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Dare to Read Banned Books: A Subversive Booklist

Every year, hundreds of books are challenged or banned from public and school libraries. Many of these are young adult titles we have in the Teen Zone, including everything ranging from classics to contemporary favorites. For Banned Book at Lawrence Public Library, we’re celebrating the right to read, so check out one of these books that have topped the list of challenged books over the last ten years!

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Under the Sea: A Mermaid Booklist

One of the hottest trends in young adult fiction is stories featuring mermaids. These creatures can be dark and dangerous, but some of these novels have a dash of romance, too. Explore the depths of the oceans by breaking open one of these tales from under the sea!

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Teen Picks: “Fruit Basket” by Natsuki Takaya

Fruit Basket by Natsuki Takaya

What is it about? The Sohma’s family curse… Read More..

Teen Picks: “The Unraveling” by Elizabeth Norris

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

What is it about? Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Read More..

Teen Picks: “Forbidden” By Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

What was it about? After getting a divorce Maya and Lochan’s parents seemed to forget that they had ever had children. Their father moved to Australia to start his own new, more perfect family while their mother turned to alcohol and partying in a last ditch effort to hold onto her fading youth. As the oldest in the house Maya and Lochan are forced to take on the role of parents, including all of the stress that goes along with it. Slowly breaking down under the pressure of taking care of their three younger siblings and juggling school as well, they find that the only people they really connect with and find comfort in are each other. Read More..

Teen Picks: “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” by Ann Brashares

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

What is it about? The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is about 4 girls, Bridget, Carmen, Lena, and Tibby. This summer is their first summer apart. Before they leave they find a pair of magical pants that fit them all perfectly. They then decide to pass the pants a long to each other to keep them together for the summer. Read More..

Teen Picks: “Pushing the Limits” by Katie McGarry


Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

What is it about? Echo and Noah are broken. They have been shattered by the people they cared about the most and they can’t quite figure out how to pick all the pieces back up. Read More..

Teen Picks : “Perfect Cover” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Perfect Cover by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

What is it about? High school sophomore Toby Klein is an expert computer hacker – and a complete social outcast. So when Bayport High’s top-of-the-food-chain cheerleaders invite her to try out, she knows something’s up. Read More..

Teen Picks: “Bitterblue” by Kristin Cashore

 Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

What is it about? Now eighteen and Queen of Monsea, Bitterblue has found that she is surrounded by lies. Her advisors have presented her with a distorted version of reality and she is just now discovering that her entire kingdom is filled to the brim with deceit. These lies hide behind corners and inside people Bitterblue thought she knew. They embed themselves into everyone around her, including the people she loves the most. They torture these people and create a mist around any logical thought, almost as if King Leck were still alive and forcing people to do his bidding by manipulating their minds. Read More..

Teen Picks: “Chosen Ones” by Tiffany Truitt

Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt

What is it about? What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

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