Category: Teen Book Discussion

We meet one evening of every month in the Teen Room to discuss the book of the month from 6:30-7:30pm. All interested young people in grades 8-12 are welcome. Refreshments are served. Ask for a copy of the current book at the front desk.

September Teen Book Discussion 9/14/16 @ 6:30PM (Grades 8-12)

The book of the month is: ‘Sold’ by Patricia McCormick. Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons… Read more

‘July T/ween Book Discussion’ – Weds, July 6 @ 6:30-7:30pm (Register Grades 5-Up)

‘An award-winning and inspiring novel.  When Jessica’s dreams are shattered, she puts herself back together—and learns to dream bigger than ever before.’ Book of the Month: ‘The Running Dream’ by Wendelin Van Draanen We combined the tween (grades 5-7) and teen (grades 8-12) in the summer for one awesome time of candy and chat.  The summer reading theme is GET IN THE GAME, and this book exemplifies how to get… Read more

June Teen Book Discussion 6/8/16 @ 6:30pm (Grades 8-12)

The book of the month is: Bruiser by Neal Shusterman  Award-winning author Neal Shusterman has crafted a chilling and unforgettable novel about the power of unconditional friendship, the complex gear workings of a family, and the sacrifices we endure for the people we love. Tennyson: Don’t get me started on the Bruiser. He was voted ‘Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty’ by the entire school. He’s the kid no… Read more

May Teen Book Discussion 5/11/16 @ 6:30pm (Grades 8-12)

The book of the month is: The 100 by Kass Morgan No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now. Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it… Read more

April Teen Book Discussion 4/13/16 @ 6:30pm (Grades 8-12)

The book of the month is: ‘My Sisters Keeper’ by Jodi Picoult Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and… Read more

March Teen Book Discussion 3/9/16 @ 6:30pm (Grades 8-12)

The book of the month is: Panic by Lauren Oliver From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes an extraordinary novel of fear, friendship, courage, and hope that Kirkus Reviews says ‘will have readers up until the wee hours,’ School Library Journal raves is ‘fast-paced and captivating,’ and E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars, calls ‘a thrill a minute.’ Panic began as so many things do in Carp,… Read more

February Teen Book Discussion 2/10/16 @6:30pm (Grades 8-12)

This months book is ‘Sickened’ by Julie Gregory. From early childhood, Julie Gregory was continually X-rayed, medicated, and operated on—in the vain pursuit of an illness that was created in her mother’s mind. Munchausen by proxy (MBP) is the world’s most hidden and dangerous form of child abuse, in which the caretaker—almost always the mother—invents or induces symptoms in her child because she craves the attention of medical professionals. Many… Read more

January Teen Book Discussion 1/13/16 @ 6:30pm (Grades 8-12)

In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the ‘monster,’ the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or ‘crank.’ Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne’er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: ‘there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, /… Read more

December Teen Book Discussion 12/9/15 @ 6:30pm (Grades 8-12)

Fat, clumsy Simon Glass is a nerd, a loser who occupies the lowest rung on the high school social ladder. Everyone picks on him — until Rob Haynes shows up. Rob, a transfer student with charisma to spare, immediately becomes the undisputed leader of the senior class. And he has plans for Simon. Rob enlists the help of his crew — wealthy, intellectual, young, ladies’ man Bob, and sweet, athletic… Read more

November Teen Book Discussion TUESDAY, 11/10/15 @ 6:30pm (Grades 8-12)

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel. Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued… Read more