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.
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.
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!
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.
Alice in the Country of Hearts, Omnibus Vol. 1, by QuinRose
Teen Reviewer: Erica Whorton
Alice in the Country of Hearts is a manga series based on the Japanese game Alice in the Country of Hearts Wonderful Wonder World, which in itself is a re-imagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
Fairy tales, myths and classic tales. We can’t get enough of them, and luckily publishers and authors agree! Below is a list of retellings, and if you STILL can’t get enough ask your local librarian for more recommendations, or check out this massive list that Epic Reads compiled: http://www.epicreads.com/blog/an-epic-chart-of-162-young-adult-retellings/
07-Ghost by Yukino Ichihara, Yuki Amemiya
Teen Reviewer: Erica Whorton
Teito Klein was once an orphan and a slave. All he has ever known was to obey orders that were given to him and to never betray the military. Not having a full grasp of his memories was fine with him until he meets the person responsible for his capture.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Teen Reviewer: Keely McLouth
Mysterious and painfully beautiful, this ending to the Divergent trilogy left me in tears, wishing there was more to soak up. A cross of romance, struggle, and war, the dystopian society feels real to the bones.
April is National Poetry Month, but here's a way to enjoy poetry year-round. Collections of poetry, entire stories told through poems, books about the impact of poetry on teen lives - there is something for everyone. Try one or several of the books below. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to write your own poem.
Click here to check out poems by other Kansas City teens.
Books of Poetry
Did you know that in addition to all of the FREE resources to help you learn provided by the Kansas City Public Library, there are also some amazing free resources online? Check out all of these websites!
Coursera.org – Here you can take the same courses that they are taking at the top universities in the country for FREE!
Ted.com - Watch these inspirational videos highlighting great ideas that you should know about.
Enjoy these teen reads for Women's History Month.
Historical Teen Fiction:
- The Good Braider: a novel by Terry Farish — Sudanese refugees
- Newes from the Dead: Being a True Story of Anne Green, Hanged for Infanticide at Oxford Assizes in 1650, Restored to the World and Died Again 1665 by Mary Hooper — 1650 Oxford, England
- Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl — 19th Century England
- Copper Sun by Sharon Draper — 1700s American slavery
Due to the snow this event has been rescheduled for March 4th!
This is an all day trip where you will tour the capitol and meet with your representatives to make REAL CHANGE!
Librarians, library trustees and friends from across Missouri come together for the Missouri Library Association's Advocacy Day to meet with State Representatives and Senators to discuss the importance of all libraries and their contributions to the lives of Missourians.
Food will be provided and we are happy to verify the trip with your school administration.
A personal memoir carries a glance into American history. Illustrate this story as a graphic novel. When these elements blend, it takes readers back in time. Here, we travel sixty years. We join those central to the Civil Rights movement, watch the sit-ins, and ask ourselves, “Do I have the courage that they did?”
Can teens make a difference? Anyone who says “no” hasn’t heard of Malala Yousafzai. The sixteen year survived a bullet to her head a little over a year ago. Why? She spoke out about the importance of girls being educated, something that the Taliban did not allow. Now that she is out of the hospital and living in England, she continues vocally attesting to girls’ right to attend school.