For the Love of Nonfiction: Great Nonfiction Reads for Teens 
I love fiction. I love the healthy dose of escapism that delving into a world created by imagination provides. However, I recently have come to love the world of nonfiction just as much. Nonfiction encompasses so many subjects; from sports to science, politics to poetry, and (my favorites) memoir and biography. Below are some nonfiction picks for teens that fascinated, inspired, and educated me on a variety of different subjects.



Weird Kentucky by Jeffery Scott Holland
The ghostly “Lady in Blue” of the Seelbach Hotel? A medieval castle in Lexington? A half-goat, half-man monster spotted on an abandoned train trestle off Taylorsville Rd? All these strange phenomena of the bluegrass state and many more can be found in Weird Kentucky. Sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction.



Women Heros of World War II by Kathryn J. Atwood contains twenty-six intriguing and suspense-filled stories about women and girls who refused to sit on the sidelines during WWII and who risked their lives to defeat the Nazis.



The Look Book by Erika Stadler features the signature looks of beauty icons from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and gives step by step instruction on how to achieve any featured look. From Jackie Kennedy’s frosted pink lips to Kat Von D’s smoky eyes, this book covers any look you’ve ever wanted to try! A brief yet informative biography of each style icon is also included, so besides learning awesome new hair and makeup tricks, the reader can learn about the lives of these amazing women.



Poetry Speaks who I am edited by Elisa Paschen
With over 100 poems by a wide range of poets, Poetry Speaks who I am is a wonderful collection for already established lovers of poetry and those who are interested in learning more about the written art form. The anthology also includes an audio CD that features recordings of poets such as Robert Frost reading their original work.



Scalpels, Stitches and Scars by John Townsend
Squeamish readers beware! Scalpels, Stitches, and Scars highlight’s bizarre and gruesome medical practices throughout history. From ancient South American tribes using the jaws of army ants to stitch up wounds to “living bandages” created from patient’s own skin cells, this book is a fascinating ride through the history of surgery. There are many full color photos throughout the book as well which could be considered a good or bad thing depending on your gross-out tolerance.

I hope you’ll be inspired to peruse the shelves of your local library for one of these gems! If you have any nonfiction reads that you would like to share please post in the comments section below.

-Claire Cecil, Youth Services, Jeffersontown Branch

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Good Things Come in Threes: Great Series for Summer Reading 
Books in a series can be a blessing and a curse! When you finish a fun YA book, how great is it to discover that it is the first book in a trilogy? On the other hand, if the book was amazing, you usually have to wait a year or longer for the next book in the series to be published. Even though the wait is sometimes long and painful, I can’t help myself from starting YA trilogies. You are probably familiar with The Hunger Games series and Twilight…here are some other exciting, young adult series that I highly recommend. Just be warned…once you read one, you will likely be hooked!


You have probably heard your friends mention the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. This older teen novel focuses on Tris, a young teen who has to make a choice to either stay with the friends and family that she is familiar with or to strike out on her own. If you are not familiar with Divergent, stop what you are doing and find a copy to read, however you can! Trust me; it will change your life! The second book in the Divergent series, Insurgent, is available now, and Allegiant, the final book in the series, comes out Oct. 22 of this year.


Another older teen novel I enjoyed, Just One Day , by Gayle Foreman, ended with an amazing cliffhanger...another series! This novel focuses on Allyson and Will, who meet while on vacation in Europe and spend a perfect day together before he vanishes! The sequel, Just One Year, will be published on Oct. 15, 2013 and will be told from Will’s point of view. This is another book that I am eagerly awaiting!



The Selection , by Kiera Cass, is another older teen novel that is the first in a planned series. America Singer is one of 35 young, women vying for the chance to win the heart of Prince Maxon and live in luxury for the rest of her life. This dystopian novel is part Hunger Games, part Bachelorette, and all fun! The Elite is the second novel in this series and I am anxiously waiting for my copy to come in so I can find out what happens next!


Finally, there is Shatter Me, an older teen novel by Tahereh Mafi. In this dystopian novel, Juliette’s touch is lethal…no one can touch her without dying except the boy she has loved forever, Adam. Adam tries to help her escape the cruel government that wants to use Juliette’s powers as a weapon. The second book in the series, Unravel Me, is out now and the library also has her mini e-book, Destroy Me, available to download for free from our eBooks link. This series is truly addictive!

Do you have any trilogies or books in a series that you are obsessed with and love to recommend to friends? Add your favorite series to the comments section below and help spread the word about fun, YA series that would be perfect to complete Teen Summer Reading (TSR) at the library!

-Aimee, Youth Services, Southwest Branch

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Haunting Mysteries for Summer Reading 
Do you like mysteries? Do you like ghost stories? Do you like mysteries that have ghosts in them? Then I have two perfect books for you: Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff and The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington.



Paper Valentine is about a girl named Hannah who is living through one of the hottest Julys on record. And her best friend Lillian died six months before from anorexia. Plus there is a serial killer, a.k.a. the Valentine Killer, on the loose in town. Last, but not least, Lillian is now haunting Hannah and bugging her to investigate the mysterious deaths of the girls who are the serial killer's victims. Creepy in a dead-best-friend-haunting-you-while-a-serial-killer's-on-the-loose kind of way.

The Dead and Buried is about Jade, whose family has just moved into a new house in a new town. Jade is happy about the new house and about the fresh start for her and her family. Unfortunately, the house is haunted by the ghost of a girl who died there and wants to know who killed her--and who doesn't care what she has to do to get the truth and to get her revenge.

-Emily Mauldin, Middletown Branch

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Tired of Reading Books by the Same Author?! 
Congratulations to those who have begun the library’s Teen Summer Reading program! You are one step closer to completing the program and earning the snazzy messenger bag and other great prizes. Now, you may come to a time when you have either read all the books by one particular author or finished reading the entire popular series such as The Hunger Games or House of Night.



Where do you go to try something different? These two sites show you where you can find similar titles and authors of your interest:


With Fantastic Fiction, you can find where a particular title falls in a series, an entire bibliography of what the author has published, similar authors to a particular genre, and even upcoming titles soon to be released.

NoveList offers reviews and is able to filter books/authors similar to your taste. You can even narrow down what genre of literature you enjoy. Broaden your horizons by exploring these two websites.

- Micah Followay, Shively Branch

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Maggot Moon: a Book Review  
Here's a great title for a chilling, dazzling, and perfect first teen read for the summer of 2013. If you enjoyed The Book Thief or dystopian teen lit, then you'll love Maggot Moon.



Meet Standish Treadwell. He has two different colored eyes. He can’t read well. He can’t write well. He isn’t considered to be very bright. But after his parents were taken from him, Standish starts seeing things in a whole new way. With help from his friend Hector, his world begins to brighten. Although it may not be much, Standish finds hope in his grandfather and the Moon Man for the future. In hopes of discovering what’s being hidden by the Motherland, Standish and Hector venture to the other side of wall. What they find will blow you away.

An absolutely stunning read. I defy anyone to read this and finish with dry eyes.

If you read Maggot Moon let us know what you think. Hate it? Love it? Ambivalent? Weirded out? I would love to hear a teen’s point of view of this book.

-Heather Lee, Children's Librarian, St Matthews Branch


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