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American Heart, The Latest from Laura Moriarty

I’ve been a long-time fan of Laura Moriarty’s writing since I first heard her talk about The Center of Everything in the tiny cafe of the now defunct Borders bookstore in 2004. Her fully-fleshed characters and well-developed plots often have me reading into the wee hours of the morning. Her latest book, American Heart, is no different.

Labeled as a young adult dystopia novel, the story is so grounded in realism that it feels like many of her other books which revolve around characters contending with the choice to stand by the social and legal expectations of their worlds or strike out on paths they feel are right and humane. In this vision of the United States, Muslim-Americans must submit themselves to registries and are forced into detainment camps. Read More..

Surprise Skype with Acclaimed Author Laurie Halse Anderson

Breaking news! Laurie Halse Anderson, the New York Times bestselling author of children’s and young adult novels like Chains, Speak, and Wintergirls is coming to us live via Skype on SAT, October 14 from 2-3 PM in our Auditorium.

The call will start at 2:30 PM, but we’ll get the convo started at 2 PM.

“Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous international, national, and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains was also short-listed for the Carnegie medal.” (1)

All ages are welcome, but Teens have a chance to win signed copies of Anderson’s books and browse Message in the Margins, our new teen book club.

(1) Source: Author’s website

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..