Virtual Teen Book Club

We miss interacting with our teens and want to invite you all to join the Virtual Teen Book Club! Unlike other book clubs, which force everyone to read the same book, we know you want more autonomy than that. Each month we will pick a theme around which to focus your reading. Our first meeting is SEPTEMBER 8th at 3:30PM via Zoom and our theme is social justice/Black Lives Matter. This book club is open to all Sonoma County residents between the ages of 13 and 18 who would like to join.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4479887

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Our teen librarians involved in the book club will be reading alongside you and book talking our choices for the month on our Youtube channel. You can select one of our recommendations or any other book you want which fits the theme. For more information, email teenbooks@sonomalibrary.org

Librarian Picks

The Grief Keeper

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

Picked by Stuart at Guerneville

“After escaping a detention center at the U.S. border, seventeen-year-old Marisol agrees to participate in a medical experiment hoping to keep her and her younger sister, Gabi, from being deported to El Salvador.”

A Song Below Water

A Song Below Water by Bethany Morrow

Picked by Alex at Windsor

“In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers. Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school's junior year…”

All American Boys

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Picked by Karen at Petaluma

When a police encounter goes terribly wrong it leaves an African-American teenager, Rashad, in a hospital room recovering from his injuries. One of his white classmates, Quinn witnessed the incident from across the street and is forced to deal with the complicated reality of racism and police brutality in our country.

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal

Picked by Sabine at Sonoma Valley

“Over the course of one night, two girls with two very different backgrounds must rely on each other to get through the violent race riot that has enveloped their city…”

More Excellent Reads on Social Justice

How It Went Down

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

“When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.”

Light It Up

Light It Up by Kekla Magoon

“Told in a series of vignettes from multiple viewpoints, Kekla Magoon's Light It Up is a powerful, layered story about injustice and strength--as well as an incredible follow-up to the highly acclaimed novel How It Went Down. Told from multiple viewpoints, this novel recounts the story of Shae Tatum. Shae, an unarmed thirteen-year-old black girl, is shot by a white police officer, throwing the community into upheaval - and making it a target for demonstrators.”

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed...”

March, Book One

March, Book One (and Book Two and Book Three by John Lewis

“March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.”

Tyler Johnson Was Here

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

“When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid. The next day Tyler is missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels, mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.”

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

"A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning"

Black Enough:  Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Various Authors

"“A collection of short stories explore what it is like to be young and black, centering on the experiences of black teenagers and emphasizing that one person's experiences, reality, and personal identity are different than someone else.”

I Am Alfonso Jones

I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

“The ghost of fifteen-year-old Alfonso Jones travels in a New York subway car full of the living and the dead, watching his family and friends fight for justice after he is killed by an off-duty police officer while buying a suit in a Midtown department store.”

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

“In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent's daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project.”

Dear Martin

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

“Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.”

Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

“Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.”

The Voting Booth

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

“Marva was born ready for this day. She's always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election? Duke is so done with this election. He just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band's first paying gig tonight. Only problem? Duke can’t vote. When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted...”

This Is My America

This Is My America by Kim Johnson

“Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time--her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy's older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a "thug" on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town's racist history that still haunt the present?”



Call to Artists! Black Lives Matter Mural



Libraries in the Age of COVID-19

It’s been a crazy couple of months in the world and we’ve missed our teens dearly. While sheltering at home, we were trying to figure out what the new normal for libraries would look like. How could we connect with our teenagers and provide them with valuable resources and support during this tumultuous time? We researched different digital platforms, read a ton of new YA novels, and investigated programs we could do remotely.

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We are not yet able to get together in person, but that isn’t going to stop us. Now that our branches are open for curbside pick-up, the Sonoma County Library Young Adult Services Librarians are hard at work coming up with ways to have virtual programs and volunteering as well. Things will look different of course, but we are trying hard to ensure some of your favorite programs are still available. Anime Club, Book Clubs, and Teen Crafts are all in the works. Be on the lookout for sign-ups to do an online teen volunteer orientation to get in your service hours and gain important job skills. Do you have a suggestion on a program we should work on? Submit your suggestion to us and we’ll try to make it happen.

