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Like, Try, Why #13: Time Travel

Did you just finish an awesome book that made you want to stalk the stacks for another similar title? Are you not sure what to read next? The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone staff can help you find your next favorite book. Read More..

Choose Your Own Apocalpyse Reading List

What form will the apocalpyse take? An Alien invasion? An environmental disaster? Zombies? Or a civil rebellion? You decide! For Teen Read Week we’re hosting an Choose Your Own Apocalpyse scavenger hunt live action game, where teams complete challenges inspired by popular post-apocalpytic and survival fiction. The fun doesn’t have to end, though! Check out one of these books and see if you could survive some of these cataclysmic scenarios found in these popular titles!

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Like, Try, Why #11: Sci-fi Dystopian

Did you just finish an awesome book that made you want to stalk the stacks for another similar title? Are you not sure what to read next? The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone staff can help you find your next favorite book.

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Staff Picks: “Starglass” by Phoebe North

Political intrigue on a generation starship? I was immediately intrigued by Starglass by Phoebe North.

Terra has spent her entire life on the spaceship Asherah, as have generations before her. A group of cultural Jews boarded it 500 years ago just before Earth was hit with an asteroid that was destined to destroy all life on the planet. The ship has been heading towards a new planet they are hoping to populate. But just as they are preparing to land on the new planet, an underground rebel group is poised to challenge the leaders of the ship and the rigid social order that has been necessary to keep the ship running. Read More..

Like, Try, Why #9: Fall 2013 Book-to-Movie Edition

Are you waiting for your favorite book to come out on the big screen? Want an awesome book to read in the mean time?  The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone staff can help you find your next favorite book.  Read More..

Like, Try, Why #7: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Adventure

Did you just finish an awesome book that made you want to stalk the stacks for another similar title? Are you not sure what to read next? The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone staff can help you find your next favorite book. Read More..

Staff Picks: “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey

What would you do if you were the last human on Earth? What if your new bestie was an M-16 rifle? What if you watched your mother die of a terrible virus and your father get shot in the head by a soldier you thought was there to save you? What if the enemy was impossible to detect and you didn’t know who to trust?

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Find the YA Novel that Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

Looking for a funny book? Well we know that people have different ideas of what makes a book hilarious, so we’ve rounded up a list of books that are funny in different ways. There’s something sure to tickle any reader’s funny bone on this list! Read More..

Staff Picks: “Beta” by Rachel Cohn

Rachel Cohn is best known for Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, two popular contemporary and realistic young adult novels. When I saw she was coming out with a science fiction dystopian novel, I was intrigued.

Beta is set on the otherworldly island of Demesne, where the air is so full of oxygen, the environment so lush, it seems like paradise. The island is staffed by clones made from the bodies of those who have died, and these clones serve the elite humans who make Demesne their home. Elysia is one of the first teen clones, making her a Beta. Read More..

Clockwork, Monocles, and Dirigibles: A Steampunk Booklist

Do you like historical fiction? Science fiction? Fantasy? Then steampunk, which combines elements of all three, might be your new favorite genre.

But what is steampunk?

In its purest form, steampunk is fiction set in the late Victorian era (late 1800s through World War I) and usually in Great Britain, though it can be set in other locales (think the American Wild West). But instead of straight historical fiction, these stories are imbued with fantastical re-imaginings of steam era technologies. Think retro-futuristic weapons, transportation, and fashion. Though often set in the past, these stories offer alternative histories: a “what might have been” look at the future from the perspective of Victorians.

These novels all contain some aspect of steampunk. Whether you’re interested in science fiction, romance, fantasy, or historical fiction, steampunk has something to offer you.

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