New Books — November 2019 edition

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New YA Books All-American Muslim Girl Nadine Jolie Courtney · Farrar, Straus and Giroux Pages: 432 Format: Hardcover Allie Abraham has it all going for her–she’s a straight-A student, with good friends and a close-knit family, and she’s dating cute, popular, and sweet Wells Henderson. One problem: Wells’s father is […]

A Roaring 20s Murder Mystery

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Teens are transported back into the Roaring 20s in this year’s murder mystery. The Roaring 20s was also the theme of our second murder mystery in 2015. The murder mystery is an immersive theatrical scavenger hunt, taking place at Central Library around Halloween. The mystery starts with a dinner party […]

Dance of Thieves — Teen Review

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Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 Dance of Thieves By Mary E. Pearson Mary E. Pearson’s fantasy/sci-fi novel Dance of Thieves follows reformed thief, Kazi, and outlaw leader, Jase, as they meet under not-very-convenient circumstances, fall in love, and save the kingdom, one betrayal at a time. Oh, and did I mention […]

Teen Advisory Board — October 2019

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Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, 10/12/19 Present:  Genevieve, Sophie, Taleen, Liam, Angel, and guest Christopher C (MLIS student) Focus of October meeting: murder mystery, bullying prevention month, State of the Youth Assignment: murder mystery assignments Handouts: more murder mystery flyers Materials: murder mystery supplies   Agenda   Welcome […]

New Books — October 2019 edition

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NEW YA BOOKS American Royals Katharine McGee · Random House Books for Young Readers Pages: 448 Format: Hardcover What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha. Two princesses vying for the ultimate […]

“What Do You Fight For?” by Madison Comick

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1st Place “What do you Fight For?” by  Madison Comick, age 15   Alina clutched the paper between her hands. It had the typed question from her supervisor, Iris, but no answer. She’d been staring at the question for a week now- “What do you fight for? What are we […]

“The Kind Cycle” by Ava Slocum

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2nd Place “The Promise” by Ava Slocum, age 15   On the last day of fourth grade, Ally’s teacher gave each of them a blank sheet of paper. “Write your name at the top and pass it to the person to your right. For each paper you get, write something […]

“The Promise” by Julia Fong

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3rd Place “The Promise” by Julia Fong, age 14   I remember the good times, feeling safe in my father’s strong hands, as he lifts me to the sky and back over and over and over again   He is tired now, a little sweaty, as he sits in his […]

Better Than the Best Plan — Teen Review

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Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 Better Than the Best Plan By Lauren Morrill Maritza Reed always has a plan for everything. Then again, when your life is about jumping from house to house and living under an enlightenment-obsessed mom, you always need a back-up plan. That is, until Ritzy’s mom […]

Deep Dark Blue: A Memoir of Survival — Teen Review

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Review by Nina Dinan, 16 Deep Dark Blue: A Memoir of Survival By Polo Tate Polo Tate arrived at the U.S. Air Force Academy with a mentality that fed off challenges. She was a highly successful student-athlete who quickly rose to the physical and mental demands of the academy. She was […]