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Book Suggestions?

Do not forget that curbside is for everyone! Either call your local library branch or request materials through the library catalog. Between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm Monday through Saturday our library staff is available to answer any and all your reference questions, recommend books, or check out your materials. Librarians are also working hard at getting together book talks to help you choose your next great read. In addition to our book talks, you can always ask us to put together personal reading recommendations for you through the What Should I Read Next? section of the website. Give us details about your favorite reads and interests and we will give you a list of 2 to 3 options you might enjoy with reasons as to why we picked them.


Free SAT Intensive Prep Classes at Four Locations

Sonoma County Library will offer free 5-hour SAT Intensive prep classes during September and October 2019 for high school juniors who will be taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). These classes are part of Sonoma County Library’s Path to College series that supports college-bound high school students and their families. With these classes, the Library seeks to meet the needs of students through all stages of the college preparation and application process.

Registration for SAT Intensive prep classes is required and begins on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Students or parents can pick up registration forms at the four libraries where the class will be offered: Roseland Community Library, Sebastopol Library, Sonoma Valley Library, and Petaluma Library. Registration is limited to high school juniors.

The SAT Intensive prep class includes study and review of problematic areas of all sections of the SAT including the essay. Students are provided with an individual copy of The Official SAT Prep Guide for use in the class and extended study at home. The class comprises two parts of 2½ hours each; students must attend both parts.

The course is offered at each of the following locations, dates & times:

  • Roseland Library: Wed. September 4 (part 1) & Wed. September 18 (part 2), 6:00pm-8:30pm
  • Sonoma Valley Library: Mon. September 16 (part 1) & Sat. September 21 (part 2), 10:30am-1:00pm
  • Sebastopol Library: Mon. September 23 (part 1) & Mon. September 30 (part 2), 3:30pm-6:00pm
  • Petaluma Library: Sat. October 5 (part 1) & Mon. October 21 (part 2), 6:00 pm-8:30pm

All workshops are led by qualified local experts and are free and open to high school students. Attendance is limited to 25 high school juniors at each location.

A majority of past SAT Intensive participants have strongly agreed that they feel better prepared for the SAT test format, directions, and scoring, and would recommend the class to a friend. One parent says, “These college talks and preparation classes are invaluable to both parents and students.  I would really appreciate if the library to provide more of these services since there is such a great need for this information.”

These classes are part of the Library's Path to College series. For more information, contact Youth Services Administrator Kathy DeWeese at 545-0831 x1513 or kdeweese@sonomalibrary.org



What Should I Read Next?

Teens: Pondering what to read next? 

Check out this 'what to read next' flow chart created by Young Adult Librarian extraordinaire, Melissa Carroll, at our Northwest Santa Rosa branch of the Sonoma County Library!

It's Showtime All Summer Long at Your Library

Between free lunch, fun programs, reading challenges, and raffle prizes… there’s no room for summer boredom.

Free Lunch at the Library (for ages 18 and under)

No registrations, no worries - just show up (and maybe bring a friend!)

Central Santa Rosa: Jun 3 - Aug 9, Mon - Fri between 12:00 - 12:30pm

Cloverdale: Jun 10 - Aug 2, Mon - Fri between 12:00 - 12:30pm

Healdsburg: Jun 10 - Aug 2, Mon - Fri between 12:00 - 12:30pm

Northwest: Jun 3 - Aug 9, Mon - Fri between 12:00 - 12:30pm

Petaluma: Jun 3 - Aug 2, Mon-Fri between 12:00 - 12:30pm

Rohnert Park: Jun 10 - Aug 2, Mon - Fri between 12:15 - 12:45pm

Sebastopol: Jun 10 - Aug 2, Mon - Fri between 12:15 - 1:00pm

Sonoma Valley: Jun 10 - Aug 9, Mon - Fri between 12:00 - 12:30pm

Programs, Events, and Classes - OH MY!

