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  • Young Adult Advisory Council

    YAAC

    YAAC is a group for teens that love Johnson County Library and want to give back! Unlike our hairy homonymic cousins we won’t make you schlep our belongings up a mountain, instead we want your input and enthusiasm on Library services and programs to teens. If you want to get involved, earn volunteer credit and meet other teens who love the Library, join us at the location closest to you!

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Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1363518036_the_glass_arrow
Kristen Simmons
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Monday, Apr 17, 2017

This is the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1476602036_projekt_1065
Alan Gratz
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Apr 13, 2017

Infiltrate. Befriend. Sabotage. World War II is raging. Michael O'Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. Like the other boys in his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth. But Michael has a secret. He and his parents are spies. Michael despises everything the Nazis stand for. But he joins in the Hitler Youth's horrific games and book burnings, playing the part so he can gain insider knowledge. When Michael learns about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/856451036_the_cabinet_of_wonders
Marie Rutkoski
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017

Petra Kronos has a simple, happy life. But it’s never been ordinary. She has a pet tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair and give her advice. Her best friend can trap lightning inside a glass sphere. Petra also has a father in faraway Prague who is able to move metal with his mind. He has been commissioned by the prince of Bohemia to build the world’s finest astronomical clock.

Petra’s life is forever changed when, one day, her father returns home—blind. The prince has stolen his eyes, enchanted them, and now wears them. But why? Petra doesn’t know, but...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/991020036_the_outsiders
S. E. Hinton
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Apr 6, 2017

No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends - true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. And when it comes to the beating up on "greasers" like him and his friends - he knows that he can count on them for trouble. But one night someone takes things too far, and Ponyboy's world is turned upside down...

S. E. Hinton created a believable and engaging cast of characters who struggle with conflict in and...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1331345036_jackaby
William Ritter
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Apr 6, 2017

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1419230036_knife_edge
Andy Lane
Reviewer's Rating: 
2
Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017

Sherlock Holmes is known for his keen intellect and astute powers of observation -- in this YA spinoff, Andrew Lane explores the adventures of Sherlock's youth and how he came to be the detective we all know and love.

When I first picked up Knife Edge, I was simultaneously unimpressed by the cliché cover design and excited by the fact that the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Estate had actually endorsed this particular book series. I soon discovered that a group of adults' opinion of a YA novel is not always the most accurate indicator of a teenager's liking.

There were many aspects...

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