Teens

Check out one of the following YA titles to discover a different culture, or perhaps find a reflection of your own experiences.

Culture: Native American

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

A big dose of lucky by Marthe Jocelyn

Culture: Canadian Aboriginal

Malou has just turned sixteen—hardly old enough to be out in the world on her own—and all she knows for sure is that she’s mixed-race and that she was left at an orphanage as a newborn. Beyond that, it’s a mystery—a mystery that takes her to the little town of Parry Sound, where she finds lots of young brown faces like hers. Are these her relatives, and why doesn’t anyone want to talk about it?

National Poetry Month is celebrated across the world in the month of April. Not sure where to start with poetry? Try a novel in verse! Like a traditional novel, these books tell a complete story, but they use the verse style of poetry. Check out the call number 811.54 for traditional volumes of poetry. 

And we stay by Jenny Hubbard

Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts, boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and begins to heal.

Ask me how I got here by Christine Heppermann

Addie struggles with depression when she becomes pregnant and makes the difficult choice to have an abortion.

Below you will find a suggestions of crossover titles. Stories that are told in verse: not rhyming poems and not dense prose, these books live in their own category. Click on each title for description and availability.

Another day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

Susie is jealous when her brother is deemed a town hero, so she finds solace in the poetry and reclusive lifestyle of Emily Dickinson.

Little cat's luck by Marion Dane Bauer
Also available in: e-book

A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.

Maybe you're not feeling like a poem, but a nice fiction book about a poet sounds appealing. Try one of the following titles.

A poet's bird garden by Laura Nyman Montenegro

After Chirpie the bird escapes from her cage and flies into a tree, a group of poets decides that the best way to entice her down is to create a garden full of seeds, water, hiding places, and materials for building a nest.

The poet upstairs by Judith Ortiz Cofer

When a poet moves into the apartment above hers, young Juliana asks to meet her and together they write poems of tropical birds and a river that flows to the sea, typing out words that change the world, if only for a while.

From short rhymes to epic poems, we have a few graphic novels that feature a variety of poetry and poetic adaptations.

Presents fifty traditional nursery rhymes in comic book format, with illustrations by well-known cartoonists.

Sita's Ramayana by Samhita Arni

A graphic novel adaptation of the ancient Indian legend in which Rama, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, forces his wife Sita to undergo an ordeal by fire to prove she is pure after she is abducted by Ravanna.

Explore our resources for instruction and inspiration for your poetry writing. More advanced titles can be found at the bottom of the list.

Photographs and text introduce techniques and tips for writing poetry inspired by pictures and images, discussing word choices, and examining layout, metaphores, and related topics.

Browse the titles below and find stories that will take you on a journey to a new place. Some fiction, some nonfiction, all focus on a story of leaving somewhere behind for a new life.

Click on the titles for location and availability. Additional media formats included below.

 

90 miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
Also available in: e-audiobook

When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian's parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it's not always clear how best to protect themselves.

Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.

May the 4th Celebration

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars AND Star Wars day with our May the 4th be With You Celebration. There will be Star Wars themed crafts, games, and coloring. Dress up as your favorite character and get your picture taken with a Star Wars guest. Drop in between 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and enjoy crafts while supplies last. 

For all ages, no registration.

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