February 24, 2018

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Book Review: Grades 9 & Up Fiction

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redstarKephart, Beth. Going Over. 272p. maps. notes. websites. Chronicle. Apr. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452124575. LC 2012046894.

Gr 8 Up –Stefan and Ada love each other, but they can only see each other four times a year. That is how often Ada and her grandmother can cross the border into East Berlin to visit the matriarch’s best friend, Stefan’s grandmother. As time passes, Ada obsesses about people who have escaped to freedom, but Stefan worries about those who tried and failed. He spends his days looking through his grandfather’s telescope at the world around him, while Ada spends her nights creating graffiti artwork on her side of the Berlin Wall. While much of this story is focused on the teens and whether they can be together, other characters on both sides of the wall also get their own moments to shine. One of Kephart’s strengths is her ability to immerse readers in 1980s Berlin, a time period that does not receive a lot of attention in most history textbooks. One subplot involves the plight of Turkish immigrants in West Berlin, and Ada becomes involved with trying to save a preschooler in her care from an abusive home. Kephart also uses plenty of sensual language to help readers feel the characters’ aches and pains and to smell the smoke, dill, baked wool, and leather. This is an excellent example of historical fiction focusing on an unusual time period, and the author’s note and selected sources list will be useful for readers who want to learn more about what it was like to live on either side of the Berlin Wall.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library

redstarMoriarty, Jaclyn. The Cracks in the Kingdom. Bk. 2. 499p. (The Colors of Madeleine Series). Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. Mar. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780545397384; ebk. $18.99. ISBN 9780545633697.

Gr 7 Up –In this lively follow-up to A Corner of White (Scholastic, 2013), Moriarty chronicles the ever-intertwining lives of Cambridge resident Madeline Tully and her secret correspondent Elliot Baranski, a quick-witted farm boy from the Kingdom of Cello. After discovering a crack between their parallel worlds, the teens have been exchanging letters through the gap, venturing on a tentative friendship that may be growing into something more. The stakes are higher in this second installment, with Elliot recruited to help save the missing royalty of Cello, who were pushed into Madeline’s world in an attempt to destabilize the monarchy. Mixed in with the regal intrigue is a complex, moving look at families, friendship, and loss. The blossoming relationship between the pen pals, told in letters and through omniscient narration, is but one of the many charms this novel has to offer. Madeline’s emotional growth enriches her interactions with her friends and teachers in Cambridge, who fans will remember fondly from the first book. Elliot’s mission introduces the Royal Youth Alliance (RYA), an intriguing group of Cellian young people working (some reluctantly) toward a common goal. The RYA’s work around Cello expands an already complex and intricately drawn world. Readers will be clamoring for the next title after the thrilling yet satisfying conclusion.–Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla, Darien Library, CT

The following titles are reviewed in this month's print issue:

Grades 9 & Up

Bedford, Martyn. Never Ending. 304p. Random/Wendy Lamb. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780385739917; lib. ed. $18.99. ISBN 9780385908092; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780375898563. LC 2012047731.

Benway, Robin. Going Rogue. 308p. (Also Known As Series). Walker. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780802736048; ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9780802736055.

Brashares, Ann. The Here and Now. 256p. Delacorte. Apr. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780385736800; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780307976154; lib. ed. $21.99. ISBN 9780385906296.

Brody, Jessica. Unforgotten. 416p. (The Unremembered Trilogy). ebook available. Farrar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374379902.

Brown, Anne Greenwood. Promise Bound. 353p. (Lies Beneath Series). Delacorte. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385743839; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780385371292. LC 2013028765.

Caine, Rachel. Prince of Shadows. 368p. NAL. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780451414410.

Caletti, Deb. The Last Forever. 336p. S & S/Simon Pulse. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442450004; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9781442450011.

Carleson, J. C. The Tyrant’s Daughter. 304p. further reading. websites. Knopf. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780449809976; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780449809983; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780449810002. LC 2013014783.

Carman, Patrick. Tremor. 368p. (Pulse Trilogy: Bk. 2). HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062085801; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780062085825.

Christopher, Lucy. The Killing Woods. 384p. Scholastic/Chicken House. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545461009; ebk. $17.99. ISBN 9780545576710. LC 2013022566.

Colbert, Brandy. Pointe. 352p. Putnam. Apr. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399160349.

Crompton, Laurie Boyle. The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High. 320p. Sourcebooks/Fire. 2014. pap. $8.99. ISBN 9781402273469.

Cypess, Leah. Death Sworn. 352p. ebook available. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062221216.

Czukas, Liz. Ask Again Later. 336p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Mar. 2014. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780062272393; ebk. $8.99. ISBN 9780062272416. LC 2013005073.

Dellaira, Ava. Love Letters to the Dead. 336p. Farrar. Apr. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374346676.

Demetrios, Heather. Something Real. 416p. ebook available. Holt. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780805097948.

Desir, C. Fault Line. 226p. S & S/Simon Pulse. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442460720; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442460744. LC 2012039167.

Erlings, Fridrik. Boy on the Edge. 219p. Candlewick. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780763666804. LC 2013943072.

Ewing, Lynne. The Lure. 288p. ebook available. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062206886.

Fitzpatrick, Huntley. What I Thought Was True. 416p. Dial. Apr. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803739093; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781101593912. LC 2013027029.

