Brightly Burning — Teen Review

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Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 Brightly Burning Edited by Alexa Donne Alexa Donne’s reimagined future space version of the popular classic Jane Eyre, Brightly Burning, follows the story of Stella Ainsley, a teenage orphan living in poverty and working an engineering job aboard the Stalwart. But when she relocates to the […]

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America — Teen Review

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Review by Nina Dinan, 15 Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America Edited by Ibi Zoboi This collection of short stories examines the many dimensions of African American experiences through the eyes of multiple young protagonists. Different writers give voice to each story, and their plot lines are […]

Always Smile: Carley Allison’s Secrets for Laughing, Loving and Living — Teen Review

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Review by Nina Dinan, 15 Always Smile: Carley Allison’s Secrets for Laughing, Loving and Living by Alice Kuipers In early 2013, Carley Allison, a Canadian figure skater and singer-songwriter, was diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer in her trachea. Instead of being dismayed by the diagnosis, she chose to use her experience […]

Lovely War — Teen Review

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Review by Kira Toal, 17 Lovely War By Julie Berry “Lovely War” by Julie Berry is a historical fiction romance novel set at the height of World War I and (here’s the interesting part:) narrated by Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. It features two main couples: Hazel and James, a talented young […]

Twice Dead — Teen Review

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Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 Twice Dead By Caitlin Seal “Twice Dead”, a story by Caitlin Seal set in the fictional land of Belavine City, is about a girl named Naya who meets her untimely death within the first chapter while on a trading mission for her merchant father. However, she’s not […]

New Books — May 2019 edition

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New YA Books The Unbroken Hearts Club Brooke Carter · Orca Book Publishers Pages: 160 Format: Paperback Ever since her mom died of Huntington’s disease, Logan has been in a permanent state of neutral. Her dad has been depressed and lonely, but Logan is . . . something else. So […]

Lovely, Dark, and Deep — Teen Review

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Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 Lovely, Dark, and Deep By Justina Chen Lovely, Dark, and Deep is the tale of Viola Wynne Li, a girl who’s hosted bake sales for about a thousand different causes. With two best friends and ambitions for becoming a foreign correspondent, life couldn’t be better. But when […]

Teen Advisory Board — April 2019

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Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, 4/22/19 Present: Aminda, Carolyn, Chris, Emilie, Faith, Genevieve, Haile, Jonathan G,  Lauren, Liam, Liliana, Luke, Sophie, Taleen Focus of April meeting: summer planning, updates Assignment: N/A Handouts: Youth Services staff photos   Agenda   Debrief & upcoming (10 min) Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop on April […]

DIY Wax Seal

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Instructions adapted from https://www.instructables.com/id/Wax-Seals-From-a-Laser-Cutter/   Supplies Thick acrylic to laser cut – 4.5 mm or thicker A peg, bobbin, or any other item with a flat end to use as a handle Hot glue or 2-part epoxy glue Sealing wax Nonstick spray or oil Laser cutter or Carvey   Make your […]

New Books – April 2019 edition

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New YA Books Descendant of the Crane Joan He · Albert Whitman & Company Pages: 400 Format: Hardcover “Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.” Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust […]