MADreads for Teens

A review of The Giver by Lois Lowry

It’s December again, and while every December brings a sense of anticipation in the community. But for nearly-twelve-year-old Jonas, this December is especially important. This is his Ceremony of Twelve, the ceremony in which he’ll learn what his Assignment is, the path that he is to follow for the rest of his life. In Lois Lowry’s 1993 masterpiece The Giver, Jonas has lived a happy existence in the sheltered unrelentingly same community. He attends school, abides by the set schedule ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 13, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks

Just look at this book cover! So bright and thought provoking!  This commendable book features three groundbreaking women scientists, all recruited by the famous anthropologist Louis Leakey to study primates. The lives of the women overlap periodically but their research is distinctive and geographically disparate. In addition to the stories of how the scientists met Leakey and got started with their research, this graphic novel illustrates what it was like living in the field - the ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 6, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Keeping the Castle by Patricia Kindl

Seventeen-year-old Althea Crawley needs to marry well. And by well, I mean rich. Her family home, Crawley Castle is falling apart and her family's only hope is that Althea's good looks will nab her a wealthy husband. The problem is that the men of Lesser Hoo (in Yorkshire) are not living up to their end of the bargain. And her sometimes outspoken behaivor doesn't help. After accidentally revealing her true feelings to her latest beau, that she loves him because he's rich, Althea laments "There ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
December 19, 2013 | 0 comments
Book cover of Boxers and Saints
A review of Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang

The companion graphic novels Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang are making many of the "best of" lists for 2013 and just topped the ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 16, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Witches of East End by Melissa De la Cruz

I was watching the series pilot of ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 21, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles is the ongoing saga of a teen cyborg and Lunar royal named Princess Celine (Cinder) and her band of fairytale warriors. This second installment in the series introduces us to Scarlet Benoit, a Little Red Riding Hood character whose grand-mère was integral in saving the young Princess Celine from certain death and aided in her cyborg conversion.  The novel starts out with Cinder breaking out of prison and aiding and abetting the escape of a convicted thief ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 14, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Counting By Sevens by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Willow Chance isn't like most twelve-year-olds. She is a genius who prefers to wear her gardening gear everywhere, spends copious amounts of time amongst her plants, and counts by sevens to calm herself down. Still, despite her eccentricities, Willow is happy. That is, until her parents are killed in an accident, and Willow must find a new place for herself in the world. With tenderness and humor, Holly Goldberg Sloan crafts a truly beautiful story about friendship, love, grief, and the ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
October 11, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Zits: Chillax by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

Oh, the joy and insanity of being a teenager. This novel follows the teenage hero Jeremy and his best amigo Hector (from the comic strip Zits) as they plan and attend their first ever rock concert. Surrounding this once-in-a-lifetime trip are some pretty angsty circumstances: their other friend’s mom has cancer. Their trip becomes a mission FOR TIM. Since their friend can’t go to the concert because he’s donating bone marrow for his mom, Jeremy and Hector are prepared to do anything to ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
September 30, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Day of Tears by Julius Lester

Based on the largest slave auction in American history, Day of Tears is steeled in the realities of slavery. Through the quiet reflections of the slaves sold and unsold, the masters and mistresses encountered, and the bystanders who watch and react, Julius Lester spins a heart-wrenching tale of families torn and the urge to find solace in a world shattered by one simple word: "sold." Written in the format of a play, this book is easy to read but also conveys emotion that draws upon the ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
August 23, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

I hate the phrase, "Pretty is as pretty does."  It's dangerous territory when looks and behavior are correlated, right? I am a big fan of the Golden Rule in terms of ideology; that just seems like a better way to conduct oneself. But life's not fair. I know this. And I understand that there are certain perks that go along with how one looks, dresses, and behaves above and beyond how you treat others. Paul Rudnick's modern day fairytale Gorgeous takes on "The Ugly Duckling" AND " ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 21, 2013 | 0 comments