MADreads for Teens

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
A review of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A lot of years I'd be hard pressed to pick my "best" read. Though I can talk about books until the cows come home and I will rave about this one or that one if you ask, I always have a hard time with ranking them. Which is ironic given the fact that I love to peruse "best" lists and pass them on to all of you. This year I actually have an answer if anyone asks. Sort of. There are actually three books vying for the top spot. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
August 14, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

I quite liked this book. A lot of it, I think, has to do with how the author does things in the book, rather than what she does. This book uses plenty of classic fantasy tropes -- the long-lost prince, the plucky orphan thief, evil scheming noblemen -- but uses them creatively and pulls them off with style. I guessed the main plot twist early on, but rather than annoy me, I think it added to the fun to look for supporting evidence as I read along. The smaller schemes and plots ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
August 2, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Lizzie Newton: Victorian Mysteries by Hey-jin Jeon

I am a dedicated fan of Libba Bray. I love her books, I love her writing, I love her style. If I lived in Brooklyn, we'd totally be friends. Her Gemma Doyle Victorian mystery series is a masterful tribute to feminism and the trappings of the Victorian era and I was sad to see it end. What I really like about the Gemma Doyle character is that she's involved in solving mysteries and traveling to other-world realms but is still fully ensconced in Victorian mores and values. I've started Gail ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 22, 2013 | 2 comments
A review of Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks

This is a perfect summer graphic novel for tweens and up. I would have devoured this book when I was twelve and totally hooked on Archie Comics. GenX me pretty much devoured it, now, so the plot holds up, even for a wide range of readers.   Nate Harding and Charlie Nolan are neighbors and secret best friends. Nate is an easygoing jock and captain of the basketball team who has recently been dumped by the head cheerleader. Charlie is a nerd ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 24, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

It's 1871 in Wisconsin, and Georgie's life is looking pretty good. Her family's store is doing well and she's in line to run it one day, her sister is being courted by the wealthiest man in town, and her mother and grandfather are in good health and spirits. But when Georgie tells someone something she shouldn't, it all seems to fall apart. Her sister, Agatha, runs away, and one week later, the sheriff comes to town with what everyone assumes is Agatha's body. Determined to uncover the truth, ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
June 14, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Just Behave Pablo Picasso by Jonah Winter

If you are looking for a book that reinforces following your heart, this is it. Pablo Picasso has a natural ability for painting, and people love his “rose-colored paintings.” He makes a very good living painting them. However, he is bored to tears and doesn’t care about making a living, he longs to paint something different. After viewing an art exhibit featuring African masks, he begins painting in an abstract manner and creates his famous painting,“Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon.” It is so ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
May 17, 2013 | 0 comments