Teen Book Club – ‘The Year of the Reaper’

Join us for a discussion about our book of the month, The Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier. Registration required. Sign up to receive a copy of the book from the library. Meetings will be held in a hybrid format (both in-person and online); a link will be sent one week prior.

Summary from Goodreads:

Before an ambush by enemy soldiers, Lord Cassia was an engineer’s apprentice on a mission entrusted by the king. But when plague sweeps over the land, leaving countless dead and devastating the kingdom, even Cas’ title cannot save him from a rotting prison cell and a merciless sickness.

Three years later, Cas wants only to return to his home in the mountains and forget past horrors. But home is not what he remembers. His castle has become a refuge for the royal court. And they have brought their enemies with them.

When an assassin targets those closest to the queen, Cas is drawn into a search for a killer… one that leads him to form an unexpected bond with a brilliant young historian named Lena. Cas and Lena soon realize that who is behind the attacks is far less important than why. They must look to the past, following the trail of a terrible secret—one that could threaten the kingdom’s newfound peace and plunge it back into war.”

For teens in grades 7 – 12.

Teen Book Club – ‘Things That Grow’

Join us for a discussion about our book of the month, Things That Grow by Meredith Goldstein. Registration required. Sign up to receive a copy of the book from the library. Meetings will be held in a hybrid format (both in-person and online); a link will be sent one week prior.

Summary from Goodreads:

When Lori’s Dorothy Parker–loving grandmother dies, Lori’s world is turned upside down. Grandma Sheryl was everything to Lori—and not just because Sheryl raised Lori when Lori’s mom got a job out of town. Now Lori’s mom is insisting on moving her away from her beloved Boston right before senior year. Desperate to stay for as long as possible, Lori insists on honoring her grandmother’s last request before she moves: to scatter Sheryl’s ashes near things that grow.

Along with her uncle Seth and Chris, best friend and love-of-her-life crush, Lori sets off on a road trip to visit her grandmother’s favorite gardens. Dodging forest bathers, scandalized volunteers, and angry homeowners, they come to terms with the shape of life after Grandma Sheryl. Saying goodbye isn’t easy, but Lori might just find a way to move forward surrounded by the people she loves.”

For teens in grades 7 – 12.

Teen Book Club – ‘This Savage Song’

Book cover for This Savage Song

Join us for a discussion about our book of the month, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Registration required. Sign up to receive a copy of the book from the library. Meetings will be held in a hybrid format (both in-person and online); a link will be sent one week prior.

Summary from Goodreads:

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.”

For teens in grades 7 – 12.

Teen Book Club – ‘The Girls I’ve Been’

Join us for a discussion about our book of the month, The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe. Registration required. Sign up to receive a copy of the book from the library. Meetings will be held in a hybrid format (both in-person and online); a link will be sent one week prior.

Summary from Goodreads:

Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape.

For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:

#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris.

#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:

#3: Right after they enter bank, two guys start robbing it.

The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora’s something else entirely. They have no idea who they’re really holding hostage…”

For teens in grades 7 – 12.

Teen Book Club – ‘Beasts of Prey’

Join us for a discussion about our book of the month, Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray. Registration required. Sign up to receive a copy of the book from the library. Meetings will be held in a hybrid format (both in-person and online); a link will be sent one week prior.

Summary from Goodreads:

Magic doesn’t exist in the broken city of Lkossa anymore, especially for girls like sixteen-year-old Koffi. Indentured to the notorious Night Zoo, she cares for its fearsome and magical creatures to pay off her family’s debts and secure their eventual freedom. But the night her loved ones’ own safety is threatened by the Zoo’s cruel master, Koffi unleashes a power she doesn’t fully understand–and the consequences are dire.

As the second son of a decorated hero, Ekon is all but destined to become a Son of the Six–an elite warrior–and uphold a family legacy. But on the night of his final rite of passage, a fire upends his plans. In its midst, Ekon not only encounters the Shetani–a vicious monster that has plagued the city and his nightmares for nearly a century–but a curious girl who seems to have the power to ward off the beast. Koffi’s power ultimately saves Ekon’s life, but his choice to let her flee dooms his hopes of becoming a warrior.

Desperate to redeem himself, Ekon vows to hunt the Shetani down and end its reign of terror, but he can’t do it alone. Meanwhile, Koffi believes finding the Shetani and selling it for a profit could be the key to solving her own problems. Koffi and Ekon–each keeping their true motives secret from the other–form a tentative alliance and enter into the unknowns of the Greater Jungle, a world steeped in wild magic and untold dangers. The hunt begins. But it quickly becomes unclear whether they are the hunters or the hunted.”

For teens in grades 7 – 12.

Teen Book Club – ‘The Box in the Woods’

Join us for a discussion about our book of the month, The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson. Registration required. Sign up to receive a copy of the book from the library. Meetings will be held in a hybrid format (both in-person and online); a link will be sent one week prior.

Summary from Goodreads:

Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.

But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.

Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.

But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive. ”

For teens in grades 7 – 12.

Teen Book Club – ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’

Join us for a discussion about our book of the month, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. Registration required. Sign up to receive a copy of the book from the library. Meetings will be held in a hybrid format (both in-person and online); a link will be sent one week prior.

Summary from Goodreads:

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes. ”

For teens in grades 7 – 12.

Summer Book Club (7th-9th Grade) – ‘The Fixer’ by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Join us for a discussion about The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes! Registration required. Sign up to receive a copy of the book from the library.

Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess’s classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess? ”

For teens entering grades 7 – 9 in the Fall.

Summer Book Club (7th-9th Grade) – ‘Okay For Now’ by Gary D. Schmidt

Okay For Now book cover

Join us for a discussion about Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt! Registration required. Sign up to receive a copy of the book from the library.

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

“At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this absorbing novel centers on Doug, 14, who has an abusive father, a bully for a brother, a bad reputation, and shameful secrets to keep. Teachers and police and his relatives think he’s worthless, and he believes them, holding others at arm’s length. Newly arrived in town, he starts out on the same path—antagonizing other kids, mouthing off to teachers, contemptuous of everything intimidating or unfamiliar. Who would have thought that the public library would turn out to be a refuge and an inspiration, that a snooty librarian might be a friend, or that snarky redheaded Lil would like him—really like him? With more than his share of pain, including the return of his oldest brother from the Vietnam War, shattered and angry, will Doug find anything better than “okay for now”? ”

For teens entering grades 7 – 9 in the Fall.

Summer Book Club (7th-9th Grade) – ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games book cover

Join us for a discussion about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins! Registration required. Sign up to receive a copy of the book from the library.

Summary from Goodreads:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love. ”

For teens entering grades 7 – 9 in the Fall.