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What would you do to get into your university of choice? Study hard? Do volunteer work? Design an app? If you're trying to get into Stanford like Reshma Kapoor, you know that it might take a little something more than that. Something spectacular. Something that will set you apart from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at TPL Teens
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I read two pretty interesting books this week, both, in a way, about monsters. These two books, though, also couldn't be more different. I thought I'd give them both some airtime. The way it looks is not the way it is. That's what Keir Sarafian keeps telling us. We met... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at TPL Teens
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Moon Girl's Motto Moon Girl is a 10 year old girl genius who's a little obsessive about science. Devil Dinosaur is a bright red T-Rex from an alternative dimension who finds himself unexpectedly on earth. How do they become Best Friends Forever? Well, it's kind of a funny story.... The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at TPL Teens
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"She just wanted to keep being best friends with Gansey forever, and maybe one day also have carnal knowledge of him. This seemed like a very sensible desire, and Blue, as someone who had sought to be sensible her entire life, was feeling pretty damn put out that this small... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at TPL Teens
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"That's what we do sometimes. We let people disappear. We want them to. If everyone just stays quiet and out of the way, then the rest of us can pretend everything's fine. But everything is not fine. Not as long as people like Solomon have to hide. We have to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at TPL Teens
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When brilliant young visual and performing artist Addison Stone falls to her death while installing a new art project over a bridge at night, everyone has lots of questions. Was she killed by one of her two boyfriends? Did she jump on purpose? Was it an accident? To answer these... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at TPL Teens
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It's New Year's Eve. Your parents are partying upstairs with their friends, and they've told you not to bother them. You're having a sleepover on the ground floor with your best friend Remy and your four-year-old sister Turtle. You are seven years old. Then a man in a Santa Claus... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at TPL Teens
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If you like fantasy, you're going to love Noelle Stevenson's new graphic book Nimona. The main character's the girl in the middle, and she's all set on becoming a sidekick to Lord Ballister Blackheart, villain of the realm. With Nimona at his side, defeating goody-two-shoes Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin should be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at TPL Teens
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Seraphina, Rachel Hartman's first novel, was an almost instant bestseller and if you're someone who was glued to each of it's 465 pages the way I was, you'll be excited to hear that the sequel Shadow Scale is even more rich and gripping than the original story. Taken together, Seraphina's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at TPL Teens
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"Here's what I know: I know there are a lot---A LOT--of young people who hate reading. I know that many of these book haters are boys. I know that many of these book-hating boys, don't actually hate books, they hate boredom. If you are reading this, and you happen to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at TPL Teens
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Jonathan might be going to a Catholic school, but unlike his religious mother, he's pretty much an atheist. When his brother Ryan is found dead, Jonathan doesn't have the comfort of believing Ryan is in a better place. He's just gone, and Jonathan is broken by it. Then along comes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at TPL Teens
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If you're a fan of the Doctor, like I am, you'll know that the BBC celebrated the 50th anniversary of his landmark show very recently. 11 Doctors, 11 Stories was created especially to mark this milestone. As the title suggests, each one of the eleven stories stars a different incarnation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at TPL Teens
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If you've read any of Beth Fantaskey's earlier books, you know that the best thing about them is how smart and funny the heroine's narrative voice is. In the past Fantaskey has only written supernatural thriller/romances, but now she's come out with a murder mystery, and I think it's maybe... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at TPL Teens
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Interested in science and animal behavior? Interested in issues around war and social justice? Just looking to read a great adventure tale? Endangered by Eliot Schrefer will satisfy all of these appetites and more. The story of Sophie and her adopted bonobo baby running for their lives in the Congo... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at TPL Teens
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Back in 2010 Alyxandra Harvey came out with the first Drake Chronicles book, Hearts at Stake, and right away I was hooked. I loved the idiosyncratic chemistry and unquestioned loyalty between Solange, born to an ancient vampire family, and Lucy, her human bff. I loved how smart and enterprising the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at TPL Teens
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RookieMag.com is an online magazine created by Tavi Gevinson for smart, multifaceted teen girls. Rookie Yearbook One is a scrapbook-style record of the magazine's first year. And what a glorious year it was! The book is full of quirky yet substantive articles, sharp humour, lush, romantic visuals, and long, detailed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at TPL Teens
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Vampires, werewolves, zombies... haven't we really had enough? There's one group of paranormal entities that hasn't had their fair share of attention lately, and that's the witch. Under My Hat: Tales From the Cauldron This group of short stories by writers like Holly Black, Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at TPL Teens
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The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen Henry's brother took a gun into his high school last year, killed a bully, and then shot himself as well. Now his family is falling apart: his mother is in a mental hospital, and his father trying to hold it all together but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at TPL Teens
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Ink Me is part of "Seven The Series", in which a grandfather's will sends each of his seven grandchildren off on an unexpected adventure. Bernard (or Bunny as he is known) is asked to get the tattoo that his grandfather should have gotten as part of a team of fighter... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2012 at TPL Teens
Great idea! Some other people have made the same suggestion, so we're looking at starting one up. Please call us to be put on the list...days and times are still undecided.
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As a semi-geek who watches Dr. Who, Star Trek and the Big Bang Theory, I'm aware of the time-travel paradox--people who travel backwards in time can drastically change their futures. Well, Josh and Emma, the two teens in this story, don't actually get to travel in time, but they get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2012 at TPL Teens
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Teens who like their love stories a little bit edgy and bittersweet and a lot poetic should check out The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan. Levithan builds this relationship story out of words and their definitions, beginning with aberrant and ending with zenith. It's funny and romantic, yes, (no one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at TPL Teens
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What's one must-read book for the teen fashionista? My vote is on The Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Style by the editors of Seventeen magazine. The Guide to Style breaks teen fashion looks down into six categories (girly, edgy, boho, classic, glam, and indie) and shows how to achieve any of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at TPL Teens
Hi guys! I'm glad you're loving The Agency as much as we all do. Gobika--if you can't find a copy of it in your own library, ask the librarian to place a hold for you. Then it will be sent to your library for you to pick up. It's free and easy--we do it all the time! Myurika and Gowrika--sorry for the confusion, the book's author is not Sherlock Holmes, it's Y.S. Lee. I mentioned Sherlock because he is another very famous Victorian detective that many people like to read about. I'm sure Ms. Lee would be flattered by the comparison!
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Thanks for the link--there are a few here I'm curious to see. I'll be pointing a few other people this way too!
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