Here are some of my favorite old and new teen books that you should be reading this month! Want to know more about each of these books? Then find all the staff picks for teens in the catalog.
– Contributed by Dominique, Programs & Outreach Manager
In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.” – Library catalog
“With every book, Colson Whitehead proves his ever-growing genius. He’s a master of the written word and truly one of the greatest living American novelists of our time. I didn’t think it was possible for him to write something better than Underground Railroad, but he most certainly has — The Nickel Boys grabbed me at page one. It’s a mystery and a thriller, a treatise on race and social injustice, and a literary masterpiece all rolled into one. Ellwood and Turner are characters that will stay with me forever. This should be mandatory reading in every classroom.”
— Michelle M., Changing Hands Independent bookstore, Tempe, AZ
Forget zombie wars and horror films; real tragedies overshadow fantasies, and the Chernobyl nuclear accident was one of those real tragedies. Continue reading Voices from Chernobyl
“One of the true readerly delights of summer is heading to the beach (or the back porch)” [or the mountains] “with a book you’re dying to dig into. Whether it’s a traditionally ‘summery’ novel, a new twist on a classic or an inventive take on summer in the city, the bookish possibilities are endless …” Read and enjoy these Shelf Awareness picks. Continue reading Summer Reading: Beach (or Mountain) Grab Bag