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Awaken, by Katie Kacvinsky

Teen Reviewer: Keely McLouth

Imagine a world full of technology, but not like what we have now. Imagine something more, a lot more, different. Where people can't remember what it's like to have human contact with people other than their families. Yes, they are in each other's presence, but they aren't connecting.

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The Chaos, by Nalo Hopkinson

Teen Reviewer: Abigail Borne

The Chaos is centered on Sojourner, aka “Scotch”, who starts developing black blemishes all over her body. She dreads going to school and fears that somebody might discover her past if she’s not careful. When her parents go out of state, she and her brother Rich see a chance to be free of their overbearing parents.

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.

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.

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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?

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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.

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.

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!

Paul Meets Bernadette
By Rosy Lamb

Paul is a goldfish. Paul likes to swim, swim, swim all day in his goldfish bowl. Then, Bernadette dropped in. SPLASH! Bernadette is also a goldfish. Paul continues to swim, swim, and swim. Bernadette wonders why Paul swims around all day long. “What else is there to do?” Paul inquires. Bernadette begins to show Paul the wonders of the objects outside of their bowl with some of her own hilarious interpretations. Paul is not only excited to learn about the new discoveries outside of his bowl, but also excited about his new friend, Bernadette. Full of beautiful brush stroke-like illustrations, Paul Meets Bernadette is a sweet story about two new friends creating a bond through insight and exploration.

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.

Inside Comics Plus - Library Edition, you can find volumes of some of your favorite comics. Many of these texts are out of print with the publisher, but are now available at the click of a checkout button. From classic favorites like Charlie Brown and The Peanuts, Garfield, Marmaduke, and Dilbert to Viz Media titans like BLEACH, Dragonball, Naruto, and One Piece, Comics Plus has a little something for every comic book enthusiast. You may even find something new to read in the collection.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Still have questions? Check out this page for the answers!

See you this summer at the library!

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.

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.

But, on their mission to do so, they are separated and abandoned in a wasteland that is no longer empty. As they journey back together they experience many hardships, such as betrayals and abandonment. But even those tragedies are no match for the brewing war.

The Sea of Shadows was an extraordinary book. It was written wonderfully and with care. It made me feel as though I was right with the characters all along. It was an amazing book. I literally could NOT put it down. The characters were very realistic. They even had realistic reactions. Even the minor characters had realistic reactions. Even so, the ending made you need the next book, it was so good. BUT, I personally could have gone without the cliffhanger ending. Regardless, it was a great book. 5 stars.

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