In the spirit of this year’s theme - It’s Showtime! - our summer programs for teens are all about fun and flash. Here is just a sample of what’s coming up.

  • Intro to Screenwriting is taught by bestselling author J.W. Rinzler and takes you on a tour of the screenplay writing process.

  • Dungeon Master 101 teaches you the skills you need to lead a Dungeons & Dragons campaign.

  • Teen Paint Party. We provide the supplies then we’ll teach you some easy painting techniques. Take home a beautiful painting and skills to last a lifetime.

  • Make a Meme lets your sense of humor shine. You’ll learn about shooting original photos and using graphics software.

  • Learn How to Draw Comic Books with Brian Kolm. Get started drawing your own comic books, including designing characters and showing action and emotion.

  • Escape at the Library. You and your friends will work together to solve puzzles, open locks, and find hidden messages in an exciting Escape Room experience.

To find out what events are coming to your library, you can pick up a Summer Reading booklet at your branch or check out our calendar online. From sonomalibrary.org, select “Events” and then “Calendar of Events.”

Summer Reading Challenge for Teens

Register online at sonomalibrary.beanstack.org, or pick up a Summer Reading paper log at your local library. Get started by reading books and completing library activities to earn points: 100 points for each book, 25 points for each activity. Books can be enjoyed in any format, whether it’s a physical book, a graphic novel, an eBook, an audiobook, or an eAudiobook.

Track your reading activity in the paper log, or online at sonomalibrary.beanstack.org, or on the Beanstack app. Earn 500 points to get a free book and a raffle ticket for a grand prize. You can even keep reading to earn more points! Up to five free books may be earned over the summer.

But What About the Grand Prize?

Every 500 points earned gets you one raffle ticket. At the end of the summer, every library will draw a name and that teen will win a grand prize - a Chromebook!

Any Questions?

Don’t be afraid to reach out if you have more questions about Summer Reading. Click here to contact us. We’re here to help!

Post created by Allison Palmer, YA Services Librarian, Healdsburg Regional Library

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Introducing... PRIDE Book Club for Teens!

The Rohnert Park-Cotati library is excited to launch our brand new PRIDE Book Club for Teens! In this monthly book club, we will read and discuss recent YA books featuring queer characters as they navigate relationships with their families, friends, cultures, and love interests as well as their relationships to their own gender and sexuality. Some of these books focus on being queer and touch on themes of coming out, conflict with family, struggling with cultural expectations, finding love, and discovering self-love. Others feature characters who are queer but the books themselves are more focused on their lives and adventures than the fact of their queerness. In our book club meetings we will snack, talk about the book we read and the issues it brings up, watch videos of the author speaking, and just hang out.

Why is this book club focused on reading LGBTQIA+ books?

Reading books with queer characters can help queer teens feel connected to a larger community, which can help them feel less alone. It is important for teens to be able to read books that reflect the realities of their own lives and that tell stories about people they can actually relate to. Of course, not all queer experiences are the same, so in this book club we will read books featuring characters who identify all along the LGBTQIA+ spectrum and who come from different cultural and economic backgrounds, abilities, and experiences.

Reading LGBTQIA+ books is not only important for queer teens, it can help those who are not a part of the queer community understand what their peers might be going through and how they can be better allies.

Also, queer YA books are just the best(!) so we are excited to read and talk about them!

The book club will meet at 4pm on the first Friday of every month at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library. You can pick up a copy of the book at the adult reference desk. This book club is for teens in grades 9-12. Snacks will be provided! Allies welcome!

Link to Calendar Event & Link to Facebook Event!

Upcoming Book Club Picks:

Friday, February 1

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and grapples with her bisexual identity when she and her brother Lionel fall in love with the same girl, pushing Lionel's bipolar disorder to spin out of control and forcing Suzette to confront her own demons.

Friday, March 1

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out -- without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.

Friday, April 5

If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo

Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

Friday, May 3

We are Okay by Nina LaCour

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

Friday, June 7

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager

Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.

