Archive for the ‘Teen Readers Advisory’ Category

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…

Loss of a pet & parent titles for youth

June 17, 2017

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The NY Times Book Review this weekend has profiled five new books for youth that deal with loss: four picture book titles that tackle the loss of a pet, and one teen novel that deals with the loss of a mother. Splotch by Gianna Marino & Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket both look at the loss of a pet goldfish; Hey, Boy by Benjamin Strouse deals with a boy and a dog, and Colette’s Lost Pet by Isabelle Arsenault takes a glimpse at a young girl’s attempt to fit into a new neighborhood by inventing the loss of a pet bird.

1 bookThe teen novel is Speed of Life, by Carol Weston, which I have read and enjoyed. A young teen loses her mother suddenly and must deal with her father dating again. To make matters worse, her dad’s girlfriend has a daughter, Alexa, who is about the same age as Sofia, the protagonist, and is less than thrilled about her mom dating Sofia’s dad. Plus Alexa is not very friendly to Sofia, who turns to an advice columnist, “Dear Kate” for help in dealing with her loss. Recommended for teens in grades 7 and up.

What Light

November 29, 2016


Jay Asher has written three young adult novels to date; his latest title is a Christmas story that takes a look at misconceptions and unfair judgements. Sierra’s family owns a Christmas tree farm in California, and she meets a young man, Caleb, who she later discovers is buying trees for needy families. However, she is told that he reportedly threatened his younger sister’s life with a knife several years earlier. So while many steer clear of him, including his best friend, Sierra becomes very attracted to him and they fall in love. Asher pens a feel- good story about the power of redemption, and having faith in someone, regardless of the judgements of others.

Shop on AmazonSmile, Support the Library

November 29, 2016
This #GivingTuesday, choose to support The Palisades Free Library with your purchases!
Just follow these simple steps:
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  3. Search for the Palisades Free Library to select it as your benefiting organization.
  4. That’s it! Underneath your search bar you should see the statement: Supporting: Palisades Free Library.
A percentage of your purchase will be credited to the Library. There is no additional cost to your purchase. The trick is to remember to start at the address and not the regular address.
Thank you in advance!

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