MADreads for Teens

A review of Hidden by Helen Frost

When Wren Abbott was eight years old, a robbery went bad and she huddled in the back of her mom’s stolen minivan, pretending not to breathe. How exactly did she escape? That’s what Darra Monson has always wondered. She was the only person who knew Wren was there and tried to help her and what did Darra get in return? Her life turned upside down and her family torn apart when her dad was carted off to prison. They have never met, but Wren’s and Darra’s shared experiences have profoundly shaped ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
November 17, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Awkward Family Pet Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

Sometimes I have specific "research" needs that are best met for free with a library card.  This research usually involves a novelty book.  These books are not something that I want to buy or receive as a gift to cherish and keep forever, but rather something that I will enjoy immensely for a short amount of time, perhaps for an hour or so.  I love being able to check out books like this with my library card, relish them, and then return them for others to get a kick out of. So, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 16, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

I have a theory that one can judge how entertaining a book is by how bleary-eyed I am in the morning: the more sleep lost to reading or to frightfulness, the better. Using that scale, Maureen Johnson’s latest novel, The Name of the Star, would be an off the charts bestseller. I stayed up far later than my bedtime to devour Johnson’s thriller set in a dangerous, haunted London. Rory ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 15, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

I'm a fan of a lot of the urban and post-apocalyptic fantasy fiction that's been the publishing craze the last couple of years, but every now and then I just want a good, traditional fantasy novel set in another world (one without vampires or wolves). When I read about Rae Carson's debut, I thought it would be just the ticket. Happily I was right.  Princess Lucero-Elisa of Oravalle isn't having a very good day as the book opens. She's about to be married to a man she's never met, Alejandro ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
October 27, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Bake Sale by Sara Varon

The cover of Sara Varon's latest graphic novel tells you all you need to know about what makes a successful relationship. Eggplant and Cupcake are working together to make something delicious and special. Eggplant is in charge of frosting and Cupcake is in charge of the flower detail. Each has their role. And just take a look at that pink Cupcake with the cherry on top - how cute is that? Life is good. But life is not always easy. The pages inside this book are filled with bittersweet scenes of ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 11, 2011 | 0 comments
What to Read While You Wait for the Movie I can't wait for the Hunger Games movie, which now has a release date - March 23, 2012! I'm pretty sad that there aren't any more books in the series, though, so while I'm waiting for the movie, I've been looking for some other scary visions of the future to fill the void. Veronica Roth's debut novel, ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
October 5, 2011 | 5 comments
A review of American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

The Monkey King is tired of his second-class status. Adored by his own subjects, he is snubbed by human deities until he perfects his powers and literally beats them into submission. “I am not a monkey” he proclaims. “I am the Great Sage, Equal of Heaven!” Jin Wang is the only Chinese American student at his school. When Wei-Chen Sun arrives from Taiwan, Jin Wang thinks, “Something made me want to beat him up.” Still, it’s not long before the two boys become best friends. Blond-haired ...read more

Reviewed by Tana on
September 30, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

It's 2083 -- New York City is in shambles, chocolate and caffeine are only available on the black market, and everything from water to hair products are being rationed. For Anya Balanchine, the orphaned mob princess and heiress to the Balanchine Chocolate fortune, it's the way life has always been. But when poisoned chocolate, untrustworthy relatives and a love affair with the Assistant District Attorney's son threaten to tear what's left of her family apart, Anya must make the biggest ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
September 30, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane This graphic novel is set on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe on the first day of summer. Teen-aged sisters M'Rose, Elle, and Célina are ready for some excitement and their day does not disappoint. Each chapter of The Zabime Sisters presents a new adventure for the girls, some more mischievous than others.  The girls fight and bicker as siblings do, gossip about classmates and flirt with boys. They steal mangoes ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 27, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Gwen Shepherd, the heroine of Kerstin Gier’s first-in-a-trilogy Ruby Red, is a normal sixteen-year-old girl, emphasis on normal. Sure, she can see ghosts, but that is nothing compared to Gwen’s cousin Charlotte, who has inherited the family gene for time travel. So while Charlotte is taking fencing lessons and boasts a closet filled with ball gowns and powdered wigs, Gwen is quite ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 19, 2011 | 0 comments