Sheets of paper, thin as onion skin or glossy with vibrant color, hiding and revealing secrets,  binding lives in the pursuit of peace, elusive as the milk of birds.    Told in alternating letters between girls in Richmond, Virginia and Darfur, South Sudan, The Milk of Birds is a realistic portrayal of refugee experience in a war-torn environment and is recommended for mature teen readers and adults. And for a true example of teens changing their lives through letters, read ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
February 24, 2017 | 0 comments