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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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Vote Now for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten of 2012

Every year, the Young Adult Library Services Association celebrates the best in new YA fiction, chosen by teens! You have until September 15 to vote for your favorite titles. Click here to access the survey and here to see the full list of nominated books. If you haven’t read all the books nominated, why don’t you check one out today? The list includes everything from contemporary romance to high fantasy to graphic novels!

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Teen Book Club

We’re starting a teen book club! Are you passionate about books? Would you like to discuss what you’ve read with other teens that love books? Then come to our first meeting!

When: Thursday, September 20
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: Lawrence Public Library Gallery

At the first meeting you can pick up your copy of our first month’s selection, Perks of Being a Wallflower, a classic coming-of-age novel about a shy teen boy, told in the form of letters that read more like diary entries.

We will also discuss:

  • A name for our book club
  • Best dates and times for future meetings
  • Books we’ll read in the future

Open to teens in grades 6-12. Space is limited; please register by calling 785-843-3833  x121.

Back to School Reading List

It’s back to school time! After a fun summer, it’s time to load backpacks with notebooks and pencils and head back to the classroom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t read books for fun! Here’s a list of books about the challenges of high school. Read More..


Teen Picks: “Tales of the Madman Underground” by John Barnes

Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes

What’s it about? It’s 1973 and Karl Shoemaker’s life is in disarray. After his dad died Karl’s mother forgot how to be a mother so she became an alcoholic instead. She steals all the money he makes from his five-after school jobs and goes to bed with a new man each night. Because of his life situation, his high school sends him and seven other kids to group therapy. His best friend, Paul, calls them the “Madman Underground”. This year though, Karl is determined to be normal, or, at least, as normal as a guy with his life can be. The first step to normalcy is leaving the Madman Underground for good. But can Karl really leave the people who not only know all his stories, but have shared all of theirs as well? Find out in this hilarious, uncensored, and utterly crazy novel by John Barnes.

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Teen Picks: “Fall for Anything” by Courtney Summers

Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers

What is it about? Eddie Reeves’ hands are dead. She hasn’t been able to feel them ever since the night she found her father lying on the ground where he committed suicide by jumping off of the roof of an abandoned warehouse. Her best friend Milo thinks she died that night too. She’s not so sure he’s entirely wrong. Read More..

Teen Picks: “The Adoration of Jenna Fox” by Mary E. Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

What is it about? Jenna Fox cannot remember anything about her life before the “accident”. She doesn’t know her middle name, her favorite color, and she doesn’t even recognize the people that call themselves her parents. After waking up from a year-long coma all she has left are hundreds of home videos made by her parents. In them, she sees a girl with life and talent and friends. Kara and Locke were her friends and she listens to them plead to her in her sleep. But this still doesn’t tell her who Jenna Fox was and who she is now. Read More..

Teen Picks: “Stupid Fast” by Geoff Herbach

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

What’s it about? Felton Reinstein has a Jew-fro. Or at least that’s what his mother calls it because his dad was a short, Jewish man, who liked to read poetry. But then why is Felton fifteen and already over six foot tall? Why is he the second fastest guy behind Ken Johnson in his school? And why, suddenly, are all of the jocks and sports coaches contacting him? Read More..

Meet the Author: Tessa Gratton

On August 25th, we’re hosting three young adult authors for a library event: Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, and Tessa Gratton. Their new short story collection, The Curiosities, grew out of their collaboration as the Merry Sisters of Fate. Before the big day, we’re giving you a taste of their work.

Tessa Gratton’s debut novel, Blood Magic, is a dark paranormal romance set in a small Missouri town. Told in alternating first person point of views mixed with diary entries, it’s a tale of witchcraft that fans of Twilight and Hex Hall will enjoy.

Silla’s has just lost her parents in an apparent murder-suicide when a mysterious package is sent to her from someone known only as the Deacon. The package contains a spell book in her dad’s handwriting, though she never knew her father was anything other than the local Latin teacher. When she tries her first spell in the graveyard bordering her house, Nick, her new neighbor, witnesses her turn a dead leaf green again with just a bit of salt and a drop of blood. Nick is no stranger to blood magic, and it’s no coincidence he’s moved in next door to Silla. Together they uncover the truth of their pasts and the magic that runs in their veins.

Tessa’s next book, The Blood Keeper, is due out this fall and is another tale of mystery and magic. But it isn’t all blood and witches for Tessa. Next year, she’ll release the first book in a new series, The Songs of Asgard, an alternative history of the US where the Norse gods walk among us.

To find out more about Tessa, visit her website. Check out Blood Magic today, before she visits the library!