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About Teen Council

The CML Teen Council is a group of local middle and high school students who meet once a month to plan programs and give input on library services to teens. It began in 2009 and has an application process around May or June each year.

Teen Book Review: The Killing Code

What a thrilling read! I’m not usually a fan of murder mysteries, but this book is so much more than your average thriller! It’s an amazing blend of historical fiction, thrilling action, and angsty romance. One thing I love about this book is that the characters aren’t typical archetypes, they have secrets, fears, and natural human complexity.

July 3, 2024|Categories: Reviews|

Teen Book Review: The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank, a thirteen year old Jewish girl, was forced into hiding with her family when the Nazi’s invaded the Netherlands. Anne narrated the difficulties of being confined, the anxiety of being found out, and the complex relationships among the residents of the secret annex in this memoir.

May 2, 2024|Categories: Reviews|

Teen Book Review: Arya Khanna’s Bollywood Moment

After her sister’s three year disappearance and surprising return, Arya feels ready to put the past behind in order to help her sister, Alina, with her Shaadi– which means getting in full wedding preparation mode. But with her unsettled resentment for her sister, boiling tensions with her mother, and a huge mound of college applications to tend to, it’s safe to say that Arya is overwhelmed. Add in her school rival, Dean, and things go from bad to worse.

March 28, 2024|Categories: Reviews|

Teen Book Review: The Ivies

The Ivies, a group of five girls at Claflin Academy, are determined to get accepted into the Ivy League universities. As their aspirations rise, the girls are willing to take drastic measures to receive admission,

January 22, 2024|Categories: Reviews, Teens|

Teen Book Review: As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow

Salama Kassab had her entire life planned out– get perfect grades, go to university, become a successful pharmacist, fall in love, and live happily ever after. Until years of political tension turned into full-scale war– destroying everything she held close to her heart. Set in 2011 war-torn Syria, Salama lives everyday with grief and heartbreak.

January 17, 2024|Categories: Reviews, Teens|

Teen Book Review: Project Hail Mary

Dr. Ryland Grace wakes up without his memory in a place that he quickly realizes is either a spaceship or another planet. One of the first memories he gets back is one where he learns that the Sun is dying, and all the scientists have no idea why.

January 8, 2024|Categories: Reviews, Teens|

Teen Book Review: Dry

The water has gone dry.  Southern California, after losing access to their main water source, has fallen under an extreme drought. In Dry, by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, we get to observe the slow destruction of society after a basic resource is removed from the world.

January 4, 2024|Categories: Reviews, Teens|
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