Teen Newsletter – February

Check out February’s edition of the Teen Newsletter. Thank you to the Teen Advisory Board for putting it together!

Coloring Corner: January Submission

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This January our littlest patrons had lots of fun coloring and completing activity sheets inspired by this wintery season. Check out the December 2023 Coloring Corner submissions on the bulletin board and below!   Patron Submissions:   Staff Submissions: Be sure to explore February’s collection at the Coloring Corner and submit your drawings to the librarians at the Youth Services desk to be featured next month!   – Gail Lordi Youth Services Library Assistant

On Display in YA – Let’s Bake It Through Midterms

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December 2023 All book descriptions are from the publisher unless otherwise indicated. Batter Royale by Leisl Adams In this fun graphic novel, a talented young chef is selected to participate in a baking reality show and finds herself mixed up in spicy competition, bitter rivalry, and sweet romance.   The Heartbreak Bakery by A.R. Capetta Teenage baker Syd sends ripples of heartbreak through Austin’s queer community when a batch of post-being-dumped brownies turns out to be magical–and makes everyone who eats them break up. Syd (no pronouns, please) has always dealt with big, hard-to-talk-about things by baking. Being dumped is no different, except now Syd is baking at the Proud Muffin, a queer bakery and community space in Austin. And everyone who eats Syd’s breakup brownies…breaks up. Even Vin and Alec, who own the Proud Muffin. And their breakup might take the bakery down with it. Being dumped is one thing; causing ripples of queer heartbreak through the community is another. But the cute bike delivery person, Harley (he or they, check the pronoun pin, it’s probably on the messenger bag), believes Syd about the magic baking. And Harley believes Syd’s magical baking can fix things, too–one recipe at a time.   This is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio Rising high school juniors Jocelyn Wu and Will Domenici fall in love while trying to save the Wu family restaurant, A-Plus Chinese Garden.   Love from Scratch by Kaitlyn Hill This summer, Reese Camden is trading sweet tea and Southern hospitality for cold brew and crisp coastal air. She’s landed her dream marketing internship at Friends of Flavor, a wildly popular cooking channel in Seattle. The only problem? Benny Beneventi, the relentlessly charming, backwards-baseball-cap-wearing culinary intern–and her main competition for the fall job. Reese’s plan to keep work a No Feelings Zone crumbles like a day-old muffin when she and Benny are thrown together for a video shoot that goes viral, making them the internet’s newest ship. Audiences are hungry for more, and their bosses at Friends of Flavor are happy to deliver. Soon Reese and Benny are in an all-out food war, churning homemade ice cream, twisting soft pretzels, breaking eggs in an omelet showdown–while hundreds of thousands of viewers watch. Reese can’t deny the chemistry between her and Benny. But the more their rivalry heats up, the harder it is to keep love on the back burner…   Meet Me in Mumbai by Shabina Afzal Khan Seventeen-year-old Mira Fuller-Jensen was adopted by her moms at birth. All she knows about her biological mother is that she was a high-school student from India who went back to India after giving birth. Although Mira loves her moms, she’s always felt like a misfit in her mostly white community. That starts to change when Nikhil Verma transfers to her school from Mumbai. They become fast friends and he helps Mira connect to her heritage through his family and their love for Indian cooking and Bollywood. Despite this new connection, Mira still feels left out of the Indian community, and like she will never fully belong anywhere. So when Mira finds an old box with letters addressed to her from her birth mother, she finally sees a way to fully capture that feeling of belonging. Her mother writes that if Mira can forgive her for having to give her up, she should find a way to travel to India for her 18th birthday and meet her mother at a designated place and time. With her birthday approaching, Mira knows she’ll always regret it if she doesn’t go. But is she actually ready for what she will learn? And in unlocking the secrets of her past, is Mira also unlocking her true feelings for Nikhil?   Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love by Jared Reck While his friends prepare for college, Oscar decides his future is working with his grandfather on their food truck Hej Hej!, but when Oscar unexpectedly gets his first taste of adulthood he realizes his plans may be half-baked.   Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma Told in two voices, teens Radha and Jai, seniors at a New Jersey performing arts high school, reignite their passion for dance and find strength in one another to pursue their dreams.   A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen Both high school senior Liza Yang and her mother share a love and talent for baking but disagree on the subject of dating, especially when Mrs. Yang turns her annual baking contest into a matchmaking scheme.   The Dos and Donuts of Love by Adiba Jaigirdar This pun-filled YA contemporary romance finds a teenage girl competing in a televised baking competition, with contestants including her ex-girlfriend and a potential new crush.   French Kissing in New York by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau Margot, a seventeen-year-old aspiring chef, moves from France to New York to follow her dreams, but things become complicated when she meets Zach, a fellow chef, and is torn between chasing her dream or her dream boy.   Rubi Ramos’s Recipe for Success by Jessica Parra As seventeen-year-old Rubi secretly juggles participating in a baking competition, improving her grades for college admission, and a newfound romance, she soon realizes she must learn how to manage her family’s expectations while finding her own path.   Fatima Tate Takes the Cake by Khadijah VanBrakle Aspiring baker seventeen-year-old Fatima navigates the challenges of parental and communal expectations in her strict Muslim community while staying true to her dreams.   Witch Hat Atelier Kitchen 1 by Hiromi Sato While the witches-in-training sleep, Qifrey and Olruggio conjure all matter of culinary experiments, and all for Coco and her fellows to sample in the morning; includes recipes with step-by-step instructions and suggested non-magical ingredient substitutions.   Cursed Princess Club vol. 1 by LambCat Gwendolyn, the youngest of the King’s three daughters, is living proof that princesses don’t always have it all. She isn’t like a typical fairy-tale princess, or other princesses in the Pastel

