Teen Advisory Board — March 2022

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Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, 3/19/2022 Present: Noah, Hailey, Jasmine, Vivien, Caelie.   Agenda   Discussions: Middle grade author event on May 14 Levelup Summer program (create something that requires volunteer help – like making lots of crafts or decorations) Summer storytime training July-August   This project was […]

Who I Was With Her — Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Amber Elias, age 15 Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall Corinne knew who she was. Or at least she knew who she was supposed to be. She knew that she was supposed to get good grades in school and have an abundant social life. She knew […]

Shipped — Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Hailey Chen, age 14 Shipped by Meredith Tate Wesley Clarke and Stella Greene are both desperate. They both need the coveted valedictorian prize (a full ride scholarship to a school of your choosing) for different reasons, and neither of them are willing to give it up. They’ve been […]

Before We Disappear — Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Amber Elias, age 15 Before We Disappear by Shaun David Hutchinson The fast-paced, crime-ridden life of Jack Nevin always kept the scrawny boy hopping from one place to the next with his equally as con-oriented keeper, the Enchantress, and his half sister Lucia. The trio tormented big cities […]

We Can Be Heroes — Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Sam Redfearn, age 15 We Can Be Heroes by Kyrie McCauley Beck and Vivian’s entire lives changed in a single day— the day their best friend, Cassie, was shot. Cassie was the glue that kept the three of them friends, so in the first few months after she […]

Sketches and More: Garden Stones and Mailable Moths

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The popular teen art series, facilitated and sponsored by Armory Center for the Arts, continues through Fall 2021. The series, which began as a project of the Youth Network, started online during the early months of the Pandemic in 2020. The series continued monthly online for six seasons, and over […]

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating — Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Jasmine Sov, age 16 Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirda Popular girl Humaira “Hani” Khan and studious overachiever Ishita “Ishu” Dey could not be more different from one another, and yet the strangest movie-like circumstances cause their paths to cross. Hani is friendly and […]

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness — Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Sam Redfearn, age 15 The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan The debate as to whether mental hospitals, and the notion of institutionalization as a whole, are the ideal system for the treatment of psychiatric patients in the US is […]

The Perfect Place to Die — Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Emily Battaglia, age 17 The Perfect Place to Die by Bryce Moore Set in Chicago at the end of the 19th century, The Perfect Place to Die tells the story of seventeen-year-old Zuretta, who traveled to the city to uncover the malevolent secret behind her sister’s disappearance. Her […]

The Color of Dragons — Teen Book Review

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Reviewed by Hailey Chen, age 14 The Color of Dragons by R.A. Salvatore and Erika Lewis Maggie is an apprentice to a self-named magician with no real magic. She’s someone who has very fickle powers and a lifelong debt being held over her head, with no way of clearing it […]