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  • Talk Book To Me

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    Love reading and talking about books? We want to hear from you! Join us for a day of workshops and sharing. 

    The morning is dedicated to workshops and work time on writing effective book reviews with renowned book reviewer, Katie Stover from the Kansas City Public Library. Then participate in our recorded feedback session that is shared with publishers, authors and librarians.

    The afternoon will expand into even more workshops on how to get your voice out including writing for a book review blog and starting your own vlog. Then we celebrate with a panel of 5 authors with debut books for teens.

    We provide lunch, and maybe more importantly, free books for all participants!

    Talk Book To Me
    Saturday, Aug. 4
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Plaza Library in Kansas City, Mo.

    For the days's schedule and to learn what to prepare ahead of time, please visit our event website. This event is for ages 12-18. 

  • Summer Reading!

    Summer Reading at Johnson County Library Rocks!

    Summer is here, and that means that fun is just around the corner as we rock out at the Library! Once you put down that required reading book for school, don't wait, go to any Johnson County Library location May 21 - July 31 to join Teen Summer Reading.

    Participating is easy, simply drop into your nearest Johnson County Library to pick up a free book to start your summer reading off right! 

    We promise no tests, no quizzes and NO annotations! But if you do want to share what you have read this summer, please submit a review that we can publish on our website. 

    Enjoy reading without entanglements all summer long!

    This program is generously supported by the Friends of Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Library Foundation.

Latest Content

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1532000036
E. Lockhart
Reviewer's Rating: 
2
Monday, Jul 16, 2018

This is the story of a young woman whose wit and charm are her ticket to a privileged life. She constantly reinvents herself and changes identity as she crisscrosses the world. There might have been a murder, or maybe 2. There could be a bad romance, or maybe 3. She refuses to give people what they want from her, and refuses to be the person she once was.

I was incredibly confused for almost the entire book. In only about the last 50 pages did anything make sense. This book had so many time frames, it told small stories from years ago, weeks ago, months ago, and the present. It...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1445933036
Robert Weintraub
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018

This book tells the extraordinary story of survival and friendship between a man and his dog during war. This is the story of the dog Judy, the only official prisoner of war in World War ll. It details how she and flight technician Frank Williams met in a POW internment camp in the Pacific theater. Their story of an unbreakable bond during the worst circumstances is one of the great undiscovered stories during the war.

This book is amazing and inspiring. It shows what it was like to live in a POW work camp and gives a great overall view of the Pacific theater. It was obviously well-...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1473044036
Miriam Moss
Reviewer's Rating: 
2
Friday, Jul 6, 2018

After spending the summer with her family, Anna boards a plane back to England to her boarding school. But an hour into the trip, her plane is hijacked by Palestinian rebels who divert the plane to an airstrip in Jordan. They switch off the engines and make their demands to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. If they are not met, they threaten to blow up the plane in three days. The heat is insufferable, and the passengers endure hunger and psychological abuse. Time is running out for Anna, she begins to think she might never see her family again.

This book was interesting to...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/557691036
John Flanagan
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Wednesday, Jul 4, 2018

Will Treaty was a young slender man growing up in an orphanage. Both of his parents were killed in the past. Growing up all his wardmates new what occupation they were suited for and prepared for them. However, Will had not the slightest idea of what he was for, and was worried he might have to be a farmer. This all changes when he gets a letter saying he has been selected as the new ranger's apprentice. He gets his exciting position not long before the evil Lord Morgorath starts assembling his army.

At the beginning I thought the book had a few boring valleys with not much action....

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1538981036
Patty Blount
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Jul 2, 2018

Elijah Hamilton, the lead singer of his buddies' teen metal band Ride Out, has an image to uphold. But when he's dragged to a local musical, he meets Kristen Cartwright. He knows that she's the powerhouse who can simultaneously save his band and kill his hard rock reputation, so he promises the rest of the band to keep their relationship strictly professional, no matter how hard it is.

Kristen wants to be just like her grandmother Etta, an overly extravagant, extremely confident performer. Etta recommends that singing with Ride Out is the edge that will impress future colleges....

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1499678036_aftermath
Clara Kensie
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Jun 29, 2018

When Charlotte was eleven, she was kidnapped from a football game. For the past four years, she has been held in her kidnapper’s attic, and raped every night (just warning you, this book is hard core, don’t let that beautiful fantasy cover fool you), sustained only by dreams of her loving family. But now, she has finally escaped. But losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents are divorced, her dad is obsessed with fame, her mother drinks too much, and her sister is a druggie. Her father wants her to write a book and be the figurehead of a new charity and her mother  wants her to...

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