MADreads for Teens

A review of Sway by Katarina M. Spears

Sway (aka Jesse Alderman) is a high school senior with a lot of power. As I was reading this book I could not believe what he was involved in. When the principal asks Sway to get rid of a student (by setting him up for expulsion) Sway stashes drugs in the kid’s locker and the kid is gone. Sway buys drugs from some scary characters; saying he will do anything for cash. Sway and his accomplices beat a man to a pulp after the man rubs up against Sway’s close friend Joey (Josephine.) The man just ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
October 24, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Scavengers by Michael Perry

When I went to a recent Michael Perry event I wasn’t planning to buy his new book, The Scavengers, because it’s a kids’ book. But after a few passages read aloud in Perry’s signature down-home-wisdom style, I was hooked. So I bought** the book and devoured it in about two sittings, forgetting very quickly that it was even supposed to be a kids’ book (don’t worry, it’s ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
October 15, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from October 13–28, 2014.  The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 13, 2014 | 0 comments
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