Coming-Of-Age Thrillers and Chillers

Ever since I watched the made-for-TV adaptation of Stephen King's It at a middle school slumber party, I've been captivated by coming-of-age horror stories and mysteries. Sure, I also devoured all of Judy Blume's candid yet wistful novels of adolescence as ravenously as any other precocious prepubescent with a library card. But the coming-of-age horror/thriller subgenres particularly appealed to me by…
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Cookbooks for Hapless Chefs

If I wanted food during my first year of college, I simply waltzed over to the school cafeteria and tucked in to the daily specials. Once and a while I luxuriously ordered a pizza from my dorm room just to shake things up. This idyllic existence lasted until I moved off campus my sophomore year…
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Robots Are Taking Over the World

Once upon a time robots were the stuff of science fiction books, television shows and the imagination of children. Now there are robots being built for all kinds of reasons in the hopes of making our lives better, safer and more entertaining. From cleaning your house, performing surgery and helping children go to school, robots…
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Don’t Go Outside!

It's officially summer, the season for hiking, picnicking, park frolicking, lake swimming, and celebrating the miraculous outdoors. It is also, I'm embarrassed to admit, my least favorite time of the year! Don't get me wrong, I love nature. However, as a bona fide, dyed-in-the-wool "indoor kid" (this is why I work at the library), there are times when…
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Hear Diversity: 5 Audiobooks for Teens that Build Understanding, Not Walls

Diversity in audio is just as important as diversity in print. Kids and teens need to hear themselves in character dialogs and language just as much as they need to see themselves reflected in their print counterparts. Books on CD and downloadable audiobook format also provide accessibility for people with obstacles that prevent them from…
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