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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Lyric Dystopias

I picked up The Weaver by Emmi Itaranta, and it reminded me of other dystopic books, like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. However, in these books, the protagonist generally has to realize that things were or could be different. All of these protagonists are young, and while written for adults, these books are good choices for anyone longing for […]

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Teen Shakespeare Retellings

Exit, Pursued by A Bear book cover

Did you know Shakespeare invented the romantic comedy? And about 1,700 words? If you want to get the gist of Shakespeare's stories without decoding the "wherefore arts," here are some teen retellings of Shakespeare's plays that will have you rolling or shaking in your seats. Exit, Pursued by A Bear by E.K. Johnston is a mix of The Winter's Tale, […]

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Gone Girl Readalikes: Teen Edition

Ever since Gone Girl rocked the literary world and the movie banked major box office bucks, readers have been dying for more suspenseful murder mysteries. Check out the latest teen Gone Girl readalikes. At an elite New York City prep school, con artist Kate manipulates fragile classmate Olivia as her new "friend" falls for charming sociopath Mark in Beware That Girl. Can Kate […]

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School’s in Session: Teen Fiction

Here's your fall schedule featuring books in which teens experience extraordinary situations on the first day of school. Subject: Freshman Orientation Infinite in Between follows five friends who meet on the first day of high school and face unexpected twists and turns over the next four years. Infinite In Between is available in other formats. Subject: Ethics Another group of classmates […]

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Surviving a Trip Through Time

This summer we're focusing on travel.  Many teens have contributed entries to the Find Your Way Teen Chicago Travel Guide featuring interesting places to explore, imagine and challenge the status quo. But what about time travel? Would you know how to survive a trip through time? Check out these stories of teens slipping though the space time continuum. […]

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