The Tragedy of Dane Riley – Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Jasmine Sov, age 17 The Tragedy of Dane Riley by Kat Spears Ever since Dane Riley’s dad died, Dane hasn’t been able to feel okay with himself. He’s flunking his classes, being a jerk (sometimes) to the girl he likes so she doesn’t set her expectations too high, and he […]

Breathe and Count Back from Ten – Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Kaelin Lee, age 16 Breathe and Count Back from Ten by Natalia Sylvester During the summer before her senior year of high school, Veronica seizes her chance to audition at her Florida town’s underwater mermaid attraction, Mermaid Cove, and fulfill her long-held dream of becoming a professional mermaid. Due to her […]

ArtNight Art Contest Winners: Ages 13-18

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This year, we asked young artists in our city to create a work of art that was inspired by illustrations found in children’s literature. Winners were announced on March 8, 2024, and their artwork was displayed in the new art gallery at Jefferson Branch Library through the end of the […]

The Good Girls – Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Jasmine Sov, age 17 The Good Girls by Claire Eliza Bartlett In a small town in Colorado, a girl has been murdered. Senior cheerleader Emma Baines was always the good girl at Jefferson-Lorne High School. Her suspected killers are three of her classmates: Claude, the troublemaker who gets around; Avery, […]

Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix – Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Kaelin Leen, age 16 Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix by Aminah Mae Safi During the Third Crusade, a young soldier named Rahma al-Hud follows her older sister Zeena into war over the Holy Land, which is threatened by the false Queen Isabella and the Faranji […]

Lies We Sing To The Sea – Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Kaelin Lee, age 16 Lies We Sing to the Sea by Sarah Underwood Lies We Sing to the Sea by Sarah Underwood is a young authors’ fantasy and Greek mythology novel about the kingdom of Ithaca’s curse which annually condemns twelve girls of Ithaca to be hung as a […]

Heartless – Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Hailey Chen, age 16 Heartless by Marissa Meyer Catherine Pinkerton is the only daughter and sole heir to the Marquess of Rock Turtle Cove. Coveted by many, including the King of Hearts himself, for her pretty looks and appealing noble status, one would think that her future is set in […]

A Thousand Heartbeats – Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Jasmine Sov, age 17 A Thousand Heartbeats by Kiera Cass Princess Annika has always longed for true love. But within the bounds of Meckonah Castle, she knows that isn’t possible for her. Since her mother’s disappearance, her once-loving father has grown distant, and the needs of the kingdom […]

Dark Room Etiquette – Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Samuel Redfearn, age 17 Dark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe Sixteen-year-old Saye Wayte has been wealthy enough his entire life to never have many worries. His existence is such that he rarely holds any concerns for the feelings of others, and while he insists he isn’t a cruel […]

Inaugural Ballers – Teen Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Amber Elias, age 17 Inaugural Ballers by Andrew Maraniss Quickly after the invention of basketball by James Naismith, it was women who popularized the sport in late 19th century America. From then on, the battle for women’s representation in sports began, especially team sports played in schools and […]