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Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week 2009

Express Your Opinionated Side

Write a review of the most recent book you've read for the web site. Turn it in at your library branch and get a Library coupon good for $1 off your fines, toward your printing, check out a feature DVD, or snag some ear buds. And, each time you turn in a review it gets entered into a drawing for an iTunes gift card!

Share Your Artistic Side

Life in Hungary during the Nazi Occupation and Cold War Era

These memoirs and histories depict life in Hungary – from World War II to living under Communist rule to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Red Scare: Anti-Communism in the U.S.

The anti-Communist movement in the United States grew to a fever pitch in the 1950s. These books explore the impact, history, and personal stories of the Red Scare.

George Washington: Recent Books

These books about the first President of the United States include recent biographies, examinations of specific aspects of his life, and more.

Tell Your Own Story

This is the month for celebrating stories! The Library has many events with storytellers and authors, plus books to help you tell stories of your own. Here’s a list of storytelling titles to get you started.

History of Israel

Learn all about Israel’s turbulent history in these books at the Library.

Award winning local authors

Donna Trussell prepares to sign her book at the Thorpe Menn Award at the Kansas City Library.

One of Kansas City’s most appreciated literary awards was given on Saturday, October 3 at the Central Library.

The Supreme Court

How has the U.S. Supreme Court evolved over the years? These books explore the history of the Supreme Court and some of its landmark cases.

Memoir Writing

These books at the Library all explore the art and craft of memoir writing.

Civil War Era Novels

These historical novels all take place during the Civil War or immediately afterward.

Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2008

Banned Books Week

It’s Banned Books Week from September 26 – October 3, 2009, a time for everyone to celebrate their freedom to read. This list includes the top 10 books of 2008 most frequently challenged (books that individuals or groups attempted to remove or restrict). For more books, check out the American Library Association’s list of all books challenged and banned in 2008-2009 (pdf).

Teen Book Review;

The Homeward Bounders, by Diana Wynne Jones; Reviewed by Leah Merrill

In this high stakes science fiction novel from the ever inventive Ms. Jones, twelve year old Jamie Hamilton discovers a secret he should never have known. His world-and every other world-is just a game played by the mysterious demon "Them." Wars are played out in turns, and the loss of life is dependant on the toss of dice.

Teen Book Review;

The Gathering, by Michael Carroll; Reviewed by Anne Hentzen

This book is about a group of young superheroes. Colin-the son of Titan, a flying superhero, and Energy, a superhero who can control energy- are dealing with identity issues. Danny is the son of Quantum, who predicted that he would lead a war against humans. Danny saw the prophecy as well, and is frightened by the vividness of the vision, including the mechanical arm. Renata, aka Diamond, is a superhuman who has been frozen for 10 years, has just woken up and has lost ten years without aging.

Experiments in Living

These memoirs all recount experiments in living (most within a one-year time frame), from eating locally to reading the Oxford English Dictionary to cooking every recipe in a classic cookbook.

Private Detective Mysteries

The private detectives in these novels feature women solving the crimes – from V.I Warshawski to Sharon McCone to Kinsey Millhone. For more books with these women on the case, check out their mystery series.