Teen Book Bytes is a new teen book club to read and discuss multicultural books 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 Thursday Nov 19th and Thursday Dec 17th at 4pm OR 7pm via Zoom. Registered participants will be emailed a Zoom link and the link will be posted on the library’s event calendar page 24 hours before the event.

NOVEMBER:

Our November discussion will be on The Dark Matter of Mona Star, a graphic novel by Laura Lee Gulledge. This title is currently available in print or as an eComic on HOOPLA. Click here to reserve a copy. 

Cover image for The dark matter of Mona Starr / Laura Lee Gulledge.

“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.”

November meeting 4 pm: https://kckpl.librarymarket.com/events/teen-book-bytes-400-pm

November meeting 7 pm: https://kckpl.librarymarket.com/events/teen-book-bytes-700pm

DECEMBER:

Our December discussion will be on Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. This title is currently available in print, as an audiobook on AXIS 350, or as an eBook on HOOPLA. Click here to reserve a copy. 

Cover image for Raybearer / Jordan Ifueko.

“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.”

December meeting 4 pm: https://kckpl.librarymarket.com/events/teen-book-bytes-400-pm-0

December meeting 7 pm: https://kckpl.librarymarket.com/events/teen-book-bytes-700-pm