Book Reviews

Red Spikes Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Dark, brutal, otherworldly stories for mature readers.
By Margo Lanagan
(2007)
Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out Book Poster Image
age 16+
Portrays teen girls in all their complexity.
By Hillary Carlip
(1995)
Rats Saw God Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Funny high school novel reveals tender truths.
By Rob Thomas
(1996)
Impulse Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Gritty book about suicide survivors told in free verse.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2007)
Surrender Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Lyrical, award-winning thriller is complex; read with teens.
By Sonya Hartnett
(2006)
The After Life Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Mature teens will love this wreck of a family.
By Daniel Ehrenhaft
(2006)
Song of Solomon Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Brilliant but mature classic explores racism, gender, power.
By Toni Morrison
(1977)
Looking for Alaska Book Poster Image
age 16+
Award-winning novel of life and death, for older teens.
By John Green
(2006)
The Nanny Diaries Book Poster Image
age 16+
Spoonfuls of adult content in modern Poppins tale.
By Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
(2007)
Glass Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Intense poems of meth addiction; read with teens.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2007)
Boy Toy Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Very mature book about boy molested by teacher.
By Barry Lyga
(2007)
A Really Nice Prom Mess Book Poster Image
age 16+
Strip club on prom night? Worth a parent preview.
By Brian Sloan
(2008)
Three Little Words: A Memoir Book Poster Image
age 16+
Harrowing foster child memoir for mature readers.
By Ashley Rhodes-Courter
(2008)
Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines Book Poster Image
age 16+
Real addict offers honest, mature portrayal.
By Nic Sheff
(2008)
Bliss Book Poster Image
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age 16+
IM book author tries horror; more icky than scary.
By Lauren Myracle
(2008)
Identical Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Thick free-verse bestseller takes graphic look at incest.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2008)
Cycler Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Twisted gender ID tale rife with sex-talk topics.
By Lauren McLaughlin
(2008)
Watchmen Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Retired heroes fight to save themselves in gritty classic.
By Alan Moore
(1995)
Sophomore Switch Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Chick lit with a dose of feminism.
By Abby McDonald
(2009)
Punkzilla Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Grim account of a runaway teen is intense and disturbing.
By Adam Rapp
(2009)

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