MADreads for Teens

A review of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This is a guest review by John Crim, age 14, written for the Simpson Street Free Press. John has also created a book trailer which can be seen on the Library's Bubbler page.** Eleanor and Park, written by Rainbow Rowell, is filled with romance and suspense. It is about a boy named Park, who is a simple boring guy, and Eleanor ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 15, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon

This is a guest review by Aubrianna Willard-lee, age 14, written for the Simpson Street Free Press. Aubrianna has also created a book trailer which can be seen on the Library's Bubbler page.** The book Fire in the Streets is a work of historical fiction that explores the Black Panthers movement. The Black Panthers Party was a political ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 14, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

Brandon Stanton has been taking street photographs of New Yorkers since 2010 and featuring them on Facebook, Tumblr and his blog, Humans of New York (HONY). He has more than four million social media followers and his blog is updated daily with portraits, quotes and short stories from the people he meets.  400 of ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 5, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Noggin by John Whaley Corey

I have been waiting for a new book from John Corey Whaley since finishing his beautiful debut novel, Where Things Come Back, in 2011. It’s finally here! and it’s called Noggin. Noggin tells the story of Travis who is dying of cancer and has his head cryogenically preserved. Five years later, scientists attach it to a new body to bring him back to life. He’s not a zombie, he’s not ...read more

Reviewed by Laura S on
April 29, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Reboot by Amy Tintura

The snow has finally melted and I am up to my chinny-chin-chin in teen books to consider for this summer's Teen's Choice Review books. Here's a sneak peek at two of the contenders for this year. Reboot, by Amy Tintera is the first book about the undead I've ever read. After I got past a teen zombie getting knifed in the head (and therefore, effectively killed), the book just sort of ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
April 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Freshman year of college is bad enough. But for Cath, freshman year has brought on an unparalleled amount of anxiety. Between her twin sister becoming a person she doesn’t know, to a completely-bewildering roommate and her roommate's charming -- and cute! -- boyfriend, as well as worrying about her manic father and her estranged mother, her freshman year has more obstacles than she knows how to handle.Her only escape is the magical world of Simon Snow, an eight-book saga that is awaiting its ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
April 11, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Little Fish: A Memoir From a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer

Not everyone likes to write lists. But I like to write lists. And Ramsey Beyer likes to write lists. That's why I like Ramsey Beyer's book about leaving a small rural community in Michigan and starting her first year at art school in Baltimore. Ramsey shares the lists she creates about everything related to everything: what she's going to do, how she's going to act, what she needs, her favorite things and on and on. Once she gets to school and gets settled in she makes lists of who she's met, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 25, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

Laurel’s mother and grandmother both died in Hurricane Katrina, and Laurel doesn't want to deal with her pain. She has left behind her father and younger brother and ends up on the streets using the highly addictive drug, meth. Along the way we meet Moses, an artist that has taken it upon himself to paint murals of teens that have lost their battle with meth. Needless to say, he is always painting murals. He knows Laurel and is sure that he will soon be painting a picture of her. Fortunately ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
March 14, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The War within These Walls by Aline Sax and Caryl Strzelecki and A Bag of Marbles by Joseph Joffo, Kris, and Vincent Bailly

It's been more than 20 years since the graphic novel and Holocaust memoir Maus was published and more than 30 years since its first chapter appeared in the comics anthology Raw. Since that time, general readership and library collections of graphic novels have ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 4, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

If you have gobbled down the old fairy tales like lemon cookies,If you have several hours to spare,And you are not afraid,Listen, if you will, to the tale of the ancient ghost.It is time to make the strange journey to Far Far AwayAnd the darkness is closer than you think. ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
February 7, 2014 | 0 comments