Prama: Teen Books about Prom

Young man in tuxedo places corset on the arm of a young woman in a dress

Prama (noun): drama that ensues before, during or after a high school prom. I first heard the word prama early in my senior year of high school (yes, a long time ago). By winter break I had fully learned its meaning. The buildup to prom can be filled with anxiety, awkwardness and, of course, tons of […]

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Books for Teens: Writing Fiction & Comics

Have you ever gotten a great idea and then sat down to write it, only to find it you had no clue how to get it from inside your head onto the paper? Don't worry, you're not alone. If you're a teen interested in writing fiction, comics or graphic novels, here are some books that can help […]

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New Teen Novels in Verse

You don't need to read old-school Shakespeare to celebrate National Poetry Month. These new novels in verse capture teens' thoughts and feelings in modern language. If you want a clever Shakespeare retelling, Ronit & Jamil updates Romeo and Juliet with a modern political plot. Set in present-day Israel, the novel reveals how Ronit, an Israeli pharmacist's daughter, and Jamil, a […]

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Teen Novels Hit Big and Small Screens

Adaptations of some extremely popular teen novels are debuting on television and in theaters this month. Thirteen Reasons Why, based on Jay Asher's 2007 book, will start streaming on Netflix on March 31. The TV series breaks the story down into 13 episodes, one for each cassette tape Hannah leaves behind after her suicide. Thirteen Reasons Why is […]

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Doom and Gloom: Ill-fated Characters of Teen Literature

fortune cookie fortune 'Your luck is about to change'

With St. Patrick's Day coming up, many people have luck on their minds. Unfortunately, not everyone can have the luck of the Irish. In fact, some people have a life riddled with bad luck and misfortune. One might even say that some people are ill-fated, destined to a life of constant trials and tribulation. While every […]

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Postcards from Rural America

If you've lived your whole life in the shadow of skyscrapers, it might be hard to imagine what it's like to live in rural America. But even though the scenery is different, high school is much the same: classes, friends, dates and plenty of drama. Check out these stories about teens who've grown up far […]

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Snow Awesome! Winter Sports Reads for Teens

Snowboarder flies through air with pine trees in the background

It’s already February, and Chicago is still mostly mild and totally snow-free! If missing out on that "real" Chicago winter has left you wishing for snow, and you don’t already have plans to head to the mountains, you’ll be happy to hear the groundhog saw his shadow. That’s six extra weeks to find the winter […]

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YA for Everyone Book Club: 2017 Schedule

We're happy to announce our 2017 dates for the YA for Everyone Book Club at Harold Washington Library Center. If you're an adult who's interested in great stories and likes to read teen fiction, or who wants to know what all the fuss is about, join us to explore one of the most popular genres out there. On February […]

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CPL’s 2016 Teen Mock Book Awards

Mock Printz Books

Each year before the winners of American Library Association's Youth Media Awards are announced, CPL librarians come together to nominate and discuss our own Mock Book Awards to honor some of our favorite titles of the year. Here are the 2016 teen books we chose. Mock Printz Award for Literary Excellence Winner: We Are the Ants […]

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Fiction with Conviction: 2016’s Most Inspiring Teen Books

Does anyone else think 2016 was a crazy year? I personally experienced and saw quite a few up and down moments. Whether you thought the past year was totally great or a roller coaster of emotions, the beginning of January marks a time to turn the page and look ahead to new opportunities. It’s also time for many of […]

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