Staff Picks For Teens

Race the Night By: Kirsten Hubbard Is this a post-apocalypse dystopia?  Or is it a story about a cult? I was indecisive; it looked like a combination of both and I generally don’t like either kind…but I do like a good suspense story and believe me, this is one. It...

Darkest Part of the Forest By: Holly Black Although this book is labeled as a romance, do not let it fool you. Holly Black’s “Darkest Part of the Forest” is filled with fantasy, thrills, and mystery. Hazel and her brother Ben have grown up in the very unique town...

Chains By: Laurie Anderson If an entire nation could gain its freedom, why can’t a 13 yr. old girl. Chains is the first book in a three book trilogy called Seeds of America, followed by Forge and Ashes. The author Laurie Anderson is a New York Times bestselling...

We Are All Made of Molecules By: Susin Nielson Nerds unite!  Stewart is one of my favorite Settlers of Catan loving, Doctor Who watching, 13 year old “gifted” nerd.  He’s a good guy who is stuck living with his monstrous, almost step-sister Ashley.  Fourteen year old Ashley is a...

The Green Glass Sea By: Ellen Klages Moving to Los Alamos, New Mexico during WWII means eleven-year-old Dewey Kerrigan will live with her mathematician father on a deserted military base called “The Hill”.  Unlike most military bases, “The Hill” is full of computer techs, other mathematicians, scientists and...

The Tween Book: A Growing-Up Guide For The Changing You By: Wendy L. Moss, PhD and Donald A Moses, MD The time between childhood and the teenage years can be difficult for many young people. This book, published by the American Psychological Association, is an excellent guide to...

My Sister Rosa By: Justine Larbalestier Che Taylor has just moved to New York City with his parents and younger sister, Rosa. They have moved around a lot and he wants to be home in Australia and not living in New York City. He especially doesn’t want to...

HEPL Staff's Best Reads of 2016 As 2016 comes to an end, we've decided to share a list of our staff's favorite books they've read this year. Lori Holewinski, Youth Services Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny Jan Bridges, Youth Services Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly Staff Review Terri Kirkland, Youth Services Raymie Nightingale by...