Teen Talk with Renée & Teen Volunteer Book Picks

Check out this letter from your Teen Services Librarian Renée! This week she wants you to know you are awesome and to also check out these book recommendations from our teen volunteers!

If you haven’t already heard this today, let me be the first to say, you are awesome, and I don’t say that to everyone. Yes I’m a librarian and librarians are notably nice to everyone, but I am under no obligation to declare awesomeness, yet I do have the authority to assign it when deserved.

Why am I bestowing the honor of awesomeness on the teen collective?  Well first, because of all the wack-a-doodle things you come up with (Sick dance moves!), and second, with all that’s on your plates, many of you make the time to volunteer in your community, in particular, for the library.  Most of the programs I run at the library are completely dependent on the commitment of awesome teen volunteers. Some of them spend their free time reading to little kids, some write book reviews, some hand out summer reading prizes. All are awesome!

This week several awesome teens shared these equally awesome book recommendations. Enjoy!

As you can tell, today’s blog is sponsored by the letter A and the number 7. AWESOME! Thank you for all the wonderful recommendations. Keep them coming.

All the best,


Use the links to go right to the Overdrive download, but you can also find them all in our Teens Recommend list in the catalog!

“I recommend Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, because I really like the book, but if you are going to read it, I must warn you, it is quite tragic.”Aarnav J.

“Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare. I recommend this book for teens because it is a beautifully written fantasy novel about a group of demon hunters in the early 1900s. It has lots of action, and the relationships between characters are extremely well built. You get to see multiple points of views, and see how different characters interact with one another. The setting is also super cool as it is London 1903, and the secret world of the demon hunters is fascinating to learn about.”Anne N.

“I recently read Circe by Madeline Miller. I’d read the Song of Achilles by the same author earlier this year, but I honestly wasn’t expecting to love Circe SO much. The writing, story, and characters just took my breath away! Happy reading!” –Riley J.

“House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig. The library has this book, and it is an amazing one! A creative twist on the Twelve Dancing Princesses tale, it’s creepy and truly a work of art. Romance is woven through it, along with an unreliable narrator. Overall, unique and thrilling.” Anna K.

“Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis. I’m not sure if the library has this book, but nonetheless, it is a beautifully written journey. It includes the main character’s journey to evil, yet still keeps her a good person in the reader’s mind. Shocking at times and overall a breathtaking piece of writing… Although it does include a plague, which might be a sensitive topic right now.” – Anna K.

“Wilder Girls by Rory Power. I’m not sure if the library has this book, but it is a real wow-er. It makes the reader not know who to trust if anyone… But still keeps relationships afloat. It is LGBT friendly and one of the best books I have ever read… Although it includes a sickness sort of thing (hard to explain without reading it), and that might be a sensitive topic right now.”Anna K.

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