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    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

  • Join our new writing group!

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    Grab your notebook or laptop and join our new creative writing group starting this month! Bring essays, poems, short fiction or novel to workshop with the group. Or come with a blank piece of paper and we'll provide the prompts!

    Teen Creative Writing Workshop
    Saturdays, Nov. 24, Dec. 22
    2 - 3:30 p.m.
    Leawood Pioneer Library

    Meet other creative individuals and improve your work. Newbies and experienced writers welcome.

  • 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!

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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!

Staff Review
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NoNieqa Ramos
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Oct 29, 2018

Raw and real.

Both the contents of the story and the telling. Macy's aggressive, powerful voice assaults and engages readers immediately from the first page. By the third, her actions emerge similarly:

His nostrils twitch.

Yeah. He's pissed.

"What you're not picking up on is how much is at stake here, Macy. Nobody's gonna give you a lollipop anymore just because you throw a tantrum."

"What did you say, motherfoe?" I throw my desk.

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1445899036
Laura Martin
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Aug 27, 2018

Adventures with two boys a girl and a whole lot of dinosaurs. Sky and Shawn just escaped from the North Compound to find more information on Sky's dad, they meet tons of dinosaurs and a new friend Todd on the way who has been living topside since the pandemic.

The perfect book if you are into adventure and excitement.

If you like Percy Jackson, or the...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1535531036
Charles Dickens
Reviewer's Rating: 
2
Thursday, Aug 23, 2018

Pip is a young boy who lives with his older sister since both of his parents died. He is raised in a depressing and abusive manner, but seems to rub it off quite well. He has high hopes of becoming a rich gentleman and living in London, but his dreams are all crushed as his sisters husband (Joe) is only a blacksmith, and Pip by law needs to follow in his steps. This all changes when one of the most unexpected characters sponsors him, and pays for his journey to become a gentleman.

Although this book has some suspenseful and interesting chapters, the bulk of it is quite filler. Since...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1529646036
Jessica Brody
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018

A girl named Kennedy Rhodes has an awesome teenage life- with the perfect boyfriend, an awesome best friend, and is editor of her school's awarded newspaper. All turns around when, she finds her best friend kissing her perfect boyfriend. She suddenly wishes she had had excepted the place at Windsor Academy, an elite private school. Kennedy rushes to the Academy to see if she could get her place, but than she bangs her head. She wakes up in an another life- a life where she does go to Windsor Academy. Kennedy navigates the life of her other version, and starts to wonder if she is any...

Teen Review
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
Lois Duncan
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Aug 17, 2018

Mr. Griffin was a horrible teacher. His students only meant it as a prank. They just wanted to scare him a little bit, make him sorry. They never meant to kill him. But now he’s dead, and even the best laid plans can go wrong sometimes.

It took me a few chapters to really get into the story, but once I did, I was hooked. This is an eye opening story of how peer pressure can escalate out of control. It was just fantastic and incredibly well-written. I have never read such a deep and thoughtful thriller/mystery.

This is a great little suspense book for even the reluctant reader...

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