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  • Midnight at the Electric — Teen Review
    review by John Chon, age 15     Midnight at the Electric was an electrifying book. It took me through three different timelines as the main character explores them all through a series of letters she receives. Adri, our protagonist, is chosen to live on Mars with others already there. She is an emotionless person who lacks […]
  • How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child — Teen Review
    review by Nina Dinan, age 14 How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana with Abigail Pesta     This is a story of loss and discovery, of grief and triumph, and of unflagging resilience in the face of tragedy and hardship.     Sandra Uwiringiyimana lives with her family in a yellow house in Uvira, […]
  • Dear Martin — Teen Review
    review by Jacob Chon, age 15 Dear Martin by Nic Stone     Justyce McAllister is a normal, African American high-school student who lives in the lower income part of town. Although his financial standing is disadvantageous, he has a scholarship to a prestigious private school. Justyce is a rising star in the debate team and has his circle […]
  • Teen Advisory Board — January 2018
    Pasadena Public Library, Teen Advisory Board, 1/22/2018   Present: Brittany, Chris, Denisse, Enrique, Faith, John, Jonathan G, Kristina, Maya, Sophie, Thomas   Focus of January meeting: STEAM, succession plan, SRC graphics   Agenda   Discussion (45 minutes) STEAM Makey Makey for kids Feb 28 (starts 5pm) – Chris, Jonathan G, Denisse Gamemaker for teens Apr […]
  • Black Swan Green –Teen Review
    review by Kristina Yin, age 17 Black Swan Green by David Mitchell     Black Swan Green is the spiritual descendant of coming-of-age books like Catcher in the Rye and Great Expectations, but because of its modernity and realism, it is far more interesting and relatable than its ancestors. Although it is not a page-turner or has a particularly interesting […]
  • The Sandcastle Empire — Teen Review
    review by John Chon, age 15 The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson Summary: When all hope is gone, how do you survive? Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed. Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has […]
  • Generation One — Teen Review
    review by Jacob Chon, age 15 Generation One by Pittacus Lore     Generation One follows Taylor, a teenage girl living in a sleepy Midwest town. She enjoys the monotony of life and plans to take over the family farm when she grows old enough. Having survived an alien invasion with minimal consequences, Taylor’s life seems normal.  However, she begins […]