Read, discover, learn, create @ Belgrade LibraryWelcome to the Belgrade Community Library’s brand new blog, BCL.Teens. This blog will feature book reviews submitted by local teens. Librarians and teen authors will also share news and articles relevant to young adults in  Gallatin County, Montana.

Because we hope this will be an interactive experience, we encourage you to leave comments. You can also submit reviews to include on this site!

Congrats to Our Winners!

The library received 139 entries to the teen summer reading contest.  The grand prize went to Tara G. (10th grade). Other winners included Savannah E. (9th grade), Jayden M. (7th grade), and Emma M. (7th grade).  Thank you everybody for submitting reviews, and I hope you have an excellent first few weeks back at school!

iPad winner Basket 3 winner Basket 1 winner Basket 2 winner

Peter Pan

Peter Pan coverPeter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Reviewed by Leah P. (12th grade)

***** (Everybody should read this book)

Peter Pan is an immensely well written book.  Each character’s personality is made evident through fascinating descriptions of actions and thoughts.  The overall story itself is fun, intense and deep on so many levels.  Truly a classic!

The Thief

The Thief coverThe Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Reviewed by Leah P. (12th grade)

***** (Everybody should read this book) — plus some! :-)

This book gets extra stars because it is by far the most genius book I’ve ever read!  The whole plot is so well thought out from start to finish that, no matter how many times you re-read it, you find something new.

Count Down to Teen Book Club

Two weeks until teen book club reconvenes to discuss dystopian novels. What exactly is a dystopian novel? Some of your peers have asked me this question at the information desk–and here is what we have come up with. A dystopia is the opposite of a utopia. Somewhere along the line, society has gone bad. While the world may seem better on the surface, the people are actually being oppressed in some sort of way.

Take Delirium by Lauren Oliver as an example. In Oliver’s future society, people are no longer afflicted by amor deliria nervosa. Once upon a time the horrible disease caused madness, jealousy, and war.   The solution was a procedure, a surgery at age 18 to cure citizens–removing their ability to love. Most citizen’s are afraid of “delirium” and willingly undergo surgery, but there are a few rebels known as invalids who shun their government and take to the wilderness.

Delirium and other dystopian books like 1984Matched, The GiverWither, Uglies, Feed, and Divergent are available for checkout at the library. Join us on August 22 at 4:00 p.m. for discussion and activities!


Offspring coverOffspring by Scott Appleton

Reviewed by Emma M. (7th grade)

***** (Everybody should read this book)

Yet another great book where a girl, her dad and her aunts save the day. I think it’s absolutely amazing the things authors can think up for a great book. If you liked the first book, Swords of the Six, then you’ll definitely love this one as well.

Swords of the Six

Swords of the SixSwords of the Six by Scott Appleton

Reviewed by Emma M. (7th grade)

***** (Everybody should read this book)

I thought this book was very very very good. I love dragons, I love it when girls save the day, and I love how Appleton involves God along with  other things I love. So all in all, I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes dragons and girls saving the day.

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