Vote for the 2017 Teens' Top Ten!


Did you read any phenomenal books last year?  Did you have favorites?  If so, your vote is wanted! (And if not, check out the list below--you just might find some really great reads.)

The time is now to choose your favorite three books from this past year.  Voting is open from August 15th through October 14th (10/8 to 10/14 = Teen Read Week). The Top Ten winning titles will be announced the week of October 18, 2017

Check out the 26 nominated titles and vote for up to 3 Books –

THIS VOTING IS FOR TEENS ONLY: https://www.dogobooks.com/voting/2017-teens-top-reads

Check out this Video to See the Top 26 Nominees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLqTlHyzsDU&feature=youtu.be

Or, just take a peek at the list here:

  • Black, Jenna. Nightstruck. Tor Teen.

  • Bosworth, Jennifer. The Killing Jar. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux.

  • Bracken, Alexandra. Passenger. Disney-Hyperion.

  • Braswell, Liz. Once Upon a Dream. Disney Press.

  • Buxbaum, Julie. Tell Me Three Things. Random House.

  • Clare, Cassandra. Lady Midnight. Margaret K. McElderry.

  • Dennard, Susan. Truthwitch. Tor Teen.

  • Dinan, Kurt. Don’t Get Caught. Sourcebooks Fire.

  • Federle, Tim. The Great American Whatever. Simon & Schuster.

  • Freedman, Russell. We Will Not Be Silent. Clarion Books.

  • Glasgow, Kathleen. Girl in Pieces. Delacorte Press.

  • Gout, Leopoldo. Genius: The Game. Feiwel & Friends.

  • Hamilton, Alwyn. Rebel of the Sands. Viking Books.

  • Kincaid, S. J. The Diabolic. Simon & Schuster.

  • Landers, Melissa. Starflight. Disney-Hyperion.

  • Martin, Emily. The Year We Fell Apart. Simon & Schuster.

  • McIntosh, Will. Burning Midnight. Random House.

  • Meyer, Marissa. Heartless. Feiwel & Friends.

  • Mills, Wendy. All We Have Left. Bloomsbury.

  • Nijkamp, Marieke. This is Where It Ends. Sourcebooks Fire.

  • Russo, Meredith. If I Was Your Girl. Flatiron Books.

  • Shusterman, Neal. Scythe. Simon & Schuster.

  • Welch, Jenna Evans. Love & Gelato. Simon & Schuster.

  • West, Kasie. P.S. I Like You. Scholastic.

  • Williamson, Lisa. The Art of Being Normal. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux.

  • Yoon, Nicola. The Sun is Also a Star. Delacorte Press.

Contact the Teen Librarian at your Local Branch of the Sonoma County Library for more information!

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Women’s History through "Timeless"

One of my recent “guilty pleasures” is the new NBC series Timeless. This TV series mixes history with time travel as a present-day team chases bad guys through time using a prototype time machine. Each episode visits a different era of history, and features famous historical figures who unwittingly assist the narrative in different ways.

 In honor of Women’s History Month, we're using the time travel in this TV series to explore more about their featured women from history, including Nonhelema, Katherine Johnson, Bonnie Parker, and Josephine Baker.



The Timeless team meets up with the Shawnee peace chief Nonhelema in 1754, near the beginning of the French and Indian War. The adult book Warrior Woman tells the fictionalized story of this tough, no-nonsense chief of the Shawnee tribe as she leads her people’s resistance against the Virginians.

Katherine Johnson


Johnson is more well-known today, thanks to the recent film Hidden Figures. The film shares the account of African-American women mathematicians at NASA who helped put men on the moon in 1969, and Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped Win the Space Race is the book it is based upon.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World includes Johnson among its subjects.


Bonnie Parker


Not all historical women are heroines – Bonnie Parker is definitely more infamous than heroic, for she and her partner Clyde Barrow ran a gang of outlaws that terrorized the central United States in the 1930s. Read more about Bonnie’s tragic story in Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, for adults, or Bonnie and Clyde: A Biography, for teens. 


Josephine Baker


A singer and dancer, Baker is compared to Beyoncé on the show, giving an indication of her stardom and talent. In addition to being an entertainer, she also helped the French Resistance as a spy during World War II.

Josephine: the dazzling life of Josephine Baker is a children's biography of Baker's life. The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy gives an account of Baker's life and the many roles she played in her professional and personal life. This title is intended for teens and adults.