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PODCAST 25: 2020 Summer Reviews – MG/YA

Kiss the Book Podcast on iTunes


CINDY – The Other Side: Stories of Central American Teen Refugees Who Dream of Crossing the Border by Juan Pablo Villalobos – HIGH

The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu

Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan


CINDY – Twins by Varian Johnson – HIGH

Johnson’s website

Doodleville by Chad Sell

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Rookie of the Year by Phil Bildner

LISA – The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate – ESSENTIAL

Applegate’s website

The One and Only Ivan by Applegate

Missing Mike by Shari Green – ESSENTIAL

A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parr

Ivan: the remarkable true story of the shopping mall gorilla

CINDY – Flooded: Requiem for Johnstown by Ann E. Burg – ESSENTIAL

Burg’s Website

Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards

Outrun the Moon by Stacy Lee

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart 

LISA – The Great Upending by Beth Kephart – ESSENTIAL

Kephart’s website

Kephart on Youtube

Beth Kephart on KTB

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre

CINDY – So This is Love: A Twisted Tale by Elizabeth Lim – ESSENTIAL

Lim’s Website

Disney’s Twisted Tales on KTB

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Nightbooks by J A White

LISA – Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – ESSENTIAL

Bradley’s Website

My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder

When You Know What I Know by Sonja K. Solter

Safe by Susan Shaw

CINDY – Louder Than Words by Kathy Kacer – ESSENTIAL

Kacer’s Website

Don’t Tell the Nazis by Marsha Furchuk Skrypuch

Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen

LISA – Forget Me Nat by Maria Scrivan – ESSENTIAL

Scrivan’s Website

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

CINDY – The Invasion by K.A. Applegate and Michael Grant – ESSENTIAL

Applegate’s Website

Applegate on Instagram

LISA – Things Seen From Above by Shelley Pearsall – ESSENTIAL

Pearsall’s website

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

The Losers Club by Andrew Clements

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Picture book – The Buddy Bench by Patty Brozo and Mike Deas

CINDY – City Spies by James Ponti – ESSENTIAL

Ponti’s Website

Ponti on Kiss the Book

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Cherub: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore


LISA –  Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yousef Salaam – HIGH

Salaam’s Website

Zoboi’s Website 

Dear Martin by Nic Stone 

This Is My America by Kim Johnson

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

CINDY – All These Monsters by Amy Tintera – HIGH

Tintera’s Website

Icons by Margaret Stohl

The Assault by Brian Falkner

LISA – Bloom by Kenneth Oppel – ESSENTIAL

Oppel’s website

Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

What Came from the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt

CINDY – This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada – HIGH

Suvada’s Website

All three books on KTB

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Starters by Lisa Price

CINDY – Between Burning Worlds by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell – ESSENTIAL

Both books on KTB

Cinder by Marissa Meyer 

Shadow Run by Strickland and Miller

Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray

LISA – Under the Broken Sky by Mariko Nagai – ESSENTIAL

Nagai’s Website

The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman

Refugee by Alan Gratz

CINDY – Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson – ESSENTIAL

Roberson’s Website

Ashlords by Scott Reintgen

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

LISA – Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – HIGH

Acevedo’s website

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Nikki Grimes on KTB

Angie Thomas on KTB

CINDY – A Proper Charade by Esther Hatch – ESSENTIAL

Hatch’s Website

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

Adoring Abigail by Chalon Linton

LISA – The Upside of Falling by Alex Light – HIGH

Light on Instagram

How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom by S.J. Goslee

CINDY – Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon – HIGH

Menon’s Website

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon 

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins – ESSENTIAL

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

CINDY – The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – ESSENTIAL

Collin’s Website

Gregor the Overlander 

The Loop by Ben Oliver

The List by Patricia Forde

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