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Our NCW Teen Library Council is proud to announce its 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 council is composed of teens in 8th-12th grade from across North Central Washington who work together to develop library programs and services geared especially for teens. To find out more about the NCW Teen Library Council, visit

This month we show our love for a variety of books (and an incredible podcast) from mythic retellings to romance.

Book coverThe Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V. E. Schwab (Book)

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue follows a young woman as she lives through time without making a mark on the world. I was drawn instantly to the main characters and fell in love with the beauty of Schwab’s writing. Each character is full of love, pain, and flaws that unfold throughout the 300-year span of the novel, creating an epic, irresistible tale. 

– Sophia, age 17, from Winthrop

Morbid: A True Crime Podcast hosted by Alaina Urquhart and Ash Kelly (Podcast)

Available for free wherever you listen to podcasts

Morbid is a true crime podcast with comedy added throughout. The usually heavy topics and the hosts lighthearted humor create a balanced and enjoyable listening experience. Whether you’re on your way to work/school or de-stressing at night, Morbid is the perfect true crime podcast.

 – Gabe, age 14, from Wenatchee

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Book)

Six of Crows is the first in a duology set in the universe of her other popular Shadow and Bone trilogy. I instantly fell in love with the core group of characters, who are truly the heart of this story. Each one is unique, with their own personality and intricate backstory. The dynamics of this group made it near impossible to put the book down.

– Kalea, age 17, from Wenatchee

Book coverSome Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan (Book)

Some Girls Do is a thought provoking, dual perspective story about the struggles of being queer as a teen. The main characters Ruby and Morgan are endearing and likable, and I found myself rooting for both of them. Following a struggling pageant queen and a do-gooder, I highly recommend reading this and watching Morgan and Ruby’s relationship develop.

– Madeline, age 15, from Tonasket

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Book)

Song of Achilles is a beautiful retelling of the greek myth of Achilles and Patroclus by Madeline Miller, author of the New York Times #1 best seller Circe. The book is a perfect mixture of heart wrenching sweetness and sorrow. It also has my favorite ending of any book I’ve read. 

– Olivia, age 17, from Cashmere

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