Friday, July 5

It's Not Like it's a Secret by Misa Sugiura

When her family moves to California, 16 year old Sana Kiyohara falls for the beautiful and smart Jamie Ramirez but struggles with differences between their diverse friend groups, a boy's sweet but unrequited affection, and her father's increasingly obvious affair.

Other Recent & Upcoming LGBTQIA+ Books to Check Out:

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Darius has never really fit in at home, and he’s sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn’t exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes.

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (release date 1/29/19)

Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali has always been fascinated by the universe around her and the laws of physics that keep everything in order. But her life at home isn't so absolute. Unable to come out to her conservative Muslim parents, she keeps that part of her identity hidden. And that means keeping her girlfriend, Ariana, a secret from them too. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life at home and a fresh start at Caltech in the fall. But when Rukhsana's mom catches her and Ariana together, her future begins to collapse around her.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl. But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different.

None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she's intersex . . . and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people's lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby's been happy to focus on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a great internship at her favorite boutique, she's thrilled to take the first step toward her dream career. Then she falls for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure--to live a lifetime in a single day.

If you have questions about the Pride Book Club for Teens, please call the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library at (707) 584-9121.

Post written by Terra Emerson, Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library

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We will ‘MAKE YOU RICH’!

Well… actually... more accurately:

You can learn skills at our libraries that will help you become financially independent and comfortable in life--and yes, maybe even rich someday.  Scroll on for info!

Event happening this week:

What Teens Need to Know About Money

Financial advisors from Abacus Wealth Partners, LLC. will answer all your questions about MONEY!  They will help you figure out how many hours of work will it take to make your financial dreams become a reality!  This event is recommended for ages 14 to 21. (Thursday, 11/29, 3:30-5, Sebastopol Regional Library)

This meeting will cover:

  1. How to fill out paperwork at a new job and how to interpret your paycheck.

  2. How to establish good credit.

  3. Borrowing and saving money - how many hours of working does it take to buy that fabulous pair of boots or car? We will also cover investing basics such as some apps you can use to save $.

  4. We will also have live Q and A - bring your questions!

The Abacus team of advisors for this workshop has expanded to five, including our two new young advisors in their 20s.  We will have pizza at the end and we’ll stick around to answer any questions!

Follow this link to save your spot!

Can’t make it this Thursday?  That’s ok, we’ve got books & eResources to help you on your way!

Use your Sonoma County Library card to access resources online:

ValueLine - ValueLine puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, ValueLine gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence.


Consult Consumer Reports when making purchases… go to: www.sonomalibrary.org, hover over ‘research’, click on ‘databases’, scroll down to Consumer Reports.


Check out related movies on our new FREE streaming film service, Kanopy:

Financial Fitness: Identity Theft, Protecting your Identity - “This comprehensive program for young adults provides all the information necessary for protecting yourself from identity theft. The well-aimed message includes a step by step explanation of the problem, the possible defenses, and important solutions for keeping your personal identity protected.”

Entrepreneurship: Be Your Own Boss - It is said that entrepreneurs are ordinary people who achieve extraordinary things. How do entrepreneurs succeed in following their dreams, while making them profitable? Discover the struggles and successes of four different business owners in Entrepreneurship: Be Your Own Boss. Featuring interviews of a baker, videographer, children's clothing designer, and president of a charitable running event company, the entrepreneurs share their experiences running their own businesses. Topics include: * Motivation * Challenges and Risks * Strengths, Skills, and Training * Time Management * Communication and Teamwork * Support Systems * Rewards * Advice for Others

Life Skills Series: Independent Living for Young Adults - Now that you've decided it's time to be living independently, there are several important life-skills that you'll need for success. Not surprising leaving the cushiness of home can lead to a downward spiral in ones lifestyle. It therefore becomes critical to learn how to balance what comes in against what goes out. It's not easy! Student debt along with housing, clothing, food, insurance, automobile, savings and entertainment all combine to put a serious strain on an income. But, if you can't manage your money you can't manage your life and that makes it very difficult for succeeding on your own. It's not easy!

