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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Celebrate Teen Literature Day

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I read and talk about teen literature every day, but Celebrate Teen Literature Day is April 16, during National Library Week. Teen lit covers such a large variety of topics and genres that the list of books I want to read grows daily. I'll never be able to read everything, even if I kid myself that I will, but […]

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The Healing Power of Poetry

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Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  Some people celebrate by carrying a poem in their pocket to share with others. My favorite experience with poetry was when my English teacher gave each student a bag of words that we arranged to make poems. Little did we know that those words were actually taken from different poems. […]

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The Power of Friends

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Friends see you through everything, the crushes, the family problems, the school drama, but finding one to trust doesn't just happen. It takes time. In The Scar Boys, Harry Jones is disfigured from a childhood accident, so making friends is often a challenge for him. But what eventually helps him out is music and starting a band. Each chapter […]

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Win Tickets To The Divergent Series: INSURGENT

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Teens, do you love Insurgent? Now’s your chance to win tickets to see The Divergent Series: INSURGENT before it’s released! All you have to do it take a picture with one of the Divergent Series books and post it on Twitter with #INSURGENTinChicago to be entered to win tickets to the March 16 screening at Navy Pier […]

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