February 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Release by Patrick Ness | SLJ Review

NESS, Patrick. Release. 288p. ­HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Sept. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062403193.

Gr 9 Up –Adam, a rising senior with complex social and familial relationships, experiences the worst day of his life to date. The former boyfriend for whom he still has romantic feelings, and his BFF—witty and wise Korean adoptee Angela who might be into both guys and girls—are both going away; his older brother, a seminary student, has gotten a new girlfriend pregnant and turns to Adam to help smooth the way […]

Glow by Megan E. Bryant | SLJ Review

BRYANT, Megan E. Glow. 272p. Albert Whitman. Sept. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807529638; pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780807529652.

Gr 8 Up –Two young women, a century apart, find themselves drawn to the same dangerous glow. Julie, a young woman in the present day, is unable to pay for college after sacrificing her savings to help save her family’s home. In her desperate attempt to forget about her circumstances, Julie looks for a project to occupy her thoughts. During a visit to a thrift store, […]

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust | SLJ Review

BASHARDOUST, Melissa. Girls Made of Snow and Glass. 384p. Flatiron Bks. Sept. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250077738.

Gr 8 Up –When Mina fell ill, her father the magician cut out her dying heart and replaced it with glass. Unable to love or be loved, Mina learns that beauty can be used to manipulate others. At 16, she leaves the South with her father to move North where snow perpetually falls. Her father is being rewarded for curing the king’s daughter, the cover story […]

Heartless by Marissa Meyer | SLJ Review

MEYER, Marissa. Heartless. 464p. ebook available. Feiwel & Friends. Nov. 2016. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250044655. POP

Gr 8 Up –The author’s best fantasy yet. In her inspired reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s inimitable adventures in Wonderland, Meyer has explored the world that existed before Alice fell down the rabbit hole. All Lady Catherine wants to do is open her own bakery with the help of her maid. She has no wish to wear beautiful dresses or go to balls, and […]

Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King | SLJ Review

KING, A.S. Still Life with Tornado. 304p. ebook available. Dutton. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781101994887.

Gr 9 Up –At 16, Sarah is facing what she calls an “existential crisis,” questioning whether her life has meaning or value, an event fueled by an unfair art show, a cruel teacher, a toxic and abusive family, a missing brother, and the loss of her ability to draw. Sarah wanders through the streets of Philadelphia and meets her future self at age […]

A Modern-Day Snow White, Victorian London, and Dark Dystopia Galore | Series Update

YA readers eager to catch up on the activities of their favorite heroes and heroines will enjoy diving into novels by Eric Walters, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Susan Kim, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.