MADreads for Teens

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
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