MADreads for Teens

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
A review of Who is AC? by Hope Larson and Tintin Pantoja

All of Hope Larson's books feature strong female characters, dreamy/magical elements and cool artwork. Her latest graphic novel is somewhat different from her previous works, Gray Horses, Chiggers, and Mercury in that it's about a teenage superhero and illustrated by ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 9, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

It’s that time of year again, and I’m reading as many books as I can to find the lucky ten titles that will serve as the summer’s Teen’s Choice review books. This year’s list will include the cross-over kid’s/teen’s non-fiction title that has swept up so many awards that it is fairly dripping with medals. Yes, Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin. National Book Award Finalist, Sibert Award for best children’s non-fiction, Best Non- ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
May 3, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Pivot Point by Kasie West

At a school where the football team uses telekinesis to keep balls aloft and other students can manipulate mass to walk through walls, Addie Coleman doesn't think her ability to search the possible outcomes of her choices is terribly glamorous, since she can only see her own future, and only when she faces a specific choice. Still, it's a pretty handy power, and it's one that is particularly useful as she faces the biggest decision of her life so far: which parent she wants to live with after ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 29, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

It takes a pretty spectacular writer to combine vampires, love at first sight, and reincarnation in a teen novel and still come up with something fresh and original, but that's exactly what Marcus Sedgwick has done in his new book, Midwinterblood. This collection of seven linked stories begins in the year 2073, when loner journalist Eric Seven is sent to investigate a colony on the remote northern Blessed Island, where the inhabitants are rumored to have discovered an elixir of ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 9, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Diviners by Libba Bray

The latest offering from supernatural master, Libba Bray, is sure to thrill fans of her last series. Set in 1920s New York, The Diviners follows seventeen year old Evie O’Neill who has been banished from her hometown in Ohio after a party trick has unintended consequences. Evie, a quintessential flapper, is thrilled with the arrangement, planning her days around shopping and movies and her nights around glamorous speakeasies. The only drawback is living with her uncle, the stuffy ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
March 22, 2013 | 0 comments
Novels to the Screen (big and small) Shelley Diaz of School Library Journal has compiled a nice list of teen (and kids) books that are coming to the screens in your neighborhood. The first to jump out at me is the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's The Host. I'm curious about this ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
March 21, 2013 | 1 comment
A review of Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

It's been a while since I've read a rave-worthy young adult novel. But lately I've hit the bonanza with several titles hitting on all notes. Some of the hits aren't yet published so I'll leave those for a future post, but one of them is out and available and I'm thrilled that I can tell you about it. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger is set in the same ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
March 12, 2013 | 0 comments