Poetic Teen Novels

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Poems are like stories in themselves, but even more extraordinary to me is when an entire novel can be written as a poem. It’s like meditating about a character or experience, and I love how easy it is for my eyes to travel across the sparsely-filled pages, absorbing so much with so few words. There […]

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Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

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It's that time of year when teens across the country read and vote for their favorite novels for YALSA's Teens' Top Ten. With such a large range of topics covered, there's something for everyone. In This Song Will Save your Life, Elise struggles with making friends until she wanders into a warehouse party. There she meets Vicky […]

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Moments That Change Everything

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There are moments in life when your whole world changes. I remember getting a fat envelope that told me I got into college. When I opened it, I had to make a choice that would change my life—to go or not to go? But some life-changing moments are not as happy. In If I Stay, the life-changing […]

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Embrace Your Inner Geek

Being raised by Star Trek and sci-fi/fantasy geeks meant knowing the title of a TNG (Star Trek: The Next Generation) episode 10 seconds in and keeping mostly quiet about many of the TV shows I watched and most of the books I read. It was not until adulthood that I found other like-minded people. The […]

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Celebrating LGBT Pride: Great Reads for Teens

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Every year since 1971, the American Library Association has awarded the Stonewall Book Award to titles in adult literature, nonfiction and children's and young adult literature that contain exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. This year the Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Young Adult Literature Award went to Beautiful Music for Ugly Children and Fat Angie. To […]

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LGBTeen Fiction Picks

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It's not always easy to direct teens towards good LGBT books. Some books are kid stuff, explaining LGBT issues in terms for teens' younger siblings. Some are too racy, geared toward adults. These books are just right for teens-- packed with enough romance, action, adventure and whatever else you can imagine.  is sure to be […]

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Sometimes You Just Need a Good Cry

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If you haven't heard, The Fault in Our Stars, the much-anticipated movie adaptation of John Green's fourth novel, comes out Friday. This is by far my favorite of his books to date, and one of the two movies I can't wait to see this year (the other being The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1), […]

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Celebrating Our Soldiers Through Stories

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In honor of Memorial Day, here are some books that take a close look at the realities of war and its short and long term effects on soldiers and their families. In Personal Effects, Matt is in high school when his brother, T.J., dies in the Iraq war. When his brother's belongings are given to […]

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New Teen Books at Lozano Branch

We're always getting new books for teens. Here are our most recent arrivals at the Lozano Branch. Printz Award Winner Maggot Moon Grasshopper Jungle Stonewall Award Winner Fat Angie Noggin Come find these new books and more in the teen section, which is to your left when you walk into the branch. Happy reading!

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It’s Teen Literature Day!

I like celebrating teen literature every day because there is so much good stuff out there. Yet, in honor of the actual day, I wanted to share a couple titles that I recently enjoyed reading. Marie Lu's world in Legend can be compared to The Hunger Games or Divergent, but what I like about this dystopian novel are […]

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