Teen Advisory Board Write Ups: TAB Charges and Significance

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Meeting held on April 16th, 2018 The Innovation, STEAM and Marketing Committees answered the following questions to summate TAB’s charges and roles. In doing so, the committees learned to advocate for all the members’ hard work and contribution to make the Teen Advisory Board what it is today. 1. Why […]

Minizine Mission Statement by Jonathan Haile

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At the moment, there are three outlets for teen content at the Pasadena Library. We have the Teen Zine, the Teen Blog, and the Teen Instagram page. The Teen Zine (my main focus) only releases an issue every six months, which doesn’t really give much to relevancy or consistency, meaning […]

That Thing We Call a Heart — Teen Review

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review by John Chon, age 15 That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim     That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim is an interesting novel about the modern Muslim family. Not most teen books are about this topic. This book does a fair job with it, balancing it out with […]

House of Furies — Teen Review

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review by Jacob Chon, age 15 House of Furies by Madeleine Roux     House of Furies is a gripping tale of a young beggar who is thrust into a boarding house straight out of a horror movie. Louisa Ditton runs away from her status as a beggar to become a maid at […]

The Art of Feeling — Teen Review

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review by Kira Toal, age 16 The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims Summary:     The Art of Feeling is a YA romance/drama by Laura Tims about pain, emotional and physical, and the different effects it has on two foils: a girl with chronic pain, and a boy with congenital analgesia. Characters:     The […]

The First Time She Drowned — Teen Review

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review by John Chon, age 15 The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter Summary: Cassie O’Malley has been trying to keep her head above water—literally and metaphorically—since birth. It’s been two and a half years since Cassie’s mother dumped her in a mental institution against her will, and now, at eighteen, Cassie […]

Madness — Teen Review

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review by Jacob Chon, age 15 Madness by Zac Brewer     What is madness if it is not doing something many times, each time expecting a different result? And who is Brooke, if she is not a girl who goes to therapy many times, each time expecting a different result? As a young […]

The Closest I’ve Come — Teen Review

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review by Jacob Chon, age 15 The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves     Marcos Rivas is like any other high school student. He simply wants to be loved.  From his basketball games with other guys from the hood, to his abusive stepfather, Marcos’s life is not giving him that. All he gets are […]

That Thing We Call a Heart — Teen Review

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review by Sylvie Bower, age 16 That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim     That Thing We Call a Heart is the story of Shabnam, a Pakistani-American girl, during her last summer in New Jersey before going to Penn. She isn’t speaking to her best friend, who’s recently started wearing a hijab, […]

There’s Someone Inside Your House — Teen Review

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review by Jacob Chon, age 15 There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins Summary: Love hurts… Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But […]