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Some Book Series You May Love (From The COL TAG!)

A Matter of Magic:
By Patricia Wrede

MagicA Matter of Magic is about a young orphan girl living on her own, making do with stealing and odd jobs for others. One day Kim meets a man who asks her to search for something on a traveling magician’s cart. While she does believes this is a fake magician, Kim joins the caravan and her journey begins. The book is two stories in one, meaning books 1 & 2 are together to make an awesome story. I recommend A Matter of Magic to people who want romance that isn’t the whole story, but is there. It’s funny and a good mystery.

Demon Trappers series:
By Jana G. Oliver



The Demon Trappers series is about Riley Blackthorne, daughter of famous demon trapper Paul Blackthorne. All Riley wants is to follow in her dad’s footsteps, even if he doesn’t want her to. This series is truly wonderful. It’s full of action scenes as well as comedy and romantic ones. Throughout the books you get to follow Riley in her struggles as a teenager going through school and trying to prove that a woman can be a demon trapper too. It’s a  MUST read!




Wake, Fade, Gone:
By Lisa McMann

A trilogy about Janie, a 17-year-old girl who gets sucked into other people’s dreams whenever they’re sleeping and she’s nearby. This story is another must-read. A well-written book that will grab the attention of any reader.

Columbia Teen Advisory Group (TAG)


Teen Reviewed: Wizard’s First Rule

Wizard's First RuleWizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Wizard’s First Rule is a rare book.  On the outside, it appears to be a giant, sprawling fantasy novel in the same vein as The Lord of the Rings. However, this book is not about giant battles, deep and complex history, or bearded wizards.  Instead, this book is entirely about the characters and their development… the plot is nothing new.

Richard Cypher is a woods guide living a normal life with his father and brother.  Then he discovers a mysterious woman named Kahlan who is trying to escape a group of armed men.  After saving her from them, Richard learns that he is a legendary warrior called “the seeker.”  It’s his destiny to defeat the evil tyrant, Darken Rahl.  And then, adventure!

Like I said, the plot isn’t really the best part.  Personally, I can look past that.  The reason I can do that is because of how masterfully Goodkind wrote this.  There are a few twists that come out of nowhere and work very well.  The characters are real and relatable.  Plus, it has a great sense of humor.

If you, like me, are really into character development, then I highly recommend this book.  If you’re interested, Wizard’s First Rule is actually a part of a much larger series called The Sword of TruthEven still, it works very well on its own and tells a complete story.

–Sara, Columbia TAG Member


Teen Adviser Meeting @ Columbia tomorrow!

Teen Adviser MeetingTeen Adviser Meeting  Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Earn service learning hours while being creative at the Library! Plan library programs, create displays, write blog posts and more.

TAG is the Teen Advisory Group at the Columbia Branch. TAG members help plan library programs, create displays, write blog posts and otherwise help the library be relevant and cool.

Service Learning hours can be earned for those who are ages 14+ and in high school.

For more information call Shadee at Columbia (206-386-1908) or Ask a Librarian!

2nd Annual "Gifts for Teens, by Teens!"

Holiday Gifts List For Teens

This is a potential list of gifts for adults to give to the teenagers in their lives.  You could give your teen some clothes, some books, some movies and other awesome items. 

Enjoy!  😀

Other: Uggs, Pairs of Toms, Boots, Coat

Gift cards:  iTunes / Amazon / Starbucks

Hunger Games

Twilight: New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn

Toys: Airplanes, Thomas & Friends, Caillou

 Shows/Books: Dragon Ball Z, The Vampire Diaries

E-books: Kindle/ Nook

Video Games: PS3 / Kinect / Wii /Just Dance /Assassin Creed / Call of Duty: Black Ops

Books: Sweet Evil, Die For Me, Speak, The Seventh Sister, Judy Blume, The Alice Series, Demon Trapper’s Daughter, The Underworld Series

Movie Tickets

Shopping Places: Foot Locker, Champs, American Leader, Sephora, The Body Shop

Hair Products: Blue Magic, Dr. Miracle

Brought to you by the Columbia Teen Advisory Group

Unforgettable Reads: Draper, Naylor & Blume


Romiette and Julio

Romiette and Julio was my first Sharon Draper book. It’s a bit similar to Romeo and Juliet, the whole star-crossed lovers theme. Except that Romiette is an African American and Julio is Mexican. Because they’re from two different worlds, their friends and family believe that they should not mix. But their love is so strong.  And it trespasses obstacles.  Their love keeps going strong.  Whether they suffer the same fate as the iconic Romeo and Juliet is for you to find out yourself.  So read this book.

The Alice series means so much to me.  I grew up with them.  Even though Alice was white and I was African,  Alice and I had a lot in common.  I love how she was able to get out of any situation.  The first Alice book that I read was Alice in Rapture, Sort Of.  That was an awesome book.  That is where my journey with her started.  In that book, Alice goes on her first date with Patrick.  A series of events go wrong but in the end, Alice is delighted to find out that Patrick likes her for herself.  From then on, the two are seen as a couple.  There are so many Alice Books that it’s impossible to finish them all.  Even though I started reading them in seventh grade, I am in 11thgrade and I still read them from time to time.  Try one out.  

Are you there, God? It's Me, Margaret

Judy Blume is like a rite of passage.  I mean if you are a tween or a teen – you need to read Judy Blume.  No matter what you are going through: love, friendship, relationships or even religion, Judy Blume has a story for you.  Judy Blume is the real version of a Fairy Godmother.  Her books are timeless.  Judy Blume is truly awesome and an icon for all tweens and teens.  Obviously I love her, but honestly it’s impossible to not like a Judy Blume book.

Teen Blogger Khadija

Brought to you by the Columbia Branch TAG

The Darkest Powers Reviewed


The Summoning is the first book in the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong.  This book is about a girl named Chloe who is sent to a home for teens who are, well, crazy.  Well later do we find out that this “home” is really run by a bad group called the Edison group, who really wanted to monitor the progress theses teens made because they have supernatural powers. This book is wonderful. The writer really knows how to keep the readers engaged.  I re-read this book twice and I still love it!  Chloe is a great character and Simon (sorcerer) and his brother Derek (werewolf) are great companions to her in this book. Continue reading

"Must See" Drama

A Single Man

 A Single Man is one of the most awesome movies that I have ever seen. It talks about an English professor who finds it hard to focus on his job after losing the true love of his life, Jim.  Although the movie is based on a stream of consciousness book, it is easy to follow.  It’s full of great actors.  In fact, Colin Firth was Oscar-nominated for his leading role in this movie.  It’s a great puzzle.  Yet, it’s clear and concise.  I did not hear about this movie until I was about thirteen.  I did not watch it until I was about seventeen.  It was worth the wait; it’s fresh, new and retro.  I loved it and I’m sure you’ll love it.  Continue reading