Teens recommend…TCC book selections from November

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

Annabelle G. recommends

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

4.5/5 stars

I really enjoyed this book as it gives the reader a very clear view of life in Iran from the point of view of an Iranian girl. It is the biography of Marjane Satrapi and tells of her life as a young girl living in Iran, and I found this book very insightful and giving a new perspective on a world that we see very little of in our everyday lives

Ruby Redby Kerstin Gier

I have read this series many times and I never get tired of it. If you love time travelling and history this is definitely the book for you, as you will find yourself travelling all throughout time.

Haddies M. recommends:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is an incredible function that has a strange relevance to today. It follows a series of different perspectives to tell the story of Arthur Leander and what happened after he died. Set in a post apocalyptic society, 20 years after the collapse of civilization caused by a deadly pandemic. Arthur Leander is playing King Lear in the well known Shakespearean play, but dies of a heart attack on stage. While this is happening a deadly flu is infecting the world. The story is filled with inspirational battles, unforeseen plot twists, and painstaking heartbreak that everyone should read.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is a classic Victorian novel that tells the story of Jane Eyre and her development in a patriarchal world. Starting as an orphan living with her evil aunt she was sent to Lowood school. The school teaches her to repress her emotions, but she wants more.  After Jane moves to Thornfield the house of an Edward Rochester to his ward’s, Adele, governess. Edward and Jane slowly fall for one another, but Jane’s past stops her from being able to admit her feelings. The epic love story of Jane Eyre is not only a classic, but a coming of age tale for all to fall in love with.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is the haunting science fiction and gothic novel. Victor Frankenstien is a doctor who is obsessed with finding the secrets to life. After a blissful childhood in Geneva Dr. Frankenstein spent years searching for an answer. Equipped with knowledge and determination he created a monster. Was his only regret creating the Creature or what his creation does?

Hannah A. recommends:

Cover of "In the Mood for Love"


“In The Mood For Love”  Director Wong Kar-wei, Starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Maggie Cheung Man-yuk

Language: Cantonese

Said to be one of the greatest films of all time, In The Mood For Love takes place mainly in 1962 Hong Kong, where journalist Chow Mo-wan (Leung) and his wife move into a new apartment. After meeting their new neighbor, Su Li-zhen (Cheung) and her husband, Mo-wan and Li-zhen both discover that their spouses, who are often preoccupied or away on business, are cheating on them. Through this discovery, they begin to fall for one another, but neither of them wants to be unfaithful, despite the growing tensions and feelings between them.

Jacob V. recommends:

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate – Nintendo Switch
Rating: 5/5 stars

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is the newest installment in the super smash brothers series and let me just say, it does not disappoint. The ultimate (pun intended) party game boasts a roster of 80+ gaming icons from different games against each other, letting you control them! In a game where characters from Minecraft can duke it out with Mario, there’s almost always a recognizable face in the game, making it perfect for you and friends! Now you might ask, “but, what if I don’t have friends?”. Well then Super Smash Brothers has you covered! The Nintendo Switch has an online membership that works for all games with only one purchase! And Super Smash Bros works with it as well! At the end of the day, you really can’t go wrong with Super Smash Bros Ultimate and that’s why it deserves not your time, but also a 5/5 rating from yours truly.

Sloane K. recommends:

The Luxe” by Anna Godbersen

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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