Book suggestions from the Teen Center Advisors


The Teen Center Advisors are a group of high school students who earn service learning credit by working with the library.   Here’s what they think you should read this summer!


This is all: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn, by Aidan Chambers
A good book to read over the summer is This is all: The pillow book of Cordelia Kenn. It is a fascinating compilation of intertwining storylines describing the life of one young, woman soon to be a mother. Speaking from her standpoint, she is addressing her unborn daughter, which creates an interesting perspective for readers to follow along from.

Annie’s Baby by Anonymous (Author), Beatrice Sparks (Editor)
This books is a quick but fantastic read. It carries you through the difficult stages of being a pregnant teen. Sounds a little too cliché? But it’s so real that you yourself cannot help but put yourself into the character’s shoes.

The Artemis Fowl series, by Eoin Colfer
This is an old series that I read in middle school that I would recommend to people who love fantasy because that’s what the series is all about. With the cunningness of the main character Artemis Fowl. He leads you on an adventure that has you wondering how a boy can do what an adult could possibly come up with and outsmart humans and other life forms.

A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
For summer reading I would suggest A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller. It’s a science fiction novel that won the prestigious Hugo Award and my respect. It’s a great book and well written, and I would suggest it to all ages of readers.

I Am the Messenger, by Marcus Zusak
I Am the Messenger is an interesting book about how an average, deadbeat taxi driver manages to change his life and the lives of 12 people he has never seen before. The book is written in a very English way with some comedy thrown in and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good book.

Sabriel, by Garth Nix
Sabriel, written by Garth Nix, is an epic tale with the most original take on magic (and in particular, necromancy) that I’ve ever seen or read. It has a perfect blend of action, slightly sarcastic humor, a touch of romance, and human emotion – all written with a flowing, almost lyrical way. Read it if you’re interested in a good fantasy book.

Wicked, by Gregory McGuire
Bewitchingly wonderful; the “true” life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Bleak House, by Charles Dickens
A bleak but wonderfully classic read.

Crush, by Richard Siken
Richard Siken’s Crush is the only book of poetry I have ever enjoyed. Maybe you will too!

Paper Towns, by John Green
Quentin Jacobsen is in love with his neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman, but he never happens to tell her what he feels. One night, she makes him get involved with her revenge on her boyfriend. It might sound cliché but the writing style will make it fresh. Paper Towns is one of your must-read books.

Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood
Oryx and Crake is the story of a futuristic dystopia in which genetic engineers have seized power, resulting in an altered world where quality of life is non-existent.

The Stand, by Stephen King
The Stand is the quintessential end-of-society epic in which 99% of the world is killed by a super flu virus. Those who are left must battle symbolic forces of good and evil to rebuild their lives and for their very survival. This is arguably Stephen King’s greatest work.

Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot, by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
This book is a correspondence between two young women in the Victorian era in which romance, adventure and magic are all mixed together. This book is very fun and exciting to read, and anyone who liked Bewitching Season, and/or loves Jane Austen should definitely read this.

Interested in earning service learning credit with the Teen Center Advisors next school year?  Email and we’ll sign you up to receive more information!

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