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  • Young Adult Literature Council's Favorite 2018 Reads

    Best Reads of 2018 from Blue Valley Young Adult Literature Council

    Check out what we are reading! These are books that the Blue Valley Young Adult Literature Council (also known as the Young Adult Advisory Council) read and loved in 2018. Some are new, some are old, most are written for teens, some are written for kids and adults. But we promise they are all great!

  • Best of elementia

    Best of elementia

    Celebrating fifteen issues and thirteen years of publication, the Johnson County Library is proud to announce the Best of elementia. Since 2005, elementia has published more than 1,000 pieces of writing and art from teens ages 12-19. We celebrate those accomplishments with the publication of our first book! Pick up your free copy today at any Johnson County Library location (while supplies last or view the publication online

  • Share Your Voice

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    The Library's literary arts magazine, elementia, is currently accepting teen art and writing for consideration in our next issue! Submit today!

Latest Content

Teen Review
The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried cover
Shaun David Hutchinson
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019

Dino's ex-best friend, July, just died. Or so Dino thinks. Dino's family owns a funeral home, and Dino's family tries to make dead people look like they're peacefully resting in their coffin before their burial. Dino is preparing for July's funeral, putting make-up on her, doing the usual, when suddenly, July bolts upright and starts screaming. She's not dead, but she's not quite alive, either. Dino then learns that July's awakening has made it so that nobody, and I mean nobody, is able to die anymore! This compelling, coming-of-age story about friendship will suck readers into it.

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Teen Review
Awake in the World cover
Jason Gurley
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019

Zach Mays is notorious for having the worst luck in Orilly, a small oil town. His father has died and left him and his older brother to care for the family. Zach is lost trying to put his bleak life together until Vanessa, a confident, radiant girl who's planned her whole future, comes into his world.

I absolutely loved this book! The way that the love between Zach and Vanessa is portrayed in such a sweet, mild way is truly irresistible.The most compelling aspect of the book is the amazing character development that the author portrays throughout the whole story. It really makes you...

Teen Review
Analee, in Real Life cover
Janelle Milanes
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Feb 8, 2019

Analee in Real Life is about a teenage girl who recently lost her mother. Soon after, she loses her best friend as well. About the only friend she has is in an online game. His name is Harris, and she has a crush on him. So when the most popular boy in the school, Sebastian Matias asks her to pose as his girlfriend to make his ex jealous, she agrees.

This book is very relate able, for teens everywhere. Many kids have the same problems Analee does, and seeing someone else go through it helps. The reality of the...

Teen Review
Five Feet Apart Cover
Rachael Lippincott
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Feb 4, 2019

A beautiful and compelling story. The book is about two inseparable teens who suffer from cystic fibrosis, and they long to touch each other, but they must stay the dreaded six feet apart at all times, because two people with cystic fibrosis can not go closer then that. They can't even get a few feet closer without risking their lives. The perfect story for anyone who likes a spinning romance with loving characters, and an exciting but emotional plot. Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down! I even skipped my dinner that day just so I wouldn't have to stop reading!

I...

Teen Review
Similars cover
Rebecca Hanover
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Feb 1, 2019

The Similars is a fantastic literary tale of understanding actions and feelings of others while simultaneously exploring the concept of clones that may be a future reality. Emma is dealing with the aftermath of a friend's suicide when six clones, dubbed 'The Similars', begin attending her high school. One of them wears the face of her recently deceased friend, but she is quick to understand that he is not Oliver and will never be Oliver. 

I really like the idea of clones and how society would interpret the...

Staff Review
Book Cover
Shaun Tan
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Jan 7, 2019

Magical.

Marvelous, otherworldly, enthralling, haunting, wonderful. Magical.

Working in libraries has cured my of my book-hoarding obsession. I have such easy access to nearly anything I want on a daily basis, I no longer feel much need to own the books myself. This is one of the rare exceptions. It's not enough for me to have consumed this book; I want to possess it. I want to repeatedly immerse myself in it and dwell in it. I want to become a part of it and make it a part of me.

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