New Books – February 2019 edition

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The Brilliant Death AMY ROSE CAPETTA · Viking Books for Young Readers Pages: 352 Format: Hardcover For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don’s daughter, family is fate. All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family’s enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects. After […]

Teen Advisory Board — January 2019

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Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, 1/14/19 Present:  Carolyn, Chris, Emilie, Faith, Liam, Liliana, Lauren, Luke, Sophie, Taleen Focus of January meeting: spring event, SRC prizes & graphics Assignment: SRC prize research: To prep for our next meeting, please do a bit of research on what you would like […]

Teen Advisory Board — December 2018

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Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, 12/17/18   Present:  Aminda, Carolyn, Chris, Emilie, John, Jonathan, Lauren, Liam, Mckenna, Naomi, Sophie, Taleen   Focus of December meeting: winter event, spring event Assignment: holiday meeting   Agenda   Debrief YA Book Club Youth Network meeting Writing meetups Teen zine   Discuss […]

Young Readers League Art Contest 2018: Age 12-14

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Age 12-14 Category First Place Camille Echeverri Age 14, California School of the Arts Untitled Pen, ink, watercolor; 9 x 12 inches Beautiful. Great composition and details, color and control, use of the various mediums. It’s clean, imaginative, interesting, creative, and humorous. The traveler is ready for a new journey […]

“A New Beginning” by Isaac Rishwain

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest 1st place Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Isaac Rishwain Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “A New Beginning”   Gabriel reminiscences about his hometown as he leaves for a new life in the U.S. In a land, promised to bring something magnificent, beyond […]

“Syria to Europe” by Anni Guo

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest 2nd place Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Anni Guo Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “Syria to Europe”   Two young refugees seek a safe haven.   “I’m scared. Where’s Mommy?” Nasir asked. “Shh! She’ll be right back.” Fatima, an eleven year old […]

“No Looking Back” by Olivia Barrios

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest 3rd place Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Olivia Barrios Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “No Looking Back”   The narrator and her Mami escape to California. I take one last look inside the house, take a deep breath, then close the door […]

“Trapped” by Amber Elias

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest Honorable Mention Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Amber Elias Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “Trapped”   I had always thought that there was no other way. That I would stay in this dull, repetitive loop until I died. But something happened that […]

“Who Reads the Waterfall on the Other Side” by Hannah Cahalan

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest Honorable Mention Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Hannah Cahalan Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “Who Reads The Waterfall On The Other Side”   The mage stared at the waterfall as it glinted in the sun The water rushing down as it filled […]

Young Readers League Contest Winners

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We’re pleased to announce the Young Readers League 2018 Contest winners! This year we received 226 entries. Thank you everyone who participated. Writing Contest This year, young writers were challenged to tell us a ghost story in 300 words or less. Special thanks to our judges:  Allison Hill (Vromans), Shauna Redmond, Jean […]