Teens & Money: real life teens -  This program discusses Money and Teens. Teens often have trouble making mature decisions about money. Often, when teens earn money they will spend it without thinking, and can know little about money management. But more often than ever, teens need to learn how to be responsible with money and the complex world of consumer finance they are about to enter.

The Reality of Money - For all of its abstractness, money is a powerfully real phenomenon. Delve into the intricate events that unfold as money, goods, and services are exchanged in the economy. Examine how the ideas of John Maynard Keynes and the results of modern psychological research challenge the two primary assumptions of classical economic theory.

Money, Power, and Wall Street - Hour One begins with the epic story of the rise of modern finance. A revolution in banking begins at a luxury hotel in Boca Raton, FL, where a rowdy team from J. P. Morgan invents a new marketplace for trading risk. Correspondent Martin Smith (College, Inc., The Madoff Affair) interviews leading bankers, officials and journalists to explain how financial engineering on Wall Street brought the global economy to its knees--and the reverberations are still being felt along Main Street. Then, in Hour Two, FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk (Inside the Meldown, The Warning) investigates how the country's leaders failed to prevent an oncoming crisis and ended up initiating the largest government bailout in history. Told by participants from Washington and Wall Street, the story includes inside accounts from the campaign of presidential candidate Barack Obama. By the time of his election Obama is thoroughly up to speed on the disaster, but the question remains--what can he do once he takes office?


Check out books:

How Money Works: facts visually explained

The complete guide to personal finance: for teenagers and college students

Budgeting Smarts: how to set goals, spend wisely, save money, and more

Business for Bohemians: live well, make money

Women and Money

Encyclopedia of Money

Top Ten Secrets for Spending Your Money Wisely

Peterson’s How to Get Money for College 2019

The Financial Diet: a total beginner’s guide to getting good with money

Looking for more?  Drop by your favorite branch of the Sonoma County Library and ask a Young Adult Librarian for help finding the resources you need.  We are here for you!

Created by Rosalie C. Abbott, MLIS, Sebastopol Regional Library

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Check out the Teens' Top 10, 2018 WINNERS!

NEWSFLASH: Scroll down for the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten Winners!

1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Dutton/Penguin. High-school junior Aza, who struggles with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, reconnects with childhood friend Davis after his billionaire father disappears, on the run from the police. But can Aza and her friends help Davis cope with being parentless when she’s having trouble managing her own downward-spiraling thoughts?

2. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Delacorte/Random House. After Simon, the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app, dies during detention, the four other students in the room are all framed for murder. But the twist is, the next day, they were all going to be on Simon's app for secrets that would ruin their lives for good. So when Bronwyn, the Yale-Bound student who never breaks a rule, Addy, the homecoming queen, Nate, the drug dealer, and Cooper the all-star baseball pitcher all come together to find out what really happened, the rest of the story unfolds.

3. Warcross by Marie Lu. G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin. When bounty hunter and hacker Emika Chen finds herself unexpectedly entered into the exclusive Warcross championship, she is determined to get to the bottom of a dastardly plot while trying to pull off a win in the worldwide virtual reality game.

4. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Random House. Diana has always been an outcast to the Amazons. She never truly had the chance to prove herself worthy of being an Amazon until she saves a mysterious girl from a shipwreck. The girl turns out to be a descendant of Helen of Troy. The girl will either bring an age of peace or a deadly war.

5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Flatiron. Everyone has heard rumors of the legendary game of Caraval, and no one wants to experience it's magic more than Scarlett Dragna. When Scarlett finally gets an invitation, she begins to realize that Caraval isn't all that she thought. She must be careful to not get swept away in the illusion or risk losing her sister forever. *Annotations provided by the Teens’ Top Ten book groups.

6. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster. Will's brother Shawn has been murdered. In this free-verse novel, fifteen-year-old Will steps into an elevator with a gun in the back waistband of his jeans, ready to avenge his brother's death, as he’s been taught to do. At each stop on the elevator down, someone connected to his brother gets on, giving Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows.

7. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez. Knopf/Random House. Julia is an outcast in her close-knit Mexican American family, where she dreams of going away to college. When her older sister suddenly dies, Julia begins to piece together her sister’s secret life. As she grieves, Julia embarks on a mission to discover herself, unearthing her family’s past in the process.

8. Paper Hearts by Ali Novak. Sourcebooks Fire. Felicity's sister has been missing for years, and Felicity and her mother have been trying to overcome the loss ever since. Felicity thought finding her was impossible until her new friend, Alec, gives her the opportunity she needs to reconnect with her lost sibling.

9. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Little, Brown and Company. Lazlo Strange is an orphan raised by monks, and has dedicated his life to learning. His favorite story is of Weep, the lost fairytale city that was literally removed from memory. This is the story of his search for the magical city.

10. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. Viking/Penguin. Working with her mom on a wedding planning business, Louna has more than her share on weddings and the behind-the-scenes disasters. Ever since the abrupt ending of her first love, she has been more cynical about weddings and especially, love. But maybe that will change when Ambrose comes along.

Also, here's the Teens' Top 10 Video Share

Annotations provided by the Teens’ Top Ten book groups. (YALSA)

Enjoy these as eBooks, Audiobooks, Books on CD, or as actual books! Drop by your favorite branch of the Sonoma County Library and ask your friendly Young Adult Services Librarian about the best ways to access these popular titles!

Post by Rosalie C. Abbott, MLIS, Sebastopol Regional Library

Celebrate Your Freedom to READ.

BAN Books? Let’s NOT!

At our Libraries, we’re always celebrating the freedom to read.  Did you know that Librarians are on the front lines of our democracy, standing up and fighting for open access to information and intellectual freedom on the daily?

Check this out.

You may have heard about this book…



Did you know that this was one of the most banned and challenged books of 2017?!

This is how one student took matters into her own hands:

‘Students are increasingly defending challenged material. When The Hate U Give was removed from shelves in Katy, Texas, 15-year-old Ny’Shira Lundy started a petition that garnered nearly 4,000 signatures and helped restore the book. “I feel like children should have the power to learn about what they want to learn about,” Lundy told the National Coalition Against Censorship. “But by [removing a book], we don’t have intellectual freedom, we don’t open the door to learn about the things that we would like to learn about.” - Ny’Shira Lundy, Literary Activist, bannedbooksweek.org

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Find or Request The Hate U Give at the Sonoma County Library--or download it!  Bonus: Movie trailer)

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The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom - Top Ten Most Challenged Books

(Most of the titles below are considered Young Adult novels, however,

a few are meant for a younger audience…  younger siblings anyone?)

The Hate U Give, written by Angie Thomas

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Despite winning multiple awards and being the most searched-for book on Goodreads during its debut year, this YA novel was challenged and banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language.

Thirteen Reasons Why, written by Jay Asher

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Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, written by Sherman Alexie

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Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.

Drama, written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

(Access: actual book, actual graphic novel, eBook).

This Stonewall Honor Award-winning, 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was challenged and banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.”

The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini

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This critically acclaimed, multigenerational novel was challenged and banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.”

George, written by Alex Gino

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Written for elementary-age children, this Lambda Literary Award winner was challenged and banned because it includes a transgender child.

Sex is a Funny Word, written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth.*

(Access: 10 copies of the actual book)

This 2015 informational children’s book written by a certified sex educator was challenged because it addresses sex education and is believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.”

To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee

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This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, considered an American classic, was challenged and banned because of violence and its use of the N-word.

And Tango Makes Three, written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole

(Access: actual book, actual book in Spanish, eBook, book and CD)

Returning after a brief hiatus from the Top Ten Most Challenged list, this ALA Notable Children’s Book, published in 2005, was challenged and labeled because it features a same-sex relationship.

I Am Jazz, written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

(Access: 13 copies of the actual book)

This autobiographical picture book co-written by the 13-year-old protagonist was challenged because it addresses gender identity.


Banned Books Week 2018 - Sonoma County Library

Created by Rosalie C. Abbott, MLIS, Sebastopol Regional Library