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Teen Author Reading Night Celebrates One Year at Central Library

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape,
Teen Author Reading Night Flyer

This week marks the 1-year anniversary of Central Library’s Teen Author Reading Night, a monthly panel where teens, teachers, writers, and fans of young adult literature can meet authors and hear them read from their new books. Since our first panel, over 400 people have come to see bestselling and award-winning authors like Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Rachel Cohn, Lauren Kate, Melina Marchetta, and Ned Vizzini at Central Library.

The next Teen Author Reading Night will be on Thursday, February 28 in Meeting Room A at Central Library with host Cecil Castellucci (The Year of the Beasts) and panelists Jessica Brody (Unremembered), Michelle Gagnon (Don’t Turn Around), Sarah Skilton (Bruised), and Amy Spalding (The Reece Malcolm List). Here’s a sneak preview of their books:

Unremembered
When a girl, estimated to be sixteen, awakens with amnesia in the wreckage of a plane crash she should not have survived, her only clue to her identity is a mysterious boy who claims she was part of a top-secret science experiment. Kirkus called it “fast-paced and sure to satisfy romance-oriented readers.”

Don’t Turn Around
After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret. In a starred review, Kirkus called it “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for preteens and teens” and “a pulse-pounding scary-great read.”

Bruised
When Imogen, a sixteen-year-old black belt in Tae Kwon Do, freezes during a holdup at a local diner, the gunman is shot and killed by the police, and she blames herself for his death. Publishers Weekly says, in a starred review, “Offering psychological drama and an introduction to a martial-arts code of behavior, the book has a meaningful message about power, control, and the internal bruises carried by victims.”

The Reece Malcolm List
When her father dies suddenly, Devan is shipped off to Los Angeles to live with her estranged mother, Reece Malcolm, a bestselling novelist with little time for a daughter, and Devan navigates her way through her new performing arts school. Forever Young Adult called it “a definite crowd-pleaser.”

Doors open at 6:30pm, and the reading will begin at 7pm. All ages are welcome, no reservations are necessary, and of course, it’s free!


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