Teen Book Bytes is a new teen book club to read and discuss multicultural books and those that offer mirrors and windows to life experiences and individual perspectives. We’ll have an afternoon session and an evening session for participants. Pick whichever slot fits your schedule. We’ll meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 4pm and 7pm on Zoom. Contact eking@kckpl.org or smawhirter@kckpl.org for the Zoom link, or click on the time slot below to register for our October program.

Wednesday, October 21 @ 4pm

Wednesday, October 21 @ 7pm

Our October discussion will be on Pet by Akwaeke Emezi.

In a near-future society that claims to have gotten rid of all monstrous people, a creature emerges from a painting seventeen-year-old Jam’s mother created, a hunter from another world seeking a real-life monster.

There are no monsters anymore. In the city of Lucille, Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. Then Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood. Pet has come to hunt a monster– and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist? — adapted from jacket

This title is currently available in print or electronic copies on AXIS 360. Click here to reserve a copy. Here is the link to our AXIS 360 catalog.

Can’t make it in October, make plans to join us in November and/or December:

November 18: The Dark Matter of Mona Starr Graphic Novel by Laura Lee Gulledge

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A bold and original YA graphic novel about battling your inner doubts and fears-and finding your genius Sometimes, the world is too much for Mona Starr. She’s sweet, geeky, and creative, but it’s hard for her to make friends and connect with other people. She’s like a lot of sensitive teenagers-but in the hands of graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulledge, Mona’s struggle with depression takes on a vivid, concrete form. Mona calls it her Matter. The Matter gets everywhere, telling Mona she’s not good enough, and that everyone around her wishes she would go away. But through therapy, art, writing, and the persistence of a few good friends, Mona starts to understand her Matter, and how she-and readers-can turn their fears into strengths. Heartfelt, emotionally vulnerable, and visually stunning, The Dark Matter of Mona Starr is a story that takes the inner life of a teenager seriously, while giving readers a new way to look at the universal quest for meaning and connection.

December 16: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

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Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn–but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.

Author Notes

Jordan Ifueko is a Nigerian American writer who grew up eating fried plantains while reading comic books under a blanket fort. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their collection of Black Panther Funko Pops. Raybearer is her debut novel.