Teens & YA @ BPL

Book Reviews by Teens!


Earthling! by Mark Fearing and Tim Rummel

This graphic novel is about a nine year old boy named Bud. Bud’s dad moves them to a new deserted town so that he can work a new job. They live in an old house around hundreds of huge satellite dishes. Bus is not thrilled. The next morning after moving in he starts his first day of school. But on accident he gets on the wrong bus. This bus is filled with aliens, he is going to a space academy. He meets a friend Gort who helps him along the way. The real question is if they will figure out who he really is and how to get him back. Along the way he makes new friends and goes through struggles trying to not blow his cover. This book is a definite science fiction novel, has wonderful illustrations and has a coming of age theme. Hidden behind the apparent problem of getting home, Bud deals with struggling to fit in. This can almost be seen as a metaphor for how some kids feel on their first day of school. They feel like an outsider and almost want to hide. Bud makes friends with the kids who aren’t seen as athletic or popular, like him. I definitely recommend this book to kids and teens. It is a good quick story to read and has a lot of space humor. We get to see how aliens live their lives as kids. 5/5

Review by AHL


Little & Lion

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Little and lion is a novel that gives the reader an inside look on Suzette or Suz, a 16 year old girl who lives in California’s life. Suzette comes home from her boarding school to stay with her family for the summer. She lives with her recently diagnosed bipolar brother Lionel or Lion, her step-dad Saul and her mom. Lion and Suzette are basically inceprable [sic] till things start to change and secrets are revealed. While all of this is going on, Suzette deals with a boycrush and starting to feel attraction to girls as well. But there’s one major problem: Suzette and Lion have feelings for the same girl. This book is a black hole of love and confusion as Suzette struggles with her sexuality and a brother who needs help. This book covers many topics that teens struggle with including mental illness, sexuality, gender, drugs, alcohol, and more. This book was something different to read. As it is Pride Month, I decided to start a different book. It was a mix of highs and lows, but came together to form an awesome book. I definitely recommend this book but be aware that it is for an older age group. 5/5

Review by AHL

Quilting For A Cause


Quilting for a Cause starts up this week!

Join Miss Becky and learn how to make quilts for local nonprofit organizations in need.
No sewing experience required. All levels welcome!

This Thursday, June 14, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Summer Reading Information!


Libraries Rock!
Grades 6-12

 Registration for Teen &Young Adult Summer Reading begins Monday, June 4. Complete challenges to earn prizes and be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for a chance to win a pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones. All who finish are also invited to the Teen & YA Party in August.


YA Creative Works Exhibit:
Libraries Rock!

Bust out your creative side and submit a piece
of artwork or media for the YA Creative Works Exhibit.             Submissions will be accepted throughout Summer Reading, and the exhibit will begin in August. Entries are due by Saturday, July 28.

Ages 10-17


Summer Volunteering at the Library

Teens entering 6th grade or older this fall can earn service hours and have fun helping out with Summer Reading. The deadline for applications is Friday, June 1. Apply at the Information Desk.

Mark your calendars for the required volunteer training session Friday, June 8, at 4 p.m. You must contact the Youth Services     Department at 708-485-6917, ext. 140 to set up a one-on-one session if you can’t attend on June 8.

Thanks for volunteering!