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Abandon - Teen Book Review

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Through every city he shall hunt her down,
until he shall have driven her back to hell.
There from whence envy first did set her loose.

Greek Mythology is never anyone's favorite thing to listen to but Meg Cabot weaves a dark romance story from the Classic tale of the godesss Persephone who was kidnapped by the God of the Underworld Hades.

17 year old Pierce knows exactly what it's like to die after she has a Near Death Experience in her family's backyard pool and drowns trying to rescue an injured bird. More than an hour passes before she's finally revived by the paramedics. Even after 2 years Pierce is haunted by her memories of the underworld but more haunted by the mysterious death diety who tried to keep her there.

Book Reviews

Summer Escapes: Historical Fiction Reads for Women

For many men, the fantasy of escaping the drudgery of their daily lives includes strapping on a sabre, affecting an accent, a-swashin’ and a-bucklin’ through the rigging, clutching a buxom wench, a pint o’ ale and a parrot spewing colorful invective.

Library Life

No Girls Allowed! (Unless You're in Charge)

Readers are Leaders

Promoting reading to kids in local schools is one of the most fundamental services of a children’s librarian. And in her more than three decades at the Kansas City Public Library, Sandra Jones has gotten plenty of kids to read. But she’s never met a group quite like the one she recently faced – and tamed – at Banneker Elementary.

Book Reviews

Papa Knows Best: 4 Novels Co-Starring Ernest Hemingway

It wasn’t enough for Ernest Hemingway to be one of the largest literary lions of the 20th century. His written works brought him celebrity and his many marriages, dalliances, and adventures were fodder for tabloids.

Local History

Video: What's on the Wornall House's Bookshelves?

In seeking ways to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War at his library, Plaza Branch Manager Joel Jones didn’t have to look far. There was a perfect partner just a few blocks away.

Book Reviews

Classic Review: The Wedding by Dorothy West

Dorothy West

What is more appropriate for June than a wedding, or The Wedding by Dorothy West?  Published in 1995, it, together with the story collection, The Richer the Poorer, constitutes the final output from the Harlem Renaissance generation of writers.

Book Reviews

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht reads like a piece of allegorical art. It is a literary creation to be savored, debated, enjoyed, and interpreted differently by each person who experiences its mysterious creativity.

How to Sign Up for Summer Reading

Remember that feeling from your childhood of the beginning of summer? That feeling of anticipation the end of the school year holds or waking up that marvelous first morning of summer vacation full of expectation? What did you do with those summers of your childhood?

Featured Authors

"Macbeth Mondays" This Way Come

Bruce Roach

For a while there, it looked as if Birnam Wood would not come to Southmoreland Park, toil and trouble would not bubble in view of the Nelson-Atkins’ shuttlecocks, and cries of “Out, damned spot!” would not sound across midtown Kansas City.

Library Life

Volunteer Profile: An Enterprising Reader

The H&R Block Business and Career Center was designed, in part, to help people get their own businesses up and running. Now, one local entrepreneur has crossed to the other side of the help desk, where, as a Library volunteer, she works with customers not unlike herself.

Book Reviews

Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea may just be one of the most well-known works of non-fiction around today. It’s a tricky one to avoid hearing about. If you haven’t read it, someone you know has, or you’ve seen one of the thousands of interviews given by co-author Greg Mortenson.

Featured Authors

Twice-Told Tales: Andrei Codrescu's Arabian Nights and 6 Other Famous Retellings

Andrei Codrescu has always been interested in the ways stories are told. As a poet, essayist, novelist, and founder of the avant-garde journal Exquisite Corpse – not to mention his hilarious NPR commentaries – Codrescu has made a name for himself as a master at both creating and exploding narrative forms.

Learn Something

How to Help Victims of the Joplin Tornado

The day after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, destroying a quarter of the city and resulting in 123 deaths, the Joplin Public Library was open for business.

Summer Reading Coming Soon

Summer Reading logo

The Kansas City Public Library wants to partner with you on your reading adventures this summer! Starting June 1, for every three hours you read, you can win a prize. Read for 12 hours to complete the program and earn a book plus other prizes. There will also be drawings for additional prizes, so make sure and get your name in for a chance to win!

Book Reviews

Yarn: Remembering the Way Home by Kyoko Mori

The current popularity of knitting as a craft comes from its versatility and creativity. As a teenager in 1960s Japan, Kyoko did not view knitting in such positive ways. For her, it was a symbol of repression.