Archive for the ‘Teen Readers Advisory’ Category

On the Come Up

June 30, 2021

Bri’s dad was an awesome rapper, something she aspires to be. But his life was cut short when a rival gang member shot and killed him when Bri was very young. She wins a spot “in the Ring”, a neighborhood club where budding artists “Battle” it out. But when Bri is unjustly thrown to the ground by a school guard, she decides to channel her rage and impotence into her rapping. Angie Thomas is a wonderful writer who draws on her experience as an African-American female to realistically portray the battles faced everyday by people of color. Her first novel was The Hate You Give, followed by this title, and her newest is Concrete Rose. I really enjoy reading her; all three titles are excellent young adult novels.

Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic

April 2, 2020

funnyMichael McCreary is a 20 year old stand-up comedian who is autistic and an instantly likable young man. He has written the book Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum, which provides an authentic view into the life of someone with autism. Michael chronicles his struggles from an early age up to the present, but he does so in an endearing and honest manner. This title was chosen by Overdrive, our library supplier of digital content, for its Big Read, a worldwide digital book club. Today also happens to be World Autism Awareness Day, so please download this title today from Overdrive to promote understanding and foster inclusion. It is available through April 13 with no waitlist or holds. Please contact the library with any questions and we will be happy to help!

Digital Borrowing without Limits

March 30, 2020

hooplabonusborrows500x500Hoopla, which offers Palisades Free Library cardholders of all ages an extensive collection of ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and more, has just introduced the hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection, available through the month of April. Borrowers can check out items from this list of more than 1,000 top titles without using any of their 8 monthly borrowing credits! 

Titles include at-home fitness videos (Jillian Michaels, Gaiam Yoga), favorite children’s series books (Captain Underpants, I Survived), and chart-topping music (Taylor Swift).

Favorite graphic novels of 2019

December 28, 2019

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Two columnists from the NY Times Book Review have written a column this week on their favorite graphic novels of this year. Two of the titles reviewed are for young readers: Guts and White Bird. Guts is an autobiographical memoir about dealing with anxiety, written by Raina Telgemeier and is a wildly popular read for children. The other, White Bird is penned by R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder, and is her first graphic novel. It concerns a Jewish girl in France in hiding during the Holocaust. Check them out for a good read…

Butterfly Yellow

December 18, 2019

indexThanhha Lai has written her first teen novel about  18 year old Vietnamese girl Hang, who travels to the US to find her younger brother, Linh, who had been taken in the ending days of the Vietnam War. She traces him to Texas, and with the help of a young cowboy, LeeRoy, locates him. But it has been years since Hang had last seen Linh, and he wants no part of her. She takes a job on a nearby ranch to try and build a relationship with him. Lai was born in Vietnam and she writes a gripping story about the horrors experienced by Hang before she was able to escape from the country, and her determination to work as hard as she can to make a life for herself in her new country. Lai’s own soldier father went missing during the fall of Saigon in 1975, and her mother and siblings fled Vietnam for the US. A timely immigrant story, recommended for ages 13 and up.


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