Friday, March 5th 20214:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Every Friday, October 9th 2020 - March 10th 2021
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Your teen/young adult can participate as a judge in this year’s Young Readers’ Choice awards! There are 15 nominated titles, and we’ll have a preview of each book! Request the book on Overdrive or through our catalog. If your teen has read 3 titles he/she may vote in March for the one she likes the best. All teens up through 12th grade who vote will receive a new gift book from our giveaway stock.
Track the books your teen reads using this 2021 YA bookmark, and send it in when we collect the ballots in March!
We’ll post a new nominated title each week (most weeks – check calendar to be sure). If you register we’ll send you a Zoom link so you can participate in the reading and discuss afterwards. Some books may have interesting extension activities!
November 6, 2020
Enjoy this preview of Randy Ribay’s realistic fiction coming-of-age story, Patron Saints of Nothing. When 17-year-old Jay Reguero hears about the death of one of his closest Filipino cousins, he is shocked and saddened, and he desperately needs to know what happened. Against the initial
resistance of his family, he decides to travel to the Philippines to learn more. But when he arrives in Manila, he realizes that things there are more complicated than he expected. Nobody is willing to talk about Jun’s murder. As he discovers more about Jun’s life and unexpected death, he also
begins to unravel his own immigrant story in the country of his birth. This is a beautifully written and intensely satisfying mystery that takes you on a journey that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. *Finalist, National Book Awards 2019 for Young People’s Literature
October 16, 2020
This week will be an introduction to a realistic fiction title. Register to get a Zoom link, or watch it later at your convenience
With the Fire on High / Elizabeth Acevedo
Synopsis: Anyone who tastes Emoni’s cooking calls it magic, and it just might be. However, the ingredients she has to work with are challenging: Emoni is a senior in high school with a two-year-old daughter, a part-time job, and no time for new friends or extracurricular activities like culinary class. She works hard to keep her head up and must make difficult decisions every day for her daughter and abuela. But there is a wild dream stirring inside her and the possibility of a lifetime in front of her. Will Emoni play it safe? Or will she take a leap of faith and make her dreams of becoming a professional chef come true?
Read the author’s bio.
October 9, 2020 They Called Us Enemy / George Takai (graphic novel, memoir)
Get a glimpse into a piece of American history that may be new to you: the Japanese Internment of
the 1940s. Skillfully weaving together the story of the Takei family during this tumultuous time and
the life of actor George Takei in more recent days, this graphic novel will inform, enrage, and just
maybe empower you to speak up for social justice. The link between the events in this memoir and
current social issues is undeniable. Read this if you want an honest and hopeful look at America, and
how love can keep a family strong even in the darkest of moments.
*Winner of the 2020 Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature
George Takei’s TED Talk “Why I love a country that once betrayed me:”