Archive for the ‘Teen Readers Advisory’ Category

2018 Teens Top Ten Nominees…

April 18, 2018

TeensTopTen_logo_web… have just been announced for the best teen books of the previous year. The list contains 25 titles nominated by teen book groups across the US. Teens are invited to apply to join one of 20 book groups nationwide, although no NY libraries are participating this year. Advance copies are sent to the groups from publishers and the teens must then submit reviews of the titles and can keep the books. All teens can then vote  for their favorite book on the list, beginning in August, and the 10 titles with the most votes will comprise the final list. This initiative is sponsored by YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of ALA (American Libraries Association).

Down and Across

March 11, 2018

bookRunning away is Scott’s go-to plan when he finds himself in a place where he doesn’t want to be. While his parents are in Iran taking care of his ill grandfather, Scott decides the internship his dad set up for him in a Philly research lab is not for him, and quits after the first week. He jumps on a bus to Washington D.C, to track down a college professor who is an authority on grit, a trait Scott decides he needs to develop. He makes friends during his D.C. adventure: Fiona, a cruciverbalist, or creator of crossword puzzles, whose daring and spunk impress the heck out of Scott, or Saaket, as Fiona call him by his Arabic name. He also meets Trent, a gay bartender and friend of Fiona’s who is looking to break into the political arena , and takes Saaket under his wing. A debut teen novel by Arvin Ahmadi, Down and Across is a humorous and honest look at friendship, core values and navigating the road to adulthood.

Before I Let Go

February 14, 2018

index (2)Corey hadn’t answered her best friend Kyra’s last few letters. After all, she was busy trying to find her place at her new school, after moving away from their home town of Lost, Alaska. And she’s due home for a week visit soon, so she has plenty of time to catch up with Kyra then. But a few days before Corey is due to leave, Kyra is found dead, floating in a lake. Now Corey has a week to figure out what happened. Why didn’t Kyra hang on until Corey got there? Suddenly, Lost feels like an entirely different place. The townspeople treat Corey like an outsider, and no one will give her any answers to why Kyra died. The story deals with mental illness, and lists resources at the end for help and treatment for anyone who would need it. A haunting story…

In the Shadow of the Sun

January 3, 2018

index (1)This teen novel by Anne Sibley O’Brien is set in North Korea in approximately 2011, in the early reign of the current supreme leader, Kim Jong-un. Mia and Simon Andrews accompany their father on one of his business trips, but become embroiled in the abuses suffered by those imprisoned in work camps. Mia finds a camera with several horrifying pictures of abused workers in a gift given to her by a local citizen. When her father is arrested, she and her brother flee the authorities and attempt to escape the country while carrying the camera. A very gripping story with facts about North Korea included, it is an eye- opener for many of us who are unfamiliar with the hardships endured by its people..

Far From the Tree

December 6, 2017

11 bookI enjoyed reading this teen novel by Robin Benway. She follows the lives of three siblings, given up by their biological mother and adopted/ fostered into separate families. Grace, the middle sister, becomes pregnant in high school and chooses to give her daughter up to adoptive parents. This is a heart-wrenching decision, and it leads her to search for her bio family. She meets her younger sister, Maya, adopted by well-to-do parents, and Joaquin, whose entire life has been spent in foster families, and his emotional scars are preventing him from joining a family who very much want to adopt him. Ms. Benway has written a very poignant story of three empathetic siblings who begin to bond and learn how to be there for each other. Warning: this is a tearjerker, so be prepared…


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