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York County Public Library

Feb 23

Teen Tuesdays: Crushes vs Boy/Girl Friendships in Middle Grade books

Posted on February 23, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Ms. Tyffany  and Ms. Sarah discuss Crushes and Friendships in the latest YCPL Book Talk video on You
If you’ve reached the Middle Grade section of the library, you’ve most likely begun to have questions about relationships. Relationships are complicated and come in many forms, from love between family members to closeness between friends to romantic crushes. That's why Ms. Tyffany and Ms. Susan, library assistants with the York County Public Library Youth Services department, wanted to discuss books that help young readers gain insight on the differences between a friendship and a crush. Visit our YouTube channel or or click "Continue Reading..." below to hear their discussion in our latest YCPL Book Talk.

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Feb 18

Teens Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Posted on February 18, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Book Reviews by YCPL teens and tweensTeens & Tweens Review is an opportunity for York County Public Library teens and tweens to write book reviews for their peers. Check out what our youth are reading below, and then see our list of read-alike titles suggested by YCPL staff.

Title: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Reviewed by: Michael S.
Rating: 4 stars

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard book coverIn Red Queen, protagonist Mare Barrow was born into a world where the color of one’s blood describes their social circumstance. Are you a red-blooded, destined to work every day or get conscripted into the military, or a silver noble enjoying the luxuries of a life built on the back of those you suppress and superpowers that make you near invincible? Mare is a red and is nearing the age of conscription into the army if she is not able to get an apprenticeship, until everything changes. A strange man gets her a job at the palace, where she discovers impossible powers in front of all the silver nobles. She is hidden away by the royal family; masquerading as a lost silver princess. Will she start a red rebellion, or will she be put to death for her incredible powers?

To see Michael's reactions to Red Queen, click on "Continue Reading..." below.

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Feb 12

Modern Romance Reads for Adults

Posted on February 12, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

YCPL staff offer their top 5 recommendations in a genre, format or topic.

Romance is a very popular genre that encompasses a wide variety of settings and interests. One such subgenre is the contemporary or modern romance novel, which is usually set in the present day. Characters in these romances juggle real-life problems —family issues, career demands, sudden changes—while looking for love. Visit our YouTube channel or click "Continue Reading..." below to see the embedded video to get our top picks.

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