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Beyond the Book – CINDER

Do you love to read? Want to discuss your favorite books with other book lovers? Join the teen book club at the Erlanger branch of KCPL! We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. We discuss that month's book, share recommendations for other great books, and do creative writing or craft activities based on the book club choice for that month. There's something for everyone! For June we are reading Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer.  Cinder is a retelling of the classic Cinderella story, set in a future in which cyborgs are shunned, a mysterious disease is killing not only the poor but the King of New Beijing, and strange Lunars threaten the world's safety. This popular series has taken the YA Lit world by storm and is a must-read for all romance and dystopian fans!  To find out more about the event, sign-up to attend, or find out how you can get a copy of the book (without a library card or being put on a wait list!) visit our website. 

February Teen Books

2014 is going to be an amazing year for Young Adult Fiction! If you're ready for a great new book pick up one of our featured fiction novels below at your library, or click the cover to place a hold on a copy. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross is a Morris Award Finalist. Sixteen-year-old Maude Pichon, a plain, impoverished girl in Belle Epoque Paris, is hired by Countess Dubern to make her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, look more beautiful by comparison but soon Maude is enmeshed in a tangle of love, friendship, and deception.      This was one of Eden Rassette's favorite books of 2013. Eden is the Teen Librarian at the Erlanger branch. Find Eden's review of This Song Will Save Your Life on Goodreads! Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.   Madman's Daughter is the debut novel by Megan Shepherd. It's sequel, Her Dark Curiosity, was just released in January 2014.  In Madman's Daughter Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father's island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle.

Manga Reviews: Bunnies, Alice, and Vampire Boys

Graphic novels and manga are not just for teens or anime fans. There are so many great stories and wonderful artists out there for you to discover, so why not try something new! Below are three popular manga series that could appeal to just about anyone. Bunny Drop is one of the most unique and unusual manga series I have ever encountered. It is a perfect choice for those wanting to give manga a try and haven't read anything else or watching much anime before. It is in the slice-of-life genre, meaning that it portrays the real life of the characters, with no fantasy, science fiction, or supernatural content. Bunny Drop is the story of Rin Kaga, that little girl pictured on the cover, as she grows up with her adopted guardian, Daikichii. Rin is the daughter of a manga artist/author mother who abandoned her to Daikichii’s grandfather, who is the father! Daikichii does his best to raise Rin, while Rin unknowlingly makes Daikichii into a better person in her own way. Bunny Drop is unbelievably sweet and addicting. Get your copy from KCPL by going to the catalog here! I personally am not a fan of the original Alice in Wonderland or Alice Through the Looking Glass or even the classic animated "Alice in Wonderland" movie. There is something unnerving about it. Despite that, I absolutely loved Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose. The main character is, of course, the one and only Alice Lidell. Alice is feisty, but she isn't mean, and she stands up for herself and stands her ground when it comes to things she feels strongly about. The male characters are so varied and different, and their character designs are incredible detailed; they have so much depth [...]