Teen Spring 2019 Newsletter

Click the image below for the Spring 2019 Teen Newsletter and see what books will be heading to theaters soon, this month’s teen book club pick, volunteer and scholarship opportunities, and so much more!

Spring 2019 Teen Newsletters
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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A book about a current issue

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book about a current issue.”

 

This category is wide-ranging and the options are nearly limitless. The descriptor, “a current issue,” can cover politics, immigration, the legal system, race and race relations, and medical issues, to name just a few. While the majority of suggestions below are non-fiction titles, you shouldn’t feel restricted in what you choose. APL librarians can work with you to find a title that interests you.

Below are a few suggestions in various topics of books that fit the category “A book about a current issue.”

Community Involvement: Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg 

Class: White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Poverty and the Working Class: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Race: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

Global Warming/Climate Change: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

Poverty and the Working Class: Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh

Race: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Opioids: Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy 

Criminal Justice: The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton (Introduction), Lara Love Hardin, Bryan Stevenson (Foreword)

Poverty and the Working Class: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond 

Water: The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water by Charles Fishman

The South, Race, and the Civil War: In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu

Criminal Justice: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

FeminismOur Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America edited by Amy Reed

Immigration: Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario

Technology: Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter

 Happy reading!

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A Book about Books, Libraries, or Bookstores

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier!

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book about books, libraries, or bookstores.”

 

Some of our favorite books are ones that feature books, libraries, and bookstores. Here are a few of our favorites:

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

Murder at the 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane

The Paris Librarian by Mark Pryor

Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower

Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

Scones and Scoundrels by Molly MacRae

The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett

The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern

Murder at the Library of Congress by Margaret Truman

The Library: A Catalog of Wonders by Stuart Kells

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan

The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton

The Library Book by Suan Orlean

 

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Library Board rules on materials challenges

The Andover Public Library Board of Directors ruled that the books George by Alex Gino (Scholastic Press 2015), Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (Delacorte Press 2016) and I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas (Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin) 2014) will remain located where they are in the Juvenile Fiction and Juvenile Nonfiction sections.  The boards’ decision is final.

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