Teen Take and Make – Winter Snow Globes

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This month’s Teen Take & Make project transported teens into a snowy, winter paradise by creating their own waterless snow globe! Teens enjoyed the project so much we ran out of kits in less than 2 hours! Take a look at some pictures from the project!   – Gail Lordi (Youth Services Assistant) and Jason Weissmann (Young Adult Librarian)

On Display in YA – Winter Reads

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December 2023 All book descriptions are from the publisher unless otherwise indicated. Whiteout: a novel by Dhonielle Clayton, et al. In Atlanta, just before Christmas, twelve teens band together to help a friend pull off the most epic apology of her life during the storm of the century, which results in a magical moment that changes everything.   The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.   Talk Santa to Me by Linda Urban Fifteen-year-old Frankincense (Frankie) Wood tries to pull off the Christmas of her dreams as she juggles trying to keep in touch with her best friend, family dynamics at the family’s Holiday shop, and recovering from world’s worst first kiss.   All I Want for Christmas by Wendy Loggia Everything is lining up for a perfect Christmas, if only Santa will grant Bailey’s one wish–sharing a kiss under the mistletoe with someone who really appreciates her. Bailey Briggs lives for Christmas music, baking cookies, snowy sleigh rides, and wearing her light-up reindeer ears to work at Winslow’s bookstore. And this year, she’s wishing for someone to kiss under the mistletoe. She’s certain it isn’t athlete Jacob Marley; Charlie and his British accent is the romantic lead of her dreams. Will Bailey stay on Santa’s nice list, so that her wish will come true? Here The Whole Time by Vitor Martins When Felipe, who is very insecure about his weight, is forced to spend winter break with his long-term crush, Caio, he must face his unresolved issues head-on.   Eight Nights of Flirting by Hannah Reynolds Sixteen-year-old Shira is on a mission to find the perfect boyfriend over Hanukkah, but after getting snowed in on Nantucket with her nemesis-slash-former-crush her plans begin to go off the rails.   The Black Butterfly by Shirley Reva Vernick Penny’s skepticism about ghosts, love, and family change when her ghost-hunting mother sends her to a “friend’s” inn in Maine for Christmas, where Penny confronts her own supernatural gift, an alluring boy, and staggering family secrets.   It Looks Like Us by Alison Ames Shy high school junior Riley Kowalski is spending her winter break on a research trip to Antarctica, sponsored by one of the world’s biggest tech companies. She joins five student volunteers, a company-approved chaperone, and an impartial scientist to prove that environmental plastic pollution has reached all the way to Antarctica, but what they find is something much worse … something that looks human. Riley has anxiety–ostracized by the kids at school because of panic attacks–so when she starts to feel like something’s wrong with their expedition leader, Greta, she writes it off. But when Greta snaps and tries to kill Riley, she can’t chalk it up to an overactive imagination anymore. Worse, after watching Greta disintegrate, only to find another student with the same affliction, she realizes they haven’t been infected, they’ve been infiltrated–by something that can change its shape. And if the group isn’t careful, that something could quickly replace any of them.   A Winters Promise by Christelle Dabos Plain-spoken, headstrong Ophelia cares little about appearances. Her ability to read the past of objects is unmatched in all of Anima and, what’s more, she possesses the ability to travel through mirrors, a skill passed down to her from previous generations. Her idyllic life is disrupted, however, when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, a taciturn and influential member of a distant clan. Ophelia must leave all she knows behind and follow her fiancé to Citaceleste, the capital of a cold, icy ark known as the Pole, where danger lurks around every corner and nobody can be trusted. There, in the presence of her inscrutable future husband, Ophelia slowly realizes that she is a pawn in a political game that will have far-reaching ramifications not only for her but for her entire world.   How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Arlow Snowy weather and fish fossils help bring together two Jewish college freshmen spending winter break in Washington, D.C.   So This is Love by Tracy Andreen Trying to figure out their relationship status when they return to boarding school after one magical Christmas Eve kiss, Finley and Arthur are faced with old enemies who add to the confusion, putting what could be love in jeopardy.   Love In Winter Wonderland by A. Bello Seventeen-year-olds Trey and Ariel embark on a hate-to-love journey when they band together to save Trey’s family’s business, the longest-running Black-owned bookshop in London.   Finding My Elf by David Valdes Greenwood While home for winter break, Cameron takes a job as a Christmas elf and finally finds his “people” and possibly “the one” in the fakest consumerist nightmare place on Earth where he least expected it.   This Winter by Alice Oseman A very special Heartstopper story set over a challenging holiday season… Reuniting Tori Spring, her little brother Charlie, and Charlie’s boyfriend Nick, this novella sees the Spring siblings brave a particularly difficult festive season.   The Christmas Clash by Suzanne Park Chloe Kwon can’t stand Peter Li. It’s always been that way. Their families don’t get along either: their parents operate rival restaurants in the Riverwood Mall food court–Korean food for the Kwons and Chinese food for the Lis. Now it’s the holiday season and Chloe’s the photographer at the mall’s Santa Land, and Peter works at the virtual reality North Pole experience right across the atrium. It’s all Chloe can do to avoid Peter’s smug, incredibly photogenic face. But it turns out the mall is about to be sold to a developer and demolished for condos. Eviction notices are being handed out right before Christmas. Their parents don’t know what to do, and soon Chloe and Peter realize that the two of them need to join efforts to try to save the mall. Just when it seems like they can