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  • Homework Help Is Here For You

    Homework Help

    Do tests have you freaking out?! Never fear! Brainfuse is here! 

    Brainfuse is your one-stop-shop for all your homework needs. With just your Library card number and PIN/password, you get 24/7 access to test prep resources (for the AP, ACT, SAT and GED) and resource guides on tons of topics.

  • Meet the Authors

    Sequel State of Mind Author Panel

    Kansas City is home to authors of many of 2018’s great books for teens. This year, we reconnect with some of these authors in a group discussion about how the writing process changes from the first book in a series to a second. Participating authors are Miranda AsebedoSarah Henning, and Natalie C. Parker. Panel moderated by Adib Khorram. Refreshments will be served.

    Thurs. August 15
    6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Monticello Library

    Registration is not required, but requested for this event. Register online or call 913.826.4600. Books by both authors will be available for purchase through Rainy Day Books at the event.

  • Share Your Voice

    Counting Stars by Lucy Sun

    The Library's literary arts magazine, elementia, is currently accepting teen art and writing for consideration in our next issue! Submit today!

Latest Content

Teen Review
The Grief Keeper cover
Villasante, Alexandra
Reviewer's Rating: 
Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

The Grief Keeper tells the story of a young girl named Marisol who is trying to immigrate with her younger sister to America after the murder of their brother. She is caught crossing the border and told she must participate in an experimental study, or be sent back home to El Salvador. As part of the study, Marisol becomes a grief keeper, taking upon the grief of Rey, a young woman struggling with mental illness, to ensure she can stay in the country.

The most compelling aspect of the book, in my opinion, was Marisol coming to terms with her sexuality. Throughout the book, Marisol...

Teen Review
Wild and Crooked cover
Thomas, Leah
Reviewer's Rating: 
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

The book switches between perspectives of two different, yet alike, characters forcing you to look at the situation from multiple perspectives. It is a book dedicated to those who are often pushed to the side in today’s world, and shows that we are all more alike than one might think, and that you should not judge others based on only what you’ve heard.

The most compelling aspect of the book to me was the underlying mystery mixed with the two teens who were drawn to each other. As they were learning about one another, one was very truthful, while the other claimed to be deceitful- ...

Teen Review
Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules cover
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019

Delilah Dirk is about this adventurer who has to find clues to uncover a hidden city. She goes with her assistant, Selim, and a writer of the "Weekly Observer", who is up to something more mischievous. On the way she encounters many problems- for example she has to fight a ruler of a city to get a clue! The most compelling part of the book is when we (the reader) find out Van Hassel's real plan with the city. The sudden twist made the book very hard to put down.

This book has everything: mystery, adventure, a twist, some background information, and a little mythology. I can't think...

Teen Review
Frankly in Love Cover
Yoon, David
Reviewer's Rating: 
Monday, Oct 7, 2019

Frank Li lives with his Korean-immigrant parents in California, growing up with American culture and feeling like his parents don't understand. As he starts to fall for Brit Means, a white girl his parents would never approve of him dating, Frank pretends to date Joy Song, a family friend who is in the same situation. But everything Frank knows about his life is much more complicated than it seems, especially high school dating. 

I think the most compelling aspect of the book is that it's not just filled with love and romance, but navigating that romance for the first time. In most...

Teen Review
The Last True Poets of the Sea cover
Julia Drake
Reviewer's Rating: 
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019

I think that the cover is beautiful. I like that the illustrations of the plants and things in the background give the cover the feel of the ocean since the book is called Last True Poets of the Sea. The most compelling aspect of this book was that the main character was hunting for a lost shipwreck that one of her ancestors survived. I thought that the plot of the story was really interesting. The only thing I was disappointed with in this book is that it seemed to take a while to get the story going, the beginning was a little slow. Nothing really happened during the first half but the...

Teen Review
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up With Me cover
Mariko Tamaki
Reviewer's Rating: 
Thursday, Aug 29, 2019

Freddy is a young teen who is struggling with her friends, her job, and most importantly her relationship. The book makes you feel a connection with these characters very quickly so from the start you’re rooting for your favorite character. I was not disappointed by anything. The art was outstanding and the story was impeccable. I was extremely satisfied by the ending. Hard to imagine a better book.

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