Reviews and Blog Posts: Teens


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At the closing of every year, librarians throughout the Denver Public Library system collaborate on a list of their favorite children's and teen publications from that year. Whether you're looking for gift ideas or just a good recommendation to read, here are our suggestions, the best and brightest of 2014.

Browse the titles in our catalog. 

Books for the Very Youngest:

Defining Documentaries

Girl Rising

As film festivals go, DOC NYC is one of the largest documentary film festivals in the world.

Run for your Life! It's GVRs Before Hours Gaming and After Hours Hunger Games Party!

GVR kids and teens snuck into the library two hours before it officially opened on Sunday, November 2. They were there to eat lots of pizza, play games and create magnificent structures in gamespace and real space (with Legos). Local teens Daniel, Raphael and Feven set up special Minecraft servers, and they also helped set out the Legos. Librarian Colleen brought out the Makey Makey and showed kids how to turn anything into a game controller.

Then the extreme gaming began: a game of tag so epic they're still talking about it!

Tell me again how a crush should feel

by Sara Farizan

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Iranian-American Leila has a lot to figure out. Pressure from her parents and their tight knit Persian community tell her to want to be a doctor--but she's horrible at science. She likes girls, but isn't ready to tell anyone yet--it's a good thing there's no one at school to crush...

Rethinking normal : a memoir in transition

by Katie Rain Hill

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Though still a teen herself, Hill already has a life story worth telling. Born Luke, and never comfortable in her own body, Katie grew up depressed and suicidal, with little support from family, friends, or school.

TV and Comics--A Great Combination


You've probably noticed that many new and returning television series have their roots in the comic book world. Whether the shows are strictly based on certain titles (most aren't) or inspired by characters and worlds originally created by comics writers and artists, you can enrich your viewing experience by delving into the backstory of your new favorite hero or antihero.

Here's a list of some TV to comics ties and suggestions for reading to get you started:

The League of Seven

by Alan Gratz

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  Alex is a normal twelve-year-old, only son to two devoted if slightly quirky parents. He hasn't a care in the world until a routine visit to a secret society with his parents leads to them being overpowered by a weird mind-controlling force. Alfie together with his trusty robot Mr. Rivets...

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Far from gringo land

by Edward Myers

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    This book's title caught my attention and I thought I 'd give it a try.  It is written from the perspective of an American teen, Rick Dresner who hails from Denver and  is spending the summer with a family  in a small Mexican town.  He is determined to...

Dakota Skye

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Dakota Skye is a great movie. Dakota isn't the typical teen in a movie. In fact, she's a girl who knows when people are telling the truth. But the power can be tricky when the people around believe they are telling the truth. Who is really telling the truth? And...

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