MADreads for Teens

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 - Central 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 - Central 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
A review of The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

I escaped January in Wisconsin by tagging along with Carter and Sadie Kane, the heroes of Rick Riordan’s awesome Kane Chronicles (The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire). These chapter books are pretty thick, but, like the Percy Jackson books, they are action-packed with death- ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
March 16, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

I love fairy tales and I love outer space, so picking up Anna Sheehan's debut novel A Long, Long Sleep was a no-brainer for me.  In this fantastic reinterpretation of the story of Sleeping Beauty, we meet (biologically) 16-year-old Rose Fitzroy, who has been awoken from a long, long sleep by a kiss. It isn't a terribly romantic kiss, though, and she doesn't find herself in a magnificent four-poster bed in a picturesque castle - instead, she's resuscitated from a chemically induced ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
March 13, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

There are a fair amount of people on the earth who have not had the pleasure of reading a John Green novel. I really and truly feel bad for them. Still, free choice being what it is, it’s fine if people choose to shuffle off this mortal coil without reading one of his books, but I am firmly of the belief that were one to choose to invest a day or so in reading a John Green novel, life would be richer and there would be, as Green might put it, a little less suck in the world.  Hazel, the ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 6, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of The Girl Behind the Glass by Jane Kelley

Crafting a ghost story for kids can be tough. Too scary, and parents will be ripping it out of their child's hands for fear of nightmares. Not scary enough, and kids won't be interested. Jane Kelley, however, gets it just right in her novel The Girl Behind the Glass. Told in a lyrical style reminiscent of Kathi Appelt's The Underneath, the ghostly narrator is thrilled when twins ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
March 2, 2012 | 0 comments
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