Want to get published!? The Kansas City Teen Zine is back! We want to publish the most talented teenagers in Kansas City for Unheard Voices #2! We are looking for submission of essays, book/movie reviews, fiction, photography, art, poetry, comics, drawings, short stories, and more to be published. All work MUST be original. All works will be reviewed by other teens in Kansas City for publication.
Reviewed by Tamara, age 16, of the Waldo Branch Library.
Review for Library Wars: Love & War Vol. 1
 by Kiiro Yumi
This manga takes place in the near future the government has decided to rid the society of books that it labels as inappropriate. These books are seized from bookstores and any people found carrying them by strict MBC (the Media Betterment Committee) officers. The libraries vowed to protect their books from the corrupt government and established their own military task force called the Library Defense Forces. Iku Kasahara is a new recruit on the Library Forces and is excited to finally have the job of her dreams. But will she lose her enthusiasm as her perfect job turns sour when her drill instructor seems to have it out for her?
Warped by Maurissa Guibord
Tessa Brody lives with her father above their bookstore. When her father decides he need more books for their bookstore they go to an auction where they buy four boxes of books and one extra. Inside that box were a tapestry and a book with the words TEXO VITA on it. Tessa convinced her father to let her keep the tapestry and the book so she hung the tapestry in her bedroom wall.
The tapestry had a unicorn running in a forest with a scratch on its cheek that was bloody on it. When Tessa touched the unicorns bloody cheek she had some sort of vision or something and she saw a girl that looked just like her running in a forest and a handsome man named William de Chaucy looking for her.
Yes, Tessa had a past life and she felt like she knew the unicorn in the tapestry some how. And since she first touched the tapestry she kept having these weird dreams where this guy William de Chaucy got changed into a unicorn by an old lady named Gray Lily and she put him in her tapestry.
This year, the Central Library at 14 W 10th St will be participating in the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program and will be handing out free flash drives for each teen who joins us every Sunday in November from 2:00-4:30 for our weekly write-ins! There will be snacks and prizes for everyone who meets their word count goal!
National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan.
In this bittersweet and beautiful retelling of Sleeping Beauty, Sheehan weaves a riveting sci-fi fairytale story that makes you fall in love with the characters and remember them way after you finish the book. It combines heart-breaking emotion that amazes you and revolts you at the same time. The story begins with Rose, A princess to a major company that owns the world and a girl locked in her own dreams. But she's been locked in her dreams so long that she doesn't know when to wake up. As the story goes she,of course, gets "awakened" with a kiss. The modern day twist is that she finds herself sixty-two years into the future with her life more changed and shaken up than ever.