Best Back to School Titles for Teens

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It's back to school season, and the struggle is real. While you might be bummed about the days getting shorter and spending a chunk of those limited hours of sunlight indoors, this is the perfect time of year to forget your troubles in a good book. These titles are a great way to get in gear for fall! French boarding […]

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Vinyl Record Day Rotations

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Throughout the years, people have listened to music on everything from cassettes to MP3s, and while technology changes, there's no doubt that music enthusiasts still love vinyl. Vinyl Record Day celebrates the cultural influence of vinyl and its impact on the past and future on August 12. So to celebrate, explore all the vinyl records you can […]

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Flying the Unfriendly Skies

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I couldn't be more excited to see some of the cool aerial and water stunts at this year's Chicago Air and Water Show on August 15 and 16. To prepare for the show, check out these great flying and sailing books. After spending his life around diesel-powered Clanker machines, Austrian Prince Alek is suspicious of the […]

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Let’s Hit the Road!

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Summer always makes me long for a good road trip story, so naturally I'm completely pumped about John Green's new movie adaptation of his novel Paper Towns that comes out July 24. Paper Towns is available in other formats. If you're like me and you're looking for more road trip novels, here are a few books for […]

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Listen Up: Audiobooks for Teens

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While I love reading, sometimes I think a book sounds better when someone reads it to me. Take Neil Gaiman reading The Graveyard Book for example. Pretty great, right? If you're going on a road trip over summer break, or if you want to relax and listen from the comfort of your home, pick up these audiobooks! The narrators perfectly capture […]

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Impending Doom: Earthquake

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This post is the third in the series Impending Doom, nightmarish visions of the coming apocalypse. This is the way the world ends: everything turned upside down, buildings swallowed by the gaping maw of the earth as the ground shakes and shudders. There's no doubt earthquakes will have a role to play in the end times since they're already devastating cities […]

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LGBTQ Pride for Teens

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It's Pride Month! The sun is shining, the rainbows are out, and Fun Home, a musical based on Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, just won Best Musical and four other Tony Awards. Looking for more? Here are some books that feature LGBTQIA characters and issues. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily danforth is one of my top 5 favorite […]

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Coming of Age in America

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In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May, here are some stories about teens' experiences immigrating to America. Teenage years are tough while navigating life and figuring out who you truly are, but that process is made even more difficult when you must leave your home behind for an unfamiliar place with different customs. Immigrating from […]

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Non-Mom Books for Mother’s Day

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Mother's Day tends to bring pink greeting cards and flowery Instagram posts, but sometimes the important women in our lives are not the ones that we call Mom. So here are some books to check out if you're looking for a family that doesn't fit the standard mold. L. M. Montgomery's classic Anne of Green Gables features one […]

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Record Store Day Reads

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The 8th annual Record Store Day will take place this Saturday, April 18 right here in Chicago. Show support for your local record store by adding to your music collection. Some stores in Chicago to check out include: Reckless Records, Record Breakers, Logan Hardware, and Laurie’s Planet of Sound. If you love flipping through records and scouring […]

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