Reviews and Blog Posts: Teenagers

The Park Service

by Ryan Winfield

DPL Rating:
3

The time is 900 years in a post-apocalyptic future and humanity lives underground. At 15 they are assigned their life jobs and at 35 they are retired to “Eden”.  Aubrey Van Houten, the main character, is assigned to work with the Foundation or Park Service.  A train crash strands him...

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

DPL Rating:
5

Eleanor and Park is an unusual and incredible story of teenage love.

Good kings bad kings : a novel

by Susan Nussbaum

DPL Rating:
5

This book was incredible. Taking the voices of several teenagers living in a juvenile nursing home and the stories of a few assistants working at the facility, Nussbaum weaves together a narrative that reads much like a documentary film. Each character tells their story in such an authentic voice, I...

Grief girl : my true story

by Erin Vincent

DPL Rating:
3

Trigger warnings for Grief Girl include, but are not limited to: death, domestic abuse, disordered eating, self harm, suicidal thoughts, neglect, and sexual harassment.  

This is not a book you read to feel good about humanity.

Monument 14

by Emmy Laybourne

DPL Rating:
4

What happens when a group of teenagers is left to survive the effects of an earthquake in Colorado?  Emmy Laybourne writes this realistic take on a natural disaster with unnatural chemical side effects.  Monument 14 takes place in the next decade, when a major earthquake in the United States causes a chemical...

The kingdom keepers

by Ridley Pearson

DPL Rating:
4

Five teens, including Finn Whitman, are hired by Disney World to be Disney hosts.  Holographic images of the teens wander Disney World interacting with park visitors.  Everything seems fine until Finn and the others start having strange, very realistic dreams of Disney World after closing.  Evil powers are at work. ...

National American Heart Month

Health Heart for Life

February is National American Heart Month.

 Did you know the following facts:

  • The heart pumps about 1 million barrels of blood during an average lifetime.
  • The aorta, the largest artery in the body, is almost the diameter of a garden hose.
  • Your heart beats about 100,000 times in one day and about 35 million times in a year. During an average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times.*

The following books can help you maintain a healthy heart:

Ten thousand saints

by Eleanor Henderson

 Jude’s Mom makes and sells glass bongs. His dad left when he was nine. Teddy’s dad is long gone and his alcoholic Mom, Queen Bee, will soon be as well. Jude and Teddy listen to punk and spend their days in a small Vermont town getting high on various drugs...

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