I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb


I Am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review by Stephanie C.

I Am Malala is a biography about Malala Yousafzai’s life. Malala’s gender has restricted her to do things, along with many other woman in Mingora, Pakistan; as a matter of fact, people in her community did not celebrate her arrival because a birth of a girl is seen as failure. What influenced Malala to stand up for her and other women was her father Ziauddin, who raised Malala to be as passionate as he is about women’s rights, freedom of speech, and education. In 2009, Malala wrote a series of diary entries about her life under the Taliban using a fake name to hide her identity, and this act of defiance almost cost her her life at the hands of the Taliban. She continues to speak about what she is passionate about and what needs to change in the world.

If I had to rate this book, it would be a 5 stars. The book is great, and Malala is very descriptive on what’s happening in Pakistan for someone that doesn’t know much about the country and its history. The book leaves you wanting to read more and more, and it makes you wonder about what will happen next. There’s so much happening in the world that we don’t hear in the news or learn about, and this book helped me to realize that. Malala was so brave to speak up for other women in her country and risked her life, knowing that the Taliban wouldn’t like what she said. She took her activism out of her country for more people to hear about her story and the women in her community. This book also has a personal connection to me because I’m a feminist and believe in women’s right to equality and not be treated differently because of gender. When reading about this book, I didn’t know what was happening in Pakistan and to hear that someone spoke up starting at a really young of age to make a difference is really empowering.

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Display Spotlight: One Berwyn, Many Stories

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For this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, our theme is “One Berwyn, Many Stories.” In honor of that theme, we’ve selected books that showcase stories from a variety of countries and cultures, as well as almost every genre in our collection! Try one of these Many Stories picked by Teen Services librarians Hannah and Quinn, or stop by the Teen Room and choose one at random from our book jar!


81J9QbimjJLThe Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

It’s easy to see why The Poet X has won so many accolades (and why Teen Services Librarians Hannah and Quinn both love it!) Anyone who has ever struggled to find out who they are and to live up to their parents expectations, as well as balance family with friends with romance will relate to Xiomara and her words. The powerful verses in this novel help readers immerse themselves Xiomara’s life as a teenager, a woman, and a poet. This is also an excellent audiobook choice.


labyrinth-lost-final-cover_-_p_2017Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Alex and her family are Brujas. Or rather, Alex’s family is – Alex herself believes that magic has brought nothing good to her family. But when she tries to wish away her powers, she finds she has instead wished away her whole family. The only way to bring them back is to embark on a dangerous journey into another world, with only a boy she’s not sure she can trust and her best friend to rely on. Alex’s story is immediately engaging, and the world she discovers is sure to stick in your mind long after you finish reading.


A1g-6EMqFRLMirage by Somaiya Daud

If you love the intrigue of politics combined with the fun of robots and spaceships, Mirage is a great choice. This is a story that’s never in a rush, which allows you to really immerse yourself in a world that is as full of beauties as it is of dangers. When Amani is kidnapped and forced to serve as a body double for the ruthless princess, she’s thrown into a world of conquerors – brutal, dangerous, and subtle. As Amani learns to navigate her new world, she forms tentative friendships, and tries to find a way to fight back…


718mn9epntLDread Nation by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation is one of Teen Services librarian Hannah’s favorite recent reads because it has something for everyone. Excitement and adventure your thing? Jane’s sickle-wielding fights will leave you exhilarated. Want some scares? The dead rising from the battlefield will give you that! Looking for great character development and some strong friendships? Dread Nation delivers that as well. See what else this historical-friendship-zombie thriller has to offer!


30037870._UY2550_SS2550_Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Allegedly tells the story of Mary, who killed a baby…allegedly…as she is forced to live her life in a girl’s home and grapple with the fact that she’s been convicted of a crime she didn’t commit. This book will keep you guessing until the very end, and the ending will have you shaken to your core days after you’ve finished it. Tiffany D. Jackson is a master craftsman of words and this debut novel makes her one to watch.


Lets-Talk-About-Love_FC-645x968Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Let’s Talk About Love follows Alice, who had her whole summer figured out (sans girlfriend, of course)…until she meets Takumi and can’t stop thinking about him. Teen Services Librarian Quinn picked it up and fell in love almost instantly. It’s incredibly rare to find a book that includes asexual characters with as much depth and description as found here, and it begs for readers to check out her other books.


