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Throughout the school year, DBRLTeen has been highlighting those books nominated for the Gateway and Truman Readers Awards. The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult book as selected by Missouri high school students, while the Truman Readers Award is … Continue reading
If I Grow Up by Todd Strasser When DeShawn and his friends talk about the future they don’t say, “when I grow up,” they say, “if I grow up.” For them, the possibility of prison or an early death is very … Continue reading
If I Stay by Gayle Forman Life or Death? These are Mia’s choices. She is outside her body watching what goes on around her. Her parents have been killed in a car accident and she is in a coma. Should … Continue reading
Flash Burnout by L. K. Madigan Blake is your average teenager. He has a girlfriend named Shannon who he hangs out with after school, he takes photography, and he bums rides off his older brother and parents. As his relationship … Continue reading
In celebration of Teen Tech Week, area young adults were invited to the Southern Boone County Public Library to participate in a stop-motion animation workshop. Twelve teens created a series of three animated short films using Lego blocks and puppets: … Continue reading
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams Why I Checked It Out: Because I am trying to read something other than dystopian fiction. Why I Liked It: You are engulfed from the first page in deft storytelling. I read this … Continue reading
After by Amy Efaw What could possibly drive a person to abandon a newborn baby in the trash? After by Amy Efaw is the story of 15-year-old Devon Davenport, soccer star, straight-A student and now, attempted murderer. As Devon meets with … Continue reading
Hate List by Jennifer Brown Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Valerie is implicated in the shooting because Nick picked his targets based on a hate list of people they created together. Returning from summer break, … Continue reading
Hold Still by Nina LaCour Caitlin is just trying to navigate the life of a teenage girl and all that it entails: school, friendships, family; change, love, loss; grief, joy, identity. When her best friend, Ingrid, commits suicide, Caitlin is … Continue reading