There is always something new and engaging to read on PWPL’s New Teen book shelf. Here are a few recent arrivals that come highly recommended for adults, as well as teens.
The Librarian of Auschwitz, by Antonio Iturbe, is based on the real life experiences of Dita Kraus, a fourteen-year-old girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust. Dita and her parents are taken from Prague’s Terezin ghetto to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, where a Jewish leader asks Dita to take charge of the eight books prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards for their “school.” Because knowledge is power, the Nazis forbid school or any other learning activities, but the prisoners choose not to abide by that rule. The eight precious books Dita fiercely protects, along with the “living books” - teachers who retell stories from past books they have read and reread – keep hope alive in a very frightening and uncertain world.
Check it out and become intimately acquainted with the remarkable Das women, in just 320 pages.
Turtles All the Way Down, by rock star author John Green, will likely fly off the library shelf. Go ahead and place that hold, because this book is worth the wait. Aza and her best friend Daisy set out to solve the mystery of a missing billionaire, motivated by the promise of a $100,000 reward. Along the way Aza collects a charming love interest. Davis Pickett, who happens to be the son of the missing man. This isn’t a simple mystery/romance; Aza is afflicted with severe anxiety and OCD, which sends her thoughts spiraling out of control. In a press release, John Green said, “This is my first attempt to write directly about the kind of mental illness that has affected my life since childhood, so while the story is fictional, it is also quite personal.”
--Mary Schneeberger, Teen Services Coordinator