81-EfOMoqWLDarius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Funny, poignant, and beautiful, Darius the Great is Not Okayis a story of family, friendship, and one boy learning to be sure of who he is. Darius spends his life taking care of his little sister, avoiding talking to his father, and unsure of who he is or where he belongs. On a trip to visit family in Iran, he finds new friendship, new family, and a new sense of self. Told in Darius’ hilarious voice, this book makes it easy to fall in love with Iran, with the Kellner family, and with Darius himself.


book-cover-notyourprincess-by-lisa-charleyboy#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women by Mary Beth Leatherdale & Lisa Charleyboy

#NotYourPrincess is collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. The women in this book share stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping, but also strong cries for change and for acknowledgement of Native issues. This is a powerful collection that gives teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible.


Under-the-Painted-Sky-by-Stacey-Lee-on-BookDragon-via-BookslutUnder a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Ever thought to yourself that the Wild West could use more stories about kick-butt women with unbreakable friendships? Well that’s exactly what you’ll get with Under a Painted Sky. Samantha has to run from her dreams of being a concert violinist when she accidentally kills her attacker in self-defense. Annamae is a runaway slave determined to make it to freedom. Together the girls disguise themselves as boys to take on the famed Oregon trail. They face danger from other people heading West as well as the land itself, but they help each other through every adventure.


91jMrhCnsILLaura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

This graphic novel follows Freddy as she keeps getting broken up with by the aforementioned Laura, while also dealing with high school, family, jobs, and friendships. It’s a quintessential coming of age story, and it portrays first love and the balance of relationships so well. The art and coloring is simple yet powerful, and this has been one of Teen Services Librarian Quinn’s favorite reads of the year.


For our entire One Berwyn, Many Stories book list, check out this link.

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Scary Out There, edited by Jonathan Maberry


Scary Out There, edited by Jonathan Maberry
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Review by Julia M.

This book includes stories written by many different authors that all address fear, and how everyone’s fears are different and how there are so many kinds of fears out there, no matter how subtle they are. I originally picked this book off the shelf because I have an interest in horror stories.  This book has not disappointed me, because of how the characters would react to situations; sometimes I can relate to them, and sometimes I get frustrated knowing that I would have done something different.  I would recommend this book to other readers that like to think about what they are reading as they read it, like wondering about why this would be included as a ‘scary story’ when it does not even scare you.  This book is not similar to any particular book I have read because it is not a paranormal type of scary, but an individual one. Not all of the stories are universally scary, and they don’t all include characters that everyone is afraid of. The thickness of this book does make it look boring, but the short stories that it has will draw you in and make you wish you had more of them to read.

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Display Spotlight: Graphic Novels in Libraries Month

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July is Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, so all of our inset displays are graphic novels displays! Here are a few titles we love and want to highlight from those displays!


Award-Winning Graphic Novels

720023._SX1600_QL80_TTD_As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman

As the Crow Flies follows Charlie, who is thirteen years old, queer, black, and questioning what was once a firm belief in God…so naturally, she’s spending a week of her summer vacation stuck at an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp. This book is richly drawn, and readers will empathize with and root for Charlie throughout!

61uHRkfH1CLHey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Hey, Kiddo is the graphic novel memoir of Jarrett J. Krosoczka as he was raised by his grandparents because of his drug addicted and incarcerated mother as he searches for his father. The storytelling and art are raw, and it’s easy to see why this was a National Book Award and YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction finalist.

81f678XqcuLThe Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker follows Prince Sebastian as he’s forced to find a wife by day (by his parents), and chooses to become the fabulous Lady Crystallia (the hottest fashion icon) by night. He couldn’t live his double life without his dressmaker and confidante Frances, and this novel follows their friendship, trials, and tribulations. This book is a personal favorite of Quinn’s (really, she can’t recommend it enough), and the art is so ridiculously beautiful.


Staff Picks

7118WWfI+0LBlack Bolt, Vol. 1: Hard Time by Saladin Ahmed

You’d think it would be hard to have a graphic novel about a silent hero be exciting…wrong! Saladin Ahmed portrays Black Bolt (aka Blackagar Boltagon) in a way that makes readers empathize with his situation and root for him to succeed (as well as his companions)! This is an incredible series and Quinn highly recommends it!

WolfWolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosada

This story follows Hana as she struggles to raise her children, Ame and Yuki, on her own. Michelle was hooked to Wolf Children from the very beginning, since this particular story had a twist- Hana’s children are also half wolf! This story will have you in your feelings as you see Hana go through trials and tribulations as she tries to relate to her children, while also conforming to society’s expectations of her children as humans.

91AzmX3KjOLCheck, Please, Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

As a Blackhawks fan, lover of interesting characters and relationships, and romance reader, Hannah found a lot to love in Check, Please. Following the adventures of Bitty and his teammates was a joy from start to finish, and she can’t wait for the next book in the series!

91uuJ3N6ZILKiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable & Ellen T. Crenshaw

Kiss Number 8 is a beautifully (and simply) drawn story of Mads as she navigates school, church, family, and growing feelings for her best friend-no big deal right? This coming of age story is so beautifully unfolded and you find that you grow along with Mads as the story goes on. Quinn can’t recommend it enough.

18465601The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

Even if you’re not usually into superhero stories, The Shadow Hero is worth a try. As much about family and belonging as it is about superpowers, Hannah found The Shadow Hero a really engaging story on top of (or even despite!) also being about a classic comic book superhero.

81WL0ECMCJLTokyo Mew Mew, Vol. 1 by Reiko Yoshida

When you get over how cute the artwork is on this series, you’ll quickly realize that Tokyo Mew Mew is easily an enjoyable read at any time. Ichigo, the main heroine of the five, is a fun loving pre-teen who is having trouble in the love department. With its simple plot and focus on romance, the first book will have you spellbound-Michelle sure was!


Graphic Memoirs

lighter-than-my-shadowLighter than My Shadow by Katie Green

In Lighter than My Shadow, Katie Green tells the story of her childhood and battles with eating disorders, abuse, and other struggles and recovery. This is not a light novel (both in size and in subject matter), but the art and the story speak to the struggles in all of us and allow for greater understanding and empathy towards others.

March_Vol_1March, Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell

The March series follows the lived experience of Congressman John Lewis through the Civil Rights Movement, all the way to the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The art is exquisite, and it vividly portrays the experiences of African Americans in the United States before, during, and after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.

A1TrHNNP8dLHonor Girl by Maggie Thrash

Maggie Thrash spent basically every summer through her fifteenth year at Camp Bellflower for Girls (a Christian girls camp), and this novel follows her after she finds herself in love with her older and wiser female camp counselor. We’ve all been fifteen and confused about our identity and our feelings, so it’s impossible not to root for Maggie as she comes to terms with who she is and who she loves.


Not sure what graphic novel you want to read next, or have you never read a graphic novel before? Never fear- our Teen Services staff would be happy to help you find your next great read!

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The Princess Diaries Movie Review


The Princess Diaries (2001)
Rating: 5/5 stars
Based on: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
→Book Series: The Princess Diaries, Book 1
Movie Series: The Princess Diaries, Movie 1
Review by Stephanie C.

The Princess Diaries is a romantic comedy that follows Mia Thermopolis, a timid, shy outcast who nobody knows…until she is receives news that she is a princess of a small European principality, Genovia. She has to make a life changing choice if she wants to stay in San Francisco in the life she knows, or become a princess and leave everything behind. Being a princess takes preparation, so her grandmother gives her “princess lessons”. Once everyone discovers her new princess status, Mia becomes popular overnight and this newfound notoriety causes Mia to act differently and ditch her old friends for the popular kids-what could go wrong with that? Will she go back to her old friends? What will happen next?

I rate this movie 5 stars because it’s a classic funny movie, and I personally love romantic movies and books. There are differences between the book and the movie, but both are very enjoyable. Anne Hathaway is an amazing actor in the movie, and this movie shows the true values of friendship and can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. I would recommend this to someone who likes chick flick films, romance and who like cliche movies. I decided to watch this movie because I enjoyed reading the series by Meg Cabot, but you don’t have to read the books to fall in love with this movie!

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Author Spotlight: Tiffany D. Jackson

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Starting in April, we’re beginning a new monthly post where we talk about certain authors we love and the excellent books they’re publishing! This month, we’re highlighting on of Teen Services Librarian Hannah’s favorite authors, the amazing Tiffany D. Jackson!

