The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel

Review by Jennifer Irvine

Create strong, capable girls, include diverse characters, throw in some bullying to overcome, include a missing or dead father, and round it out with a mystery to solve. All of these elements and more keep The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane rolling along like a well-played English football. … More The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Review by Lauren Hathaway

Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf can sort every person in her life into one of three simple categories: saints, misfits, and monsters. There are those who are holier-than-thou, like her brother’s fiancé, Sarah. There are the people who don’t quite fit in, like Janna. And then there are the monsters masquerading as saints, like Farooq: the boy who is revered by his community for his piousness but has also sexually assaulted Janna. … More Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Review by Tessa Mouzourakis

The ominous, ever-present and seemingly infinite spiral of thoughts that plague those struggling with illnesses like anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression are represented by a broad orange corkscrew on the cover of John Green’s newest book, Turtles All the Way Down. It is an appropriate cover, as the YA megastar John Green attempts many metaphorical translations of obsessive thoughts in his compelling narrative of sixteen-year-old Aza Holmes, an Indianapolis teen living with anxiety and OCD. … More Turtles All the Way Down by John Green