MADreads for Teens

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
A review of Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

This is the first in a new series of reviews from me on graphic novels! Never read a graphic novel? Perfect! I hope to inspire you to try one out. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol follows—you guessed it—Anya, a Russian immigrant doing her very best to blend in with all the other American teenagers at her school. She’s made a lot of progress by the time we meet her: she’s already “done her time” in ESL, shed her accent, and taken up smoking—and, if she can keep resisting her mother’s ...read more

Reviewed by Lynn - Pinney on
February 21, 2017 | 1 comment
A review of The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The William C Morris Award is granted every year to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. The finalists are usually announced in December, and the list is consistantly spectacular, and a good place to look for some of the best writing in YA Literature. This year the Morris Award went to Jeff Zentner's smart and complex The Serpent King,  the story of three misfits finishing out their senior year in a small southern town. The group is led by Dill, the son ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
January 30, 2017 | 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 Atlanta on Monday.   A list of 2017 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - The Girl Who Drank the Moon written by Kelly ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 23, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly

This truly funny mystery is a sequel to Trouble is a Friend of Mine, and if you haven't read the first, NOTHING is more important than getting your hands on it right away and reading it cover to cover in one sitting. I'll wait. Ok, you guys, Digby is back! Still troubled, still obsessed with finding his sister's abductor, still hilarious, and still unable to leave Zoe alone, Digby rushes back into town and pulls her ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
January 13, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Speed of Life by J. M. Kelly

Amber and Crystal are twin sisters living on the poverty line who are determined to be the first people in their family to graduate from high school. An unexpected pregnancy threatens to derail their plan, but the sisters rally and commit to raising the baby together, taking turns watching their little girl when the other is working, and taking advantage of the school's daycare. Their future is set--getting an apartment away from their gambling addict mother and lethargic stepfather after ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
December 29, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, runs until October 27th, 2016. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is the worldwide ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Solomon is sixteen years old, and he hasn't left his house since he was 13. Ever since he had a majorly public (and still talked about) anxiety attack in middle school, the teen has been content to stay in his house and earn his diploma online, with only his parents and grandmother for company. Enter Lisa-- a former classmate who is eager to infiltrate his happy but private world in order to gather material for a winning college essay she hopes to write. Accompanied by her handsome boyfriend ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
September 21, 2016 | 0 comments
Book Riot's YA Books Radar Every quarter the BookRiot website (a great bookie news site) publishes a list of YA books hitting the shelves soon. Their latest - July-September - just came out a couple weeks ago and I'm still working my way through the extensive list (164 titles). A few that have jumped out for me and will be added to my tbr lists: ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 9, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat by Gary Paulsen

What would happen if six very different middle school kids were still in the building after school and a storm blew through?  Well, Jordan, Devon, Mason, Taylor, Regan and Avery are about to find out.  The RJ Glavine Middle School students are thrown together by a, perhaps too cautious, school order to seek safety - which they find in the school bathroom.   The kids have some fun, telling jokes and making the stuffed cat into a mummy.  But mostly, they talk to each ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
August 5, 2016 | 0 comments