MADreads for Teens

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
A review of Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

Evan Carter has always had a type.  He goes for the girls a little left of normal, the girls who always say yes. And that’s yes to sex, as Evan doesn’t do the girlfriend thing—never a problem, as his father never keeps him in one high school or boarding school long enough to make friends. But one fateful night, Evan picks the wrong girl.  One run in with a furious ex-boyfriend later, and Evan is in a hospital bed, recovering from a ruptured spleen, a broken nose and myriad other ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 6, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Control by Lydia Kang

Control is set in a dystopian future in which America has divided into mega-states with harsh dress codes and moral standards, and laws against extreme genetic mutations-- the kind that make you into a superpower. Any child born with such a mutation is “dealt with,” but some underground groups abduct such kids before the government can intervene and use their mutations to develop commercial products at high profits. Zelia Benton is plunged into this underworld when her father dies suddenly and ...read more

Reviewed by Erinn - Alicia Ashman on
February 3, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

Radley, an American teen who has been doing service work in Haiti, returns home amidst political upheaval: the American president has been assassinated and a rebel party has taken control of the government and imprisoned many dissenters. With no way to reach her parents, no money, and a curfew and travel restrictions in place, Radley must find a way to cross the border into New Hampshire in order to get home. When she reaches her home and does not find her parents, Radley continues her walking ...read more

Reviewed by Laura S on
January 22, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt

There was so much to take in with this oversized graphic novel I decided to read it twice. My final analysis: this is an amazing gem of a book. Hélène is being bullied. Her former friends have shunned her and make nasty jabs about her being overweight and stinky. It is clear from the illustrations and from a later visit to the pediatrician that Hélène is a perfectly normal middle school student who is growing. Her lack of self-esteem is justifiable considering the treatment she is experiencing ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 15, 2014 | 0 comments
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 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