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


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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New Teen Books at Austin Branch

The Best of the Best in teen books has arrived at Austin. We recommend these titles as some of the best books for high school teens published in 2014. 100 Sideways Miles Call Me by My Name Gabi, A Girl in Pieces I'll Give You the Sun Love Letters to the Dead Poisoned Apples The Strange […]

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Teen Romance for the Hardest of Hearts


I'll be honest, I'm not a giant fan of romance books. I'm not anti-romance, I'd just rather see characters doing something other than daydreaming or moping, or scheming to get a partner. So it's all the sweeter when a book whose primary focus is the development of a romantic relationship catches my attention. And Valentine's Day is […]

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Rethink Gender: Diverse Books for Teens

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Currently in the teen writing world, there is a push to see books featuring more diverse characters, themes and narratives. We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization dedicated to addressing the lack of books featuring characters with a variety of backgrounds. Think everything from race to income level to family dynamics. According to their mission statement, "We Need Diverse […]

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Teen Winners of 2015 Youth Media Awards

I'll Give you the sun book cover

Every year at ALA's Midwinter Conference, youth librarians across the country look forward to the announcement of the ALA Youth Media Awards, and today was no different. So without further ado, here are the winners and finalists for literature for teens. Michael L. Printz Award I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson won the Michael […]

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When Asteroids Attack

Collision Course

An asteroid to be seen by an average person with binoculars will fly close enough to Earth on Monday, January 26. Scientists say that although relatively close, it will be far enough away to pose no threat. I think we should take a moment to contemplate some titles in which the following fictional scientists said […]

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Top Teen Titles Named at CPL Mock Awards

mock winners

Each year, CPL librarians get together for mock book award discussions in anticipation of the ALA Youth Media Awards announcement in February. It's a fun time for staff to share their thoughts and ideas about popular, controversial, engaging and excellent titles for teens. Be sure to read through all our winners for a chance to vote for your […]

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YA Book Club for Adults Coming to Sulzer Regional

Paper Towns

The Sulzer Regional Library is excited to announce a new book club for its patrons. Although young adult literature may be marketed to teenagers, there is no reason adults shouldn't enjoy and discuss these stories as well. This new book discussion group will meet once a month and read a variety of teen titles across different genres, from […]

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Friendships in Teen Literature


Romantic partners come and go...but friends are FOREVER. Romance is great and all, but let's not forget our friends in the midst of all those butterflies, yeah? Friends will be there to pick you up when you're down, to remind you when you're being dumb and to keep you from making stupid choices. Friends keep you […]

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