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All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior

All Joy and No Fun

As a parent of a seven-month-old, I was curious about All Joy and No Fun as it made the rounds through my friends’ Goodreads accounts. My interest was piqued by friends’ reviews and with Jennifer Senior’s visit to the Library in early June.

Teen Review: Shelter

Shelter by Harlan Coben

Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel, by Harlan Coben

Teen Reviewer: Jade Johann

This book is about a teenage boy named Mickey Bolitar who is facing major life changes. How would you feel if you witnessed your father’s death, had your mom go into rehab, and then have to live with your uncle and move to a different school? These are things Mickey is dealing with. His life is a roller coaster spinning out of control.

Program Notes: In Name Only (1939)

In Name Only movie poster

1939’s In Name Only was made under the Hollywood Production Code. It managed to bend the usual rules out of shape and should have been on the code’s naughty list. How did they get away with it?

Teen Review: A World Without Princes

Book Cover

A World Without Princes, by Soman Chainani

Teen Reviewer: Abigail Borne

A World Without Princes centers once again on Sophie and Agatha, who are finally home. Having escaped the school master, they can now live in peace…or so they thought.

Teen Review: The Space Between

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

The Space Between, by Brenna Yovanoff

Teen Reviewer: Keely McLouth

Darkly beautiful and twisted, The Space Between is a mysterious story unlike any book I've ever read. With many twists and turns, Brenna Yovanoff's writing continues to surprise me. This book touched my heart with many waves of emotions as Daphne and Truman take on a dangerous adventure to save Daphne's brother from the most threatening duo on Earth.

New Friends: Tales about Friendship

Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb

For those of us fortunate enough to have good friends in our life, we understand how important they are! Friends are fun, friends are trustworthy, and friends are there to help you when in need. Here are some fun books about characters creating new friendships!

Comics Plus!: Checkout Comic Books from any device!

For manga or graphic novel lovers, or any fan of the sequential art form, comes Comics Plus - Library Edition! Through Comics Plus and The Kansas City Public Library, patrons with a library card and email address can checkout free e-comics. With a 10-book maximum for a 7-day checkout, kids, teens, and even adults can access a wide range of comics, classic favorites, and full manga series all from your own personal or public computer, phone, or tablet device.

Program Notes: The Cat and the Canary (1939)

The Cat and the Canary movie poster

Baby boomers who grew up watching Bob Hope on television may not realize that he was a major movie star as well. In 1939’s “old dark house” film, The Cat and the Canary, Hope is clearly the most interesting thing on the screen.

Teen Review: Bite-Sized Magic

Bite Sized Magic book cover

Bite-Sized Magic: A Bliss Novel, Book 2, by Kathryn Littlewood

Teen reviewer: Abigail Borne

Bite-sized Magic is centered on Rosemary Bliss, who won the Gala des Gateaux Grands baking competition, beating her evil aunt Lilly and winning back the Bliss Cookery Booke. Sadly this brings her much unwanted fame. All Rose wants to do is bake sweets with her family at their bakery.

Book Review: The Little Piano Girl by Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald

The Little Piano Girl by Ann Ingalls

Mary Lou Williams is a music legend. We know her as the most famous female composer and pianist who arranged music for big names like Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman. Her jazz music has touched people’s lives all over the world. During her lifetime, Mary traveled to New York, Paris, England, and all over Europe to perform and inspire her fans.

Book Reviews

Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct Series

Ed McBain’s 57th Precinct Series

When it comes to reading mystery series, I generally follow a simple procedure: Start with the third or fourth book in the series and then work back at some later point if the author grabs me.

Teen Review: Changeling

Changeling by Philippa Gregory

Changeling, Order of Darkness series, by Philippa Gregory

Teen Reviewer: Zeke Pedrino

I think that Changeling: The Order of Darkness Book One is a fantastic book. I think this book is fantastic because it is fast paced and has action, which I am fond of. It also has a lot of religious based ways, most are catholic, which is surprising and allows me to learn about other religions.

Summer Reading Is Here!

Win a tablet!

The Summer Reading Program is back and this year we are again giving away a tablet computer at your local branch! Come into the library for all of our awesome events this summer and while you're there register for the Summer Reading Program.

Every book review that you fill out (And they can be short!) wins you a library buck, an entry to win the tablet, and the admiration of your Teen Services Librarian.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Motherland by Maria Hummel

Motherland by Maria Hummel


Maria Hummel’s historical novel, Motherland, tells the tense and turbulent survival tale of a Third Reich family in Germany near the end of the war.

Teen Review: Sea of Shadows

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Sea of Shadows, by Kelley Armstrong

Teen Reviewer: Grace Anne Pedrino

Twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and Seeker of their small village, Edgewood. The Keeper and Seeker's job is to keep quiet the souls of the Damned - the dead people's souls.