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Teen Book Group

2nd Wednesday of the month from 7:00-8:00 PM

Led by Robin Brenner at the Main Library, 361 Washington Street. No sign-up is necessary. The book is available at the circulation desk one month before the discussion. Open to teens, 7th grade and up, and adults.

Check out our Shelf Respect site to keep up with club meetings and news.

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya van Wagenen

Aug 12, 2015

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Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help a shy girl become popular?
Maya Van Wagenen is about to find out.

Stuck near the bottom of the social ladder at “pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here,” Maya has never been popular. But before starting eighth grade, she decides to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell.

The real-life results are hilarious, painful, and filled with unexpected surprises. Told with humor and grace, Maya’s journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence, along with a better understanding of what it means to be popular.
-from the publisher

Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman

Sep 9, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room

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Geena can't wait to spend summer vacation at the Triple Shot Betty coffee shop with her best friend, Amber, and her cousin, Hero. But Amber and Hero hate each other on sight, and Geena's dreams of a girl-bonding summer fly out the window - then vanish entirely when a few cute (okay, drop-dead gorgeous) guys enter the picture. All is not what it seems, though, and in a story of mistaken identities, summer high jinks, and just enough romance, Geena and her friends learn that when Bettys unite, they can take on the most powerful force in their world: a hot guy. A reimagining of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare.
-from the publisher

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth

Oct 14, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room

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Lewis "Shoe" Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of life on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975: the joking, the Fireball games, the snow blowing through his roof. What he's not used to is white people being nice to him -- people like George Haddonfield, whose family recently moved to town with the Air Force. As the boys connect through their mutual passion for music, especially the Beatles, Lewis has to lie more and more to hide the reality of his family's poverty from George. He also has to deal with the vicious Evan Reininger, who makes Lewis the special target of his wrath. But when everyone else is on Evan's side, how can he be defeated? And if George finds out the truth about Lewis's home -- will he still be his friend?
-from the publisher