Teen Advisory Board — September 2019

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Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, 9/14/19 Present: Aminda, Emilie, Genevieve, Julia, Sophie, Taleen, with special guests Lek, Scott, Sarah, and Kevin Focus of September meeting: murder mystery, bullying prevention month Assignment: murder mystery assignments Handouts: murder mystery shopping list, TAB flyer, art display flyer, updated murder mystery flyer […]

New Books – September 2019 edition

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Ziggy, Stardust and Me James Brandon · G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Pages: 368 Format: Hardcover In this tender-hearted debut, set against the tumultuous backdrop of life in 1973, when homosexuality is still considered a mental illness, two boys defy all the odds and fall in love.The year […]

Again, but Better — Teen Review

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Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 Again, but Better By Christine Riccio Christine Riccio’s delightful debut, Again, but Better, introduces readers to the wonderful world of college– a world where Shane Primaveri has been totally killing it with her amazing grades, pre-med track, and happy parents. Right? Wrong. In fact, what […]

“Hermione’s Hogwarts Letter” by Samantha Savage

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Fractured Films Writing Contest 1st place “Hermione’s Hogwarts Letter” by Samantha Savage Age 14 Film inspiration: Harry Potter Around midnight on the night of the ninth of September 1990, Hermione Granger awoke to a crash and the hooting of an owl just outside her front door. She sat up startled as […]

“Ursula’s Backstory” by Siluni Abeywickrama

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Fractured Films Writing Contest 2nd place “Ursula’s Backstory” by Siluni Abeywickrama Age 14 Film inspiration: The Little Mermaid Ursula was beautiful. Her tail sparkling white, and her long wavy hair the deepest black. She was known not only for her beauty, but for her kindness. Every merman in Atlantica wanted to […]

Fractured Films Contest Winners

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We’re pleased to announce the winners of the Fractured Films Art and Writing Contests. This year, youth ages 8-18 who live or attend school in Pasadena were challenged to put their own spin on a film. All artwork and stories were inspired by characters or scenes from an existing movie […]

Teen Advisory Board — August 2019

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Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, 8/17/19 Present: Aminda, Carolyn, Genevieve, Julia, Liam, Taleen Focus of August meeting: recruitment, fall programs, murder mystery Assignment: N/A Handouts: flyers for: (1) Pasadena Loves YA, (2) teen craft, (3) game day, (4) draft flyer of murder mystery, and (5) TAB info from […]

The Voice in My Head — Teen Review

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Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 The Voice in My Head By Dana L. Davis Dana L. Davis’s The Voice in My Head tells the story of Indigo Phillips, a girl who’s always been known as “Violet’s twin sister”. Violet is everything she’s not: popular, pretty, and sweet-tempered. But when Violet suddenly becomes […]

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 […]