MADreads for Teens

A review of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

I'm not super into dragons and I probably never will be. But Clay Jannon, the new clerk at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore in San Francisco, was obsessed with them in 6th grade and developed his most enduring relationship because of them. Clay and his best friend Neel bonded over the "The Dragon-Song Chronicles" and have remained tight ever since. "The Dragon-Song Chronicles" are referenced over and over again and ultimately help solve the puzzle that is this book, but you do not need to know ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 5, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

"Chopsticks" pretty much sums it up for me, with Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" coming in a close second. There's something about the repetitiveness of "Chopsticks" that echoes lunacy. When I realized that Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral's unusual teen mad romance utilizes this waltz to demonstrate how the main character, a piano prodigy, is careening off course, I immediately understood. No more words required. The name of this instantly recognizable tune conveys the message loud and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 27, 2012 | 2 comments
A review of The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

No one writes a fairy tale like Margo Lanagan. Her first novel, Tender Morsels, was one of my favorite books of 2008, and her story collections Red Spikes, Black Juice, and ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
November 19, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Eucalyptus Middle School is putting on the old-fashioned musical "Moon over Mississippi" and seventh grader Callie is working on the stage crew. She's a boy crazy drama geek with purple hair and a love for all things theater. She's super excited about painting sets and building a pretend cannon for the show and the cast and crew is friendly and encouraging.  Callie's a happy kid with a good group of friends and a lot of positive adult support, but she's got one big problem: she's boy crazy ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 12, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Because it Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin's fantastic novel All These Things I've Done told the story of Anya Balanchine, heiress to the Balanchine chocolate empire and mob princess, who falls in love with the Assistant District Attorney's son in a Romeo and Juliet style romance. In Because it Is My Blood, we meet up with Anya after she's released from prison and follow her on another fantastic series of events full of ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
October 19, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Team Human by Justine Larbalestier

If you can't take one more second of the whole Team Edward/Team Jacob debate, in fact, even if you hate vampire stories -- this is one vampire story you're sure to love. Mel is not a huge fan of vampires, but her best friend, Cathy, is in love with everything old and dead. This hasn't been a very big problem in their friendship, until a vampire shows up in their local history class and Cathy falls head over heels in love. Throw in a missing father, his distraught family, and a human raised by ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
September 28, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

I get excited about New York City, anyway, but some authors really know how to work it. Rebecca Stead's Newbery Medal-winning book When You Reach Me primarily takes place on Manhattan's Upper West Side. What a surprising book that is. It melds mystery and time travel and living in Manhattan in the 1970s with perfection. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.  Stead's new book takes us to a different ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 24, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I think I've found my favorite book of the summer, now that autumn is in the air. I've read some very good ones, but the only book that has made me actually laugh out loud is Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Semple was a writer for one of my favorite TV shows of all time, Arrested Development, (which will be back for ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
September 17, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

It's been a while since I've read something so good I found myself staying up late into the night, repeating "just one more page and I'll go to bed," but Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris is really that good. Janelle Tenner is about to start her junior year of high school when she's hit by a truck and dies. For a minute, that is. As she sees the light, she feels herself being brought back from the dead and finds herself in the arms of a school mate--the tall, dark and mysterious Ben Michaels. As ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
September 7, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Between Two Ends by David Ward

Sure, it's fun to get lost in a good book for a few hours, but what if you had to stay there forever? Could you survive the blistering sands, talking tigers and the armed palace guards of The Arabian Nights? Yeats knows that something unsettling happened in his Gran's old house years ago, even if no one else will talk about it. But when his very presence puts events in motion, Yeats must rely on his wits and his heart to lead him through an adventure that will redeem or destroy his ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
August 3, 2012 | 0 comments