MADreads for Teens

A review of Jefferson's Sons by Kimberly Bradley

Kimberly Bradley, along with almost everyone else who has researched the topic, believe that Thomas Jefferson, former president of the United States and the author of the Declaration of Independence, fathered seven children with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, after his wife Martha past away. The names, ages, and the work that the children did are historically documented, but their feelings and conversations are not. With painstaking detail, Bradley writes the story of what it might have ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
June 8, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of One Moment by Kristina McBride

We all have those thoughts; if only I had left five minutes earlier, if only I'd decided not to go to that concert, if only...For Maggie Reynolds all of her 'if only' regrets focus on the moment her boyfriend Joey was killed in a tragic accident. And in the first days after the death her biggest 'if only' relates to her ability to remember exactly what happened on the top of that cliff. Maggie and her friends have gathered at their favorite secluded swimming spot to celebrate the end of the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 30, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Tempest by Julie Cross

When 19-year-old Jackson Meyer discovers that he can travel through time, he's excited - but not really that excited, because he can't go back in time that far, and whatever he does in the past seems to have no bearing on the present. Since he can't use it to stop wars or even win the lottery, his new talent is really more of a parlor trick, though it's one that he keeps secret from everyone except his best friend Adam, a young genius who is determined to discover the limits of Jackson ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
May 9, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

I love graphic novels like this. The main character, Maggie, is an excellent protagonist. She's starting high school after being homeschooled and is nervous about fitting in. She's independent and smart and a bit of a wreck because her mom just took off. Her dad is the Chief of Police and she's a little self-conscious about that. And, oh yeah, she can see ghosts. The story is set in what is described as a small city on the East Coast. It seems kind of big and cool, though. There are museums and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 3, 2012 | 0 comments
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A review of Pure by Julianna Baggott

Yes, dystopian fiction is everywhere. From teen fiction like The Hunger Games and Divergent to more literary fare like Super Sad True Love Story and ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 23, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Lucky for Good by Susan Patron

Hard Pan, California, is well named. While this hardscrabble desert town doesn’t have an airport, hotel or even 50 residents, it does have the Found Object Wind Chime Museum and Visitor Center and folks drive for hours to eat the weekend specials at Brigitte’s Hard Pan Café. Lucky Trimble loves Hard Pan—she loves that the rocky landscape is home to the many creatures she studies, and she loves the other 42 inhabitants of Hard Pan almost as much as she loves her adopted mother, Brigitte. But ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 13, 2012 | 0 comments
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A review of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Some books are difficult for me to review because I don't want to give too much away as I write. And some are difficult because I want to do a good book justice. Code Name Verity fits both instances. It is a WWII novel that has been described with adjectives like wrenching, beautiful, harrowing, intelligent. All of them apply. As the book opens 'Verity' begins to tell her story. She's a young British woman captured behind enemy lines by the Gestapo. At the point her tale begins ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 10, 2012 | 4 comments
A review of There is no Dog by Meg Rosoff

Sometimes it seems like there's no order to the universe, that everything happens according to the whim of some higher power who just doesn't listen. In Meg Rosoff's latest novel, There is No Dog, this is quite true. All the creatures on Earth have been created by God, but not the God most of us would like to believe in: this God is a hormonal teenage boy with a crush on an unassuming zookeeper ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
March 28, 2012 | 0 comments
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Time Line of Dystopian Fiction So I ran across a cool infographic about dystopian fiction (part of which you can see to the right) and followed it back to a cool blog post by Patrick who blogs for Goodreads. With Hunger Games about to break box-office records he thought it'd be a good time to look at ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 22, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman

I was prepared to really like this book. No, I was prepared to really LOVE this book. The pairing of Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) and Maira Kalman in a YA break-up book? Amazing! The concept of the book - genius!  High school junior Min Green writes a letter to her ex-boyfriend Ed Slaterton explaining how the remnants in their "relationship box" show why they broke up. The items in the box are illustrated by Maira Kalman and begin each chapter. There are many items, many awesome ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 21, 2012 | 3 comments