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    by Cindy H | Jul 21, 2017
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    Karl is determined that this will be his year to be normal. Karl has been an integral member of the school support group for troubled teens, that him and his friends lovingly coined "The Madman Underground". Karl's best friends are the Madmen, but he knows he'll have to separate himself from them if he has any hope of avoiding therapy, and the stereotypes that go with it. He finds that shaking the Madmen is going to be harder than he thought, and in the end, is it worth it to be normal anyway?

    This book is extremely engaging. The writer describes the characters and their lives in a way that makes them feel real, almost as though this was a work of nonfiction. It is set in the 1970s, but the story feels like it could take place in present day; I found the references to the time period interesting and informative. I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates stories portraying realistic friendship and family struggles, resilience, and mental illness. This book is recommended for older teens and adults, as there are references to graphic violence, sex, and drug and alcohol abuse. Some people may feel uncomfortable with these aspects of the story, but if you can get past them it really is a captivating and at times agonizing story that will leave you wishing you could spend a day with the Madmen.

    This book is available in print or as an ebook on Overdrive. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by SM | Jul 10, 2017

    These books are new teen mystery novels to puzzle over and solve...

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by SM | Jul 03, 2017

    Here are even more new teen fantasy novels for summer reading...

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Cindy H | Jun 30, 2017
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    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a beautiful story about the love and friendship of two boys living in El Paso, TX. It opens during the summer of 1987. Aristotle, or Ari, is a sweet but troubled teenager. His brother is in prison and he struggles with the fact that his parents don't like to talk about it. He mostly keeps to himself and ponders life and his apparent differences from most of the boys his age, until he meets Dante one day at the swimming pool. They bond over their rather unique names, “We laughed again. We couldn’t stop. I wondered what it was we were laughing about. Was it just our names? Were we laughing because we were relieved? Were we happy? Laughter was another one of life’s mysteries.” Dante is in many ways Ari's opposite; he is outspoken and comes from a very loving and affectionate family; Dante marvels at the fact that they kiss each other on the cheek. They form a deep bond over the summer, and it is lovely to see their relationship progress. Ari learns that he is not happier being a loner, and that Dante has a way of making him see the world in a different way. When a series of events occur that test their friendship, however, Ari has to decide what he wants in life and discover who he truly is.

    This is an excellent book that I had a hard time putting down. This book has won many awards; it is an excellent choice for anyone wanting a story about true love and friendship. Today is the last day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month and reading this book would be a great way to celebrate! Although homosexuality is not the primary focus of the book, it is an important aspect that helps make the story that much more beautiful. This book is available in print, audiobook, and as an ebook and audiobook on Overdrive. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by SM | Jun 26, 2017

    Here are more new teen fantasy novels to read after Midsummer's Eve...

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by SM | Jun 22, 2017

    2017 Teen Chess Tournament

    Play chess, eat pizza and snacks, and have fun. Trophies for winner in three age and skill levels, beginner to advanced. You could win one of the 18 trophies to be given away! Players must register no later than July 21, 2017. Ask your librarian for a registration form. Call the Teen Department at 421-1255 for more information.

    by SM | Jun 22, 2017

    Here are new teen fantasy novels to read for this Midsummer's Eve...

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Cindy H | Jun 16, 2017
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    Heather couldn't believe what she'd just done. She'd jumped off the cliff into the water below, declaring herself a participant in Panic. Everyone at Carp High pays a $1 a day into the pot, no exceptions. At the end of the school year all graduating seniors are eligible to enter into Panic, where they will compete in a number of increasingly dangerous and terrifying tasks until winner takes all in the final challenge, Joust. Heather never intended to play, she was only there to cheer on her best friend, Natalie. When her boyfriend dumps her for another girl, right before she was going to say "I love you" for the first time, jumping off the cliff seems like the only thing to do. Although that was the catalyst, Heather soon finds she has many reasons for entering Panic, and now she is playing to win. The only problem is, so is everyone else, and some people may not play by the rules.

    Dodge's sister almost won Panic a few years ago, until in the final round something happened to her car and she ended up paralyzed from the waist down. Now Dodge is eligible to play, and he is not going to lose out on his chance to exact revenge on the people who hurt his sister. Things start to get complicated, however, when he starts to fall for one of the other players. He knows he must keep his eye on the prize, but things are going to get much more intense than he could have ever imagined.

    This book was exhilarating and kept me on the edge of my seat; I couldn't put it down! Although there is some romance, the primary focus of the book is on getting to know the characters and follow them through their quest to win Panic. The story goes back and forth between Heather and Dodge's perspectives, which gives you an interesting look into not only their thoughts but their views on the other characters as well. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a fast-paced, suspenseful book about realistic characters dealing with difficult and sometimes tragic experiences. This book is available in print,as an ebook and audiobook on Overdrive, or audiobook on Hoopla. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by sm | Jun 12, 2017

    These books are some more new teen science-fiction novels to enjoy as Summer heats up...

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Cindy H | Jun 02, 2017
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    Radley was volunteering at the Paradis des Enfants orphanage in Haiti when the American People's Party took power. The president has been assassinated and the United States is in a state of turmoil. When she heard the news, she rushed to fly home to be with her parents. The orphanage director said he would make sure they knew she was coming, but when she arrives at the airport they are nowhere to be seen. Her cell phone is dead and communications are spotty at best; it seems the United States is a war zone. There are military personnel everywhere and travel has been restricted; no one is allowed to cross state lines without prior authorization. She needs to cross from New Hampshire to Vermont, but without travel papers there is no way she can take a bus. Trying to be as inconspicuous as possible, she decides to walk the dozens of miles home. Starving and exhausted, Radley manages to make it home to Vermont, only to find that her parents are missing. Perhaps they are looking for her? She decides to wait for them, but then police start to show up and with all the confusion she is certain they are after her. Radley soon feels she has no choice but to begin the long and dangerous trek to Canada, a safe haven from the chaos in the United States. Will she ever see her parents again?

    I really enjoyed this book. The writing is from Radley's point of view, so you really feel like you are experiencing her journey along with her. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in dystopian literature, like the Hunger Games or Divergent series, but appreciates a story that seems like it could really take place in present-day United States. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by sm | May 29, 2017

    Here are some new teen science-fiction novels as Summer approaches...

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Ride a roller coaster, shoot lasers from your forehead, and scare yourself out of your skin! All through the magic of Google cardboard!
    --registration may be required
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Let your inner artist shine using this simple process for amazing watercolor results.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Anybody can drum! No experience required. Diane Rogers will lead a lively and enjoyable class on basic drumming techniques and simple dance moves. Drums will be provided, you bring the fun!
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Summer Library Fun - play Bingo and win books! Make sure you invite your friends.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Solve this mystery puzzle by decoding the clues to find out the secrets - Escape Room style!
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Science! “Amp” yourself up for some candy fueled fun! Using a few simple supplies, you will help build an amazing string of undulating gummi bears that span the entire room!
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Learn about henna body art and get a design from a professional artist.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Bring your own device or use the library ipads to compete against your friends in a series of fantastic and fun quizzes! Pokemon, Dr. Who, Star Wars, and everything pop culture, you never know what the next question might be!
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Create mini works of magnetic art you can use on your fridge or locker! Marble magnets are fun to make and trade with friends.
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