The Teen Library Council (TLC) is thrilled to bring you another installment of their new recommendation series for teens, TLC Top 5. A mix of book, movie, podcast, and music recommendations written by members of the Teen Library Council.
The Teen Library Council is composed of teens in 8th-12th grade from across North Central Washington who work together to develop programs and services for teens. To find out more about the NCW Teen Library Council, visit ncwlibraries.org/tlc
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker (Book)
This sweet and colorful graphic novel is about a young witch, Nova, finding her childhood friend and pairing up to stop a group of power-hungry people trying to steal the magic of werewolves. The story has magic, romance, and adventure wrapped up into one wholesome book. Dealing with Tam’s sad past and with the help of Nova’s powerful moms, (both witches, themselves) this graphic novel is a perfect blend of exciting and tragic, with a little bit of magical baking mixed in.
~ Sophia, age 18, from Winthrop
Dimension 20 by College Humor (Podcast/Web Series)
Available for free wherever you listen to podcasts
Watch the episodes on the Dimension 20 YouTube channel and on the College Humor app, Dropout
Dimension 20 is a Dungeons and Dragons web series created by College Humor. There’s a ton of different stories available to watch and listen to. The Dungeon Master is typically master story-teller Brennan Lee Mulligan, who never fails to enchant and bewitch the audience and the party with his creations. The party themselves change depending on the story, but the dynamics are always thrilling and make the story all the better for it.
~ Kalea, age 17, from Wenatchee
Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger (Book)
I picked up this book from the gift shop of the Burke Museum in Seattle. It tells of the story of Ellie, a teenage girl with the power to summon animal ghosts. The novel follows Ellie’s investigation into the possible murder of her cousin. The magical world she lives in brings in a wonderful combination of culture and heritage and is thoughtfully developed throughout the book.
- ~ Olivia, age 17, from Cashmere
Little Women (2019) directed by Greta Gerwig (Film)
Set in the 1860s, Little Women is the story of Jo March (Saoirse Ronan), who is attempting to make it in New York City as a writer, but is called home to the bedside of her sick sister Beth (Eliza Scanlen) in their Massachusetts hometown, modeled after Concord. The audience learns through flashbacks how the pair grew up with their sisters Meg (Emma Watson) and Amy (Florence Pugh). The 2019 picture is the seventh film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 classic novel. The film accumulated six Academy Awards, including for Best Picture and Best Actress (Ronan) and won for Best Costume Design. Little Women is a coming-of-age story, but also one that showcases women with ambition and desire, something not necessarily common at the time. This latest version of the tale of the March sisters has become known and celebrated for its alternative take on the novel’s ending, along with a wealth of outstanding acting performances.
~ Isabel, age 16, from Leavenworth
Warcross by Marie Lu (Book)
This fast-paced novel follows the life of financially struggling teen, Emika Chen. To try to get by, she works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who illegally bet on the popular videogame Warcross. However, the life of a bounty hunter is fraught with peril and Emika needs to find a way to make some cash more efficiently. So like any of us, she hacks into the Warcross championship and accidentally glitches directly into the competition. She becomes an internet sensation and expects to be arrested for hacking, but the Warcross creator, billionaire Hideo Tanaka offers Emika an offer to meet him in Tokyo. She agrees and once she arrives in Japan, her life changes for the better (or the worse)?
~ Gabe, age 14, from Wenatchee