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Teens

The Way of Kings

Swordsman standing on sandy cliffReviewed by Tom Han, Teen Advisory Council

The Way of Kings by experienced fantasy author Brandon Sanderson is the first book of the epic, ten novel Stormlight Archives series. It’s set in the unique, magical world of Roshar with its own vibrant culture, people, and history. The novel follows three main characters and their individual, seemingly separate stories. Kaladin was a gallant soldier who was betrayed by his comrades and sold into slavery; Shallan is a noble scholar who must steal a magical relic to save her family; and Dalinar is a renowned “Highprince” who begins to receive disturbing visions and prophecies. Each character is related to and impacted by the main conflict in the novel: The War of Reckoning. After the former king of Alethkar, Gavilar, was assassinated by the Parshendi people, the ten princedoms of Alethkar unite to wage a war of vengeance and punishment against the Parshendi on the Shattered Plains. The war shapes the stories of all three main characters and slowly ties their lives together as the story progresses.

They Both Die at the End

By Adam Silveira

Review by Isabelle Zheng, Teen Advisory Council

 Two people walking with NYC skyline in the background On behalf of everyone here at Death-Cast, we are so sorry to lose you. Live this day to the fullest, okay? They Both Die at the End beautifully portrays the sheer vulnerability and power of human beings, along with how a single friendship can change one’s entire life in a short day. They Both Die at the End, published 2017, is one Adam Silvera’s best known books along with More Happy Than Not, published in 2015, and What if It’s Us, published in 2018. It takes place in a dystopia where a company called Death-Cast calls people to warn them of their death 24 hours before it happens.

A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Upside Down Dog on book coverReviewed by Tom Han, Teen Advisory Council

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by U.K author Mark Haddon is no ordinary young adult novel. It follows an autistic 15 year old boy named Christopher and his first person perspective of the world and his surroundings. The book offers a refreshing take on the young adult genre with its unique point of view of real, human conflicts while being funny and touching at the same time.

Fifteen Lanes

Fifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw

Review by Nicolai Hughes, Teen Advisory Council

Bullet-hole in GlassFifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw is an award-winning Canadian novel, and it's clear to see why.
It's a groundbreaking story set in Mumbai that refuses to gloss over difficult topics like teen
mental illness, the sex trade, self harm and suicide, as well as other important issues. It
follows the story of two teenage girls, each coming from vastly different backgrounds and
situations, who grow to understand each other's hardships, and form an unbreakable bond
because of it. It's an emotionally taxing read, with a writing style so raw and real that you
may have to take time between chapters just to allow everything to sink in. If you're looking
for a thought-provoking story to truly change your perspective, I would highly recommend
picking up Fifteen Lanes.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses By: Sarah J. Maas

Reviewed by Minhal Farrukh, Teen Advisory Council 

A woman in lace and maribou against a red sky and a forest backgroundThis novel tells a story of a 19-year-old Feyre, who finds herself in a world of faeries after unknowingly killing one. When she kills a faerie in the woods to feed her family, a beast comes to take her away to the spring court where she has to live forever as her punishment. Feyre than discovers that her captor is not a beast but a man whose named Tamlin. He is one of the high lord who once ruled their world but was taken over by a queen who is evil. Feyre must find a way to stop it or doom Tamlin and his world forever. 

I'll Give you the Sun

Book CoverI'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Review by Nicolai Hughes, Teen Advisory Council

This book is an intriguing read from start to finish. Nelson has a
unique and real way of storytelling that keeps you hooked throughout. The plot of the novel
revolves around the complications of growing up, especially the need for adaptability in
relationships. The story revolves around the familial relationship between the two
sibling-protagonists, and the way their priorities shift away from each other as they get older.

Get Caught Reading!

Get Caught Reading: T(w)een Summer Reading Challenge

(Ages 11+)

June 22 - August 24

Read and complete weekly challenges to help your pack be the city-wide champion. Join us June 22nd to register during our activity-packed Get your Summer Read on Day event or register anytime at your local branch. Get Caught Reading all summer until August 24th!

Thank you to the Western Fair District for their generous support.

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Summer Fun 2019

Across the city, we're getting ready for the best summer ever! Find details about our city-wide party on June 22 and more:

The Bird and the Blade

The Bird and the Blade

bloody feathers and text saying the bird and the bladeBy Megan Bannen

Reviewed by Vanessa

An apple. A choice. A song. A kiss.

You will all be familiar with fairy tale retellings, but have you heard of an opera retelling? This is a retelling of the opera Turandot. Never heard of it? No worries! Not knowing the plot and ending ahead of time may just make this story even more exciting than it already is.

Celebrate YOUth!

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We are celebrating National Youth Week, May 1-7, 2019.
We love engaging with youth in our libraries.
Drop in to your local library to see what we have to offer for YOUth this week and every week!