MADreads for Teens

A review of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

There's a widespread phenomenon among fourth grade girls that I like to call "horse fever." It's not contagious, but it's rampant and for some, all-consuming. Now, I understand that not all girls love horses or obsessively read horse books in fourth grade. Some get started as early as second or third grade and keep going well into their teens. And I know that horse fever is not limited to just girls, because I inherited horse fever from my father. He had a full set of Marguerite Henry's ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 29, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard

This at-times excruciatingly keen novel starts out with the unnamed narrator and her best friend Felicia babysitting for a wild tribe of six children, a tarantula, a python, a rat snake, a bunch of white mice, and an elderly dog for seventy-five cents an hour in order to earn money for new school clothes. The oldest boy sets the house on fire and the fourteen-year-old babysitters can't decide whether they should call the fire department, their mothers or both. They decide that whatever they do ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 23, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Legend by Marie Lu

What happens when the most perfect military prodigy sets her sights on capturing the most wanted criminal in The Republic (and they are both 15-year-olds and super hot)? I'll tell you what happens: a book you cannot put down. Legend by Marie Lu takes place in a future Los Angeles that is flooded, poverty stricken and divided into Sectors based on the results of military trials. The elite citizens of The Republic (those that did well on the trials) live in relative comfort while the ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 17, 2012 | 2 comments
A review of Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

The summer of 1962 has just begun, but for Jack Gantos, it’s already over. Caught messing around with his dad’s souvenir Japanese rifle, Jack is grounded for the entire summer, or possibly his life, depending on the mood of his parents. In the slowly dying town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, there doesn’t seem to be the prospect of much happening, so Jack doesn’t mind when his mother hires him out to help eccentric neighbor Miss Volker with a mysterious project. But rather than the tedious round the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
February 13, 2012 | 2 comments
A review of Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap and illustrated by Mari Araki

Nor did I study Sartre in college, even though I did take Introduction to Philosophy! Ha.  Seriously, though, my high school wasn't bad. I was able to take electives in courses like Russian History and Great Books, but the high school in this new graphic novel is a step beyond beyond. Tina M. attends Yarborough Academy where the students study the great philosophers and stage Kurosowa's Rashomon for the spring ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 2, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Lost in Time by Melissa De la Cruz

For those of you who aren't totally over the vampire craze, there is one fantastic vamp series that is still in full swing. The Blue Bloods series, by Melissa De la Cruz, is Gossip Girl meets Twilight. The latest novel, Lost in Time tells three different, yet connected stories. Schuyler and Jack Force continue their quest to save the world in Egypt and are forced to put their love to the test. Mimi Force, meanwhile, must literally travel to Hell and back to ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
January 27, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

You're likely quite familiar with at least one story about a girl who gets swept up by the wind from her Midwestern home into another world that desperately needs her help, but I hope you'll make room for another.  September, the 12-year-old girl who circumnavigates Fairyland in Catherynne M. Valente's beautiful story The Girl Who Circumnavigates Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, definitely holds some similarities to Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, but once the Green ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
January 18, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Recently I read a review of Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn which is a futuristic take on the classic novel Jane Eyre. I'd read this book years ago but reading the review reminded me of why it's never been my ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
January 10, 2012 | 2 comments
A review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Karou is a blue-haired, tattoo-covered teenage art student in Prague. This alone is probably enough to make her interesting, but add to that the fact that she's an orphan who has been raised by chimaera - namely a gruff part man-part beast named Brimstone who makes a living collecting teeth - and things start to get weird. Karou is used to having her days interrupted by Kishmish, a part crow/part bat who sends her on errands for Brimstone, but when the portals that she uses to travel quickly ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
December 28, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Red Glass by Laura Resau

From Caitlin, a Teen's Choice Book Reviewer: I really liked Red Glass, and I recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting and funny story. This book has good, believable dialogue and many commonly stereotyped characters that defy stereotypes, such as Sophie's great aunt Dika and Angel. I also liked how the book was about more than illegal immigration from Mexico and really was about family, love, dealing with loss and death, and forgiveness. It was easy to read, funny (it made me ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
December 23, 2011 | 0 comments