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Three Underrated Young Adult Fantasy Series

These books are nowhere near as popular as The Hunger Games or The Fault in Our Stars but they are worth a read.Read More ›

Booktalking "Twisted" by Laurie Halse Anderson

Seventeen-year-old Tyler Miller has a probation officer now. Apparently, this makes him a lot cooler at school. At least beautiful Bethany Milbury seems to think so.Read More ›

Booktalking "Somebody Up There Hates You" by Hollis Seamon

They've got spirit; they're not depressed. 17-year-old Richie and 15-year-old Sylvie think that they are in love; they have terminal cancer, and they live in hospice care. Every minute they can find, Richie and Sylvie spend together. Read More ›

My Fall Reading List: YA Series from Marie Lu and More

I would recommend the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu to anyone, teen or adult.Read More ›

Booktalking "A Death-Struck Year" by Makiia Lucier

Cleo Berry is a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Oregon in 1918 when her school closes due to the Spanish influenza epidemic. In order to stave off boredom, she signs up to volunteer with the Red Cross. Read More ›

Reading IS Fun! Teen Summer Reading at Battery Park

Teens had a great summer at Battery Park. Our Teen Advisory Group met for snacks, conversation, and book discussion. Nick, Dhruv and Caleb made an awesome video about Summer Reading that got the whole staff laughing—come to a TAG meeting and check it out! This fall we'll be meeting Thursdays at 4 p.m. Read More ›

Booktalking "Everything You Want" by Barbara Shoup

Emma never imagined that her psychology class goose, Freud, would be her ticket to the good life. She and her family spend an anxious sleepless night waiting to turn in a winning lotto ticket at the convenience store when it opens at 8 a.m.Read More ›

Back to School Fashion for 2014

The summer is almost over, time to head back school! With a new school year, comes a new look, a new style or a fashion trend to try.Read More ›

Booktalking "Catalyst" by Laurie Halse Anderson

Kate Malone is a super-charged high school senior, long-distance runner, and she has her heart set on attending MIT. No other college will do. At her school, everyone is defined by their grade point averages and college destinations. Kate, with her brother Toby, minister father, Siamese cat Sophia, and black lab Mr. Spock, take on the world. National Honor Society member and perfectionist, Kate's thoughts run a mile a minute. Read More ›

Booktalking "What We Lost" by Sara Zarr

Being raised by a pastor must be a dream come true, right? Not if your alcoholic mother is in rehab. Samara's father seems more present for the parishioners than for his own daughter.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Lucy Variations" by Sara Zarr

Sixteen-year-old Lucy Beck-Moreau is a former concert pianist who quit. No more piano for Lucy, not even for fun. This contrasts starkly with her 10-year-old brother Gustav, who now studies with Will and spends many practice hours at the keyboard.Read More ›

Booktalking "How to Save a Life" by Sara Zarr

"Do you have a heart that needs a home? I have a home in need of a heart." Robin posted this query on a random adoption web site in hopes of finding a baby to love. Mandy clicked on it.Read More ›

Booktalking "Want to Go Private?" by Sarah Littman

Fourteen-year-old Abby is starting ninth grade, and nothing is more comforting to her than venting about her daily trials and tribulations to BlueSkyBoi, aka Luke Redmond, on chezteen.com. Read More ›

YA Microtrends: Russian Historical Fiction

Earlier this year I read a young adult novel called The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford. Then more recently I read Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick and Sekret by Lindsay Smith, and I started thinking … hang on … is Russian historical fiction a “thing” now? Read More ›

Booktalking "Pointe" by Brandy Colbert

Theo is a high school junior torn between becoming a pro ballerina or finding another job. She and all of her friends are entranced with drug use, and she spends her time at parties and navigating her relationship with pianist Hosea and her childhood friend Donovan.Read More ›

Booktalking "Purge" by Sarah Littman

Janie struggles with her problem child status, her "perfect" stepsister Jenny, and her relationship with her best friend Kelsey back home. Read More ›

What to Read Next: Spies & Assassins and John Green/TFIOS Read-a-Likes

Summertime and the living is easy or so they say. All that free time but what to do? More importantly what to read? There’s way too many choices these days and what happens when you go into a library and they don’t have what you’re looking for? Ugh, so frustrating! You do have a few choices: you can browse the shelves, you can ask a friend or a trusted librarian for recommendations, check the Summer Reading book lists or... you can read this post. I’ve researched some of the most ask for genres at branches and compiled some great read-alikes. Surely there’s something here that’ll Read More ›

Booktalking "A World Away" by Nancy Grossman

Sixteen-year-old Eliza is going through rumspringa, an adolescent exploration that occurs in Amish communities.Read More ›

Booktalking "Blink Once" by Cylin Busby

West wakes up to discover that he is paralyzed and cannot move his limbs. He discovers a room full of hospital machines, strange sounds, and strange sights. He blinks once for yes and twice for no in order to communicate with the world. West was a biker who fell into a disastrous, incomprehensible world.Read More ›

Putting a New Spin on STEM

Books for kids and teens that tie into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are all the rage nowadays. Here is a list of books for kids and teens that are related to those subjects but which you’ll find in some unexpected areas of the library -- fiction, graphic novels, and poetry!Read More ›
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