Freely, Jessica. All the Colors of Love. 224p. ebook available. Harmony Ink. 2013. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781627981521.

Gabel, Claudia & Cheryl Klam. Elusion. 400p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062122414; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780062122438.

Gaughen, A. C. Lady Thief: A Scarlet Novel. 336p. Walker. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780802736147; ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9780802736154.

Giles, Lamar. Fake ID. 303p. ebook available. HarperCollins/Amistad. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062121844.

Gurtler, Janet. 16 Things I Thought Were True. 304p. Sourcebooks/Fire. Mar. 2014. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781402277979.

Hagen, Bethany. Landry Park. 374p. Dial. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803739482. LC 2012045144.

Hager, Mandy. Into the Wilderness. 335p. (Blood of the Lamb Trilogy: Bk. 2). PYR. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781616148638; ebk. $11.99. ISBN 9781616148645.

Hale, Shannon. Dangerous. 400p. Bloomsbury. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781599901688; ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9781619631557.

Hattemer, Kate. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy. 336p. Knopf. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780385753784; lib. ed. $16.99. ISBN 9780385753791; ebk. ISBN 9780385753807. LC 2013014325.

Henry, Sherrie. Last of the Summer Tomatoes. 228p. ebook available. Harmony Ink. 2013. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781623809591.

Kantor, Melissa. Maybe One Day. 304p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062279200; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780062279224.

Keaton, Kelly. The Wicked Within. 280p. (Darkness Becomes Her Trilogy: Bk. 3). S & S/Simon Pulse. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-9315-5; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9781442493179. LC 2013020649.

Lindsey, Mary. Fragile Spirits. 320p. Philomel. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399161865; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781101594537. LC 2013012761.

Longshore, Katherine. Manor of Secrets. 336p. Scholastic/Point. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545567589; ebk. $17.99. ISBN 9780545567602. LC 2013019246.

Lynch, Chris. Little Blue Lies. 224p. S & S. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442440081; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442440104.

McCune, Joshua. Talker 25. 432p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Apr. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062121912; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780062121929.

Miranda, Megan. Vengeance. 344p. Walker. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780802735034; ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9780802735041. LC 2013024937.

Oliver, Lauren. Panic. 416p. HarperCollins/Harper. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062014559; ebk. $11.99. ISBN 9780062285591. LC 2013008472.

Orloff, Erica. In Dreams. 304p. Penguin/Speak. 2014. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780142424070.

Parsons, Mark Huntley. Road Rash. 352p. Knopf. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780385753425; lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9780385753432; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780385753449. LC 2013013578.

Patrick, J. Nelle. Tsarina. 352p. Penguin/Razorbill. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781595146939.

Pike, Aprilynne. Sleep No More. 352p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. May 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780061999031; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780062209269.

Price, Lissa. Enders. 288p. Delacorte. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385742498; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780307975249. LC 2013011679.

Rasheed, Leila. Diamonds & Deceit. 424p. (At Somerton Series). Disney/Hyperion. 2014. RTE $17.99. ISBN 9781423171188.

Reinhardt, Dana. We Are the Goldens. 208p. Random/Wendy Lamb. May 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780385742573; lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9780375990656; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780307975812.

Rocco, John & Jay Primiano. Swim That Rock. 304p. Candlewick. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763669058.

Scott, Victoria. Fire & Flood. 320p. Scholastic. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545537469; ebk. $17.99. ISBN 9780545537476. LC 2013014732.

Simone, Ni-Ni. True Story. 224p. (Ni-Ni Girl Chronicles). Kensington/KTeen. 2013. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9780758287724; ebk. $8.99. ISBN 9780758287731.

Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Feral Curse. 272p. (Feral Series: Bk. 2). ebook available. Candlewick. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780763659103. LC 2013946609.

Stampler, Ann Redisch. Afterparty. 398p. S & S/Simon Pulse. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442423244. LC 2013029008.

Strand, Jeff. I Have a Bad Feeling About This. 256p. Sourcebooks/Fire. Mar. 2014. pap. $8.99. ISBN 9781402284557.

Strohmeyer, Sarah. The Secrets of Lily Graves. 304p. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. May 2014. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780062259608; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780062259615.

Talkington, Amy. Liv, Forever. 288p. SohoTeen. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781616953225.

Terrill, Cristin. All Our Yesterdays. 368p. Disney/Hyperion. 2013. RTE $17.99. ISBN 9781423176374. LC 2013008007.

Tiernan, Cate. Darkest Fear. 368p. (Birthright Series: Bk. 1). S & S/Simon Pulse. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442482463; pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781442482456.

Trent, Tiffany. The Tinker King. 320p. (Unnaturalists Series). S & S. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442457591. LC 2013006018.

West, Kasie. Split Second. 368p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062117380; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780062117410.

Whaley, John Corey. Noggin. 352p. S & S/Atheneum. Apr. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442458727; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442458741. LC 2013020137.

Whipple, Natalie. House of Ivy & Sorrow. 368p. HarperCollins/Harper. Apr. 2014. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780062120182; ebk. ISBN 9780062120199.

Wunder, Wendy. The Museum of Intangible Things. 304p. Penguin/Razorbill. Apr. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781595145147.

Zevin, Gabrielle. In the Age of Love and Chocolate. 304p. (Birthright Series: Bk. 3). Farrar. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374380755; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780374336035. LC 2013009701.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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