Teens recommend…TCC book selections from October

Here are the picks from the October Teen Collection Connection (TCC) meeting! Check out the reviews, and find the TCC recommendations in our catalog

Haddies M. recommends:

“The Essential Dickinson Selection: Volume 23” by Joyce Carol Oates

The Essential Dickinson Selection is a series of books capturing the best of Emily Dickinson and her writings. Emily Dickinson was a poet and writer from the mid 1800s who revolutionized modern writing. Everyone should read at least one selection of Emily Dickinson’s writing for she is a true revolutionizer of language and literary arts.

“A Queer History of The United States For Young People” by Michael Bronski and Rickie Chevat

A Queer History of The United States For Young People by Michael Bronski and Rickie Chevat is an amazing insight and educational novel about lgbt history in the United States starting with the Iroquis Nation and Indigenous culture. The entire book references real people and events, then tells of their impact in a somewhat chronological order. The book also includes excerpts from other pieces of writing included in each chapter and throughout. A Queer History is an excellent book for those who wish to educate oneself or look further into a history most classrooms won’t teach.

“The Stars and the Blackness Between Them” by Junauda Petrus 

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus is a young adult fiction that tells the story of two black teenage girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both. Sixteen-year-old Audre just found out she’s going to be sent to live in America with her father because her strictly religious mother caught her with her secret girlfriend. Then there is sixteen-year-old Mabel trying to figure out why she feels the way she feels about her love life and about the vague feeling of illness that’s been haunting her all summer. The Stars and the Blackness Between Them is a lyrical love story for all to enjoy.

Hannah A. recommends:

“A Simple Favor” Rated: R, Starring: Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, Henry Golding

Everyone enjoys murder mysteries. But A Simple Favor was a refreshing take on a classic trope. When Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a single widowed mother who works as a vlogger, meets the captivating Emily (Blake Lively), her life is changed forever. Emily has everything – a successful career, a nice house, a loving family, a glamorous lifestyle; but when Emily suddenly disappears, the web of lies she carefully crafted starts to unravel.

Jacob V. recommends:


“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” Nintendo Switch
Rating: 5/5 stars

Animal Crossing new horizons is an amazing game which I feel all of us could use right now. Its laid back and smooth play style is soothing to the mind. You play as yourself on your dream island, customizing and changing whatever you want at your own pace. The experience lets you express your imagination without feeling rushed or frustrated at the game. From inviting new villagers to your island, to building and remodeling your house, to even playing and visiting friends’ new creations, the sky’s the limit with this game. You’re surrounded by adorable villagers, each with their own personality and the game truly captures the essence of calm. In a time where everything feels stressful, few things can compare to playing Animal Crossing New Horizons. This game is a 5/5 and I recommend it to anyone needing a little more peace of mind, and joy in their lives.

Sloane K. recommends:


“The Luxe” by Anna Godbersen
Rating: 4/5 stars

The Luxe shows the past in a whole new way. Elizabeth and Diana Holland are having a good life… until their father’s death comes back to change them forever. They have to bury the secrets they’ve kept, but as they grow older, it becomes more of a challenge. In Manhattan, 1899, the rich ruled. And that is changing for Elizabeth and Diana. Lies, betrayals, and secrets all collide in this book.

What is the TCC? TCC is a volunteer group of teens that love to read and discuss books, movies, and music. Every month they get together to pick books for our teen collection and write short book reviews. Want to join? Then apply today!

– Contributed by Renée, Librarian – Teen Services

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