Tiffany grew up in Brooklyn Heights but also count places like Fort Greene, Far Rockaway, East New York, and Kingston, Jamaica as her home. She started her career in the television industry as a line producer and production manager before blasting onto the scene with her first book, Allegedly, in 2017; Allegedly later won a NAACP award amongst many other honors. She still lives in the Bronx and counts horror amongst her favorite genres of media, and she is hopelessly in love with soul food. Teen Services Librarians Quinn and Hannah love her books, and here are the ones you can find in the library! All summaries are taken from Goodreads:



Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?


81fJ1hJO4FLMonday’s Not Coming

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?


36285129._UY1000_SS1000_Let Me Hear a Rhyme

Biggie Smalls was right. Things done changed. But that doesn’t mean that Quadir and Jarrell are okay letting their best friend Steph’s tracks lie forgotten in his bedroom after he’s killed—not when his beats could turn any Bed-Stuy corner into a celebration, not after years of having each other’s backs.

Enlisting the help of Steph’s younger sister, Jasmine, Quadir and Jarrell come up with a plan to promote Steph’s music under a new rap name: The Architect. Soon, everyone in Brooklyn is dancing to Steph’s voice. But then his mixtape catches the attention of a hotheaded music rep and—with just hours on the clock—the trio must race to prove Steph’s talent from beyond the grave.

Now, as the pressure—and danger—of keeping their secret grows, Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine are forced to confront the truth about what happened to Steph. Only each has something to hide. And with everything riding on Steph’s fame, together they need to decide what they stand for before they lose everything they’ve worked so hard to hold on to—including each other.


For more information about Tiffany and her upcoming work, visit her website at http://writeinbk.com/.

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Display Spotlight: Pride

Teen Display spotlightJune is Pride Month and we have a display full of amazing LGBTQ+ reads in the Teen Room! Teen Librarian Hannah has picked a few of her favorites from this month’s display-enjoy!


713KVRkQ2wLThis Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender

A great summer read, This is Kind of an Epic Love Story follow Nathan as he recovers from a failed romance while another one re-kindles. With a diverse, hilarious, and loveable cast of characters, Nathan’s story will make your heart melt, and is perfect for fans of Love, Simon.


91WTXiWsBnLBlanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

This book is for fans of fairy tales and romance! With elements from many beloved tales, two different but equally compelling sisters, and heart-melting romance, Blanca and Roja is magical realism at its best. The two title sisters must wage war against a family curse, re-learn how to relate to each other, and figure out new and surprising romances.


31447601Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

Noteworthy is somewhere between Pitch Perfect and a Shakespeare cross-dressing comedy, with a little added seriousness to give it depth. When Jordan pretends to be a boy to get into her school’s elite acapella group, she finds herself grappling with more than how to keep up her deception.


914WHkYSVRLMore Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

If you’ve never been a fan of science fiction but want to give it one more shot, More Happy Than Not is perfect. Set in a world almost exactly like ours except with the addition of technology that can wipe away memories, this poignant book follows Aaron as he struggles with old grief and new, unexpected feelings.


710a925b5nLThe Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

It’s hard to ask for a better summer reading than this! Romance, friendship, sunshine, fashion, and plenty of great burgers make The Summer of Jordi Perez stand out. Abby’s fashion internship get more interesting when she realizes that instead of competing with fellow intern Jordi, she might be falling for her instead…


461811._SX1280_QL80_TTD_Kim & Kim, Vol. 1: This Glamorous, High-Flying Rock Star Life by Magdalene Visaggio

Two take charge ladies (both named Kim) working as illegal bounty hunters in space…what more could you ask for in a graphic novel?! This book has it all: relationships, rock n’ roll, colorful graphics, and one of the greatest friendships I’ve ever seen or read about. This is one of the few series that features trans and queer women as the protagonists, and it’s a true delight!


91gMxxOrhPLQueens of Geek by Jen Wilde

If you want a fun, lighthearted, and super-geeky read, Queens of Geek is a great choice. It’s short and light but the characters are still fully fleshed out and real. When three best friends go to a con together, adventures, romance, and costume contests ensue!


Reading the rainbow isn’t just for Pride Month-it’s all year-round! Check out our Pride Reading List here to enrich your to-be-read list!

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