MADreads for Teens

A review of The Backstagers by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh, Walter Baiamonte, Jim Campbell, and Veronica Fish

Have you felt enchanted when experiencing live theater? I have! This new graphic novel series explores the weird and wild magic that happens behind the scenes of high school theater productions. Jory is a new student at St. Genesius looking for an after-school activity. He stumbles into the backstage crew on accident and immediately finds a place in their ranks. They are a welcoming and motley bunch working the lights, sound, sets and costumes and they have a secret. There's a hidden world more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 5, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of: The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas

Smash YA hit The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas took home a handful of awards at American Library Association Youth Media Awards, a few months after winning the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. The hype is real, you guys, it's THAT GOOD. Starr, a black teen that lives in a low income neighborhood but attends a fancy private school, watches her worlds collide, clash, and come crashing down after she witnesses the shooting death of a friend at the hands of a nervous police officer. Starr' more

Reviewed by Beth M on
February 16, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of ALA Youth Media Awards The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Denver today. A list of 2018 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - Hello Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly Randolph more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 12, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

I was so excited when I was offered a galley of Hartman's new novel set in the fantasy realm of Goredd first introduced in Seraphina. Here we meet Seraphina's half-sister Tess. Tess chafes at the role she's had to take on in her family and the restrictions placed on her as a female. She's bitter and angry and yes, she drinks too much to dull her frustrations. But she's chugging along with the goal of getting her sister settled in a good marriage. Disaster strikes at her sister's more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 30, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman

Beautiful Lies was an amazing book. The fact that it offered many experiences that I haven't been exposed to was incredible. It showed me what could happen with a problem that I may not currently face. Somehow, even though the story was very different from my life, I was still able to relate with the character. I knew how she felt when her twin disappeared as I would be devastated if one of my siblings just disappeared mysteriously. I would definitely recommend this book as well as more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
January 16, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Brave Chef Brianna by Jillian Crab

A famous chef and restaurateur in failing health decides to pit his children against one another in order for one of them to achieve the rights to his successful empire.  All of the children (12 boys!) and one daughter, Brianna Jakobsson, must start a new restaurant.  The child with the most successful restaurant wins the inheritance.  Each restaurant must be in a different town and all of the children must open their restaurant without any assistance from their father. more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 12, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

This YA Rom-Com with a nod to Bollywood is both sweet and addicting! When Dimple Met Rishi (Simon Pulse, 2017) is told in two voices, alternating often. The reader feels the giddiness of new love – as well as the push and pull of culture, family expectations, and being true to oneself. I was a fan of both Dimple and Rishi from the very start – and I truly, achingly, wanted everything to work out! It is a warm and cozy read – and definitely a big win for first-time writer Sandhya Menon. I am more

Reviewed by Tracy on
December 22, 2017 | 0 comments
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2017 Holiday Picks Madison Public Library's Music and Video Librarians have 2017 holiday picks and recommendations to share with you all! From Video Librarian Liz: Feature Films The Big Sick on DVD and Blu-ray Came out in the summer, based very much on writer/director/star of the film and his wife- their personal story turned into a some-elements-fictionalized plot. He is 1st generation Pakistani-American- kept his love relationship with a more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 20, 2017 | 0 comments
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2017 Holiday Picks These are the top picks from the librarians at Madison Public Library responsible for selecting the new materials for children and teens. There's still time to pick them up for a holiday gift or for something to read with the kids over the winter break. From Youth Services Librarian Karen: Harry Potter: A Journey through a History of Magic A treat for Harry Potter fans young and old, this book is based on the more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 19, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of American Street by Ibi Aanu Zoboi

So many exciting twist and turns! An endearing adventure all the way to the end. I was awed at the varied facets the main character endured from the very beginning, like witnessing her mother's detainment after her first flight to the United States to her less than celebratory introduction to meeting her new family members. I enjoyed her innocence of learning Western culture through the eyes of her cousins and new friends. I appreciated she kept so close to her rituals and beliefs from her more

Reviewed by Kim on
December 11, 2017 | 0 comments