MADreads for Teens

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 more

Reviewed by Carrie on
October 6, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Door in the Hedge and In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Robin McKinley and Cat Winters

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from October 7-21, 2015, and for the first time ever, the Big Library Read will include two titles: The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley and In the Shadow of Blackbirds more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger

"In a machine age, dressmaking is one of the last refuges of the human, the personal, the inimitable." -- Christian Dior This graphic novel is gorgeous. Truly gorgeous. Girl in Dior is the fictional narrative of a young fashion chronicler named Clara Nohant and how she covers the premiere show of the brand new fashion house of Christian Dior on February 12, 1947. Clara becomes a muse and model for Dior and over the next decade travels the world and is exposed to the rich, the more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 24, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

The book The Walled City by Ryan Graudin, is a dark and gripping story based loosely on the real Kowloon Walled City that used to exist (until 1994) in Hong Kong, China. This city was the densest settlement on the planet, boasting 33,000 people trying to live in the space of one city block. This led to some interesting developments: buildings were stacked on top of each other over and over again, the Triad gangs controlled dens of prostitution and gambling, and citizens more

Reviewed by Carrie on
September 21, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Lumberjanes. Vol. 1, Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Five of the baddest, raddest Lumberjane scouts attend Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hardcore lady-types. These girls are ready for adventure and there is much to be found in the woods surrounding Miss Quinzella's. Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are prepared to earn their badges for the usual activities like boating, knot tying, and archery. What they are faced with instead are sea monsters, zombies, yetis and secret caves. Each Lumberjane is easily more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 31, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Willowdean is pretty comfortable in her own skin. A self-described fat girl in a small town Texas, she’s got a job that’s tolerable, a great best friend, a gorgeous guy who kinda might be sorta interested in her and a long hot summer ahead of her. Unfortunately, summer is also when Clover City gears up for its second-most obsessive event—the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant--and Willowdean’s mother (winner in ’97) is fully immersed in the sequin-strewn spectacle. It will be the first summer that more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 4, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of The Notorious Pagan Jones by Nina Berry

It’s 1961, and Pagan Jones-- already a Hollywood bombshell at age 16--is sitting in solitary confinement after an attempted escape from the juvenile detention facility she’s found herself in. Heavy guilt over causing the death of her sister and father weighs on her constantly, her career is in shambles, her boyfriend hasn’t spoken to her in months, and she’s in even bigger trouble than she was in when she arrived at the Lighthouse Reformatory for Wayward Girls. Things are looking pretty grim.In more

Reviewed by Beth on
July 24, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Wow. This is a book to think and talk about.  Greg Gaines is a middle-of-the-road high school kid and wannabe film maker. His friend Rachel has leukemia. Greg hasn't spent any time with Rachel since Hebrew School when they were in junior high, but their moms have decided that the two should hang out because Greg makes Rachel laugh and laughter is good medicine. Greg reluctantly agrees and soon he and Rachel are spending almost every afternoon together and starting to meet up at school for more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 14, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

In this teen graphic novel, Rose Wallace and her parents spend another summer with her family at Awago Beach, a small, sleepy resort town “where beer goes on trees and everyone can sleep in until eleven.” However, her parents can’t seem to stop fighting, and a personal conflict between some of the local teens piques Rose’s interest. When Rose’s dad leaves to “get some space,” and Rose discovers a painful family secret, her world falls apart. Fortunately, Rose’s long time friend Windy is there, more

Reviewed by Janice - Meadowridge on
July 10, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Bee and Puppycat. Volume 1 by Natasha Allegri

This graphic novel is a collection of the first four Bee and Puppycat comic books created by Natashi Allegri. The comics are based on a Cartoon Hangover animated series on YouTube. Each episode is a little over 6 minutes long and it's all adorable, adorable, adorable. If you are not familiar with kawaii - this is it. It's the phenomenon of cuteness in Japanese culture and Bee and Puppycat more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 30, 2015 | 0 comments