Teen Hideout Blog


Drop in and join The Fray! This club is for both novices and experienced needle-workers. Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch, or work another needle craft, come to learn and share. Bring your own supplies and projects. For ages 10 and up.

Meets the last Tuesday of each month, 6-8pm.

Teen Zine

Teen Zine is the Huntley Area Public Library’s writers’ club for grades 6 – 12. Teen Zine is also the name of our group’s quarterly publication. If you like writing, photography, art, graphic design, and/or publishing, we would love your creative input! Take me to the current issue! Meetings: Teen Zine meets monthly in the library’s program room.  No need to register, just drop in.  Upcoming dates: Friday, July 14,…


Spider-Man Scramble

Unscramble the names of these Spider-Man characters for a chance to win a Marvel Spider-Man Sling Backpack.  Submit your answers by July 31, 2017 to enter.  One winner will be drawn and contacted the first week of August. For grades 6-12. Please provide phone number or email so we can contact you if you are the winner.



The Martian by Andy Weir Science Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) The Martian is one of those books that exceeds your expectations by a long shot.  You may think it’s a boring book, but wait, it has potatoes!  Astronaut Mark Watney is left on Mars when a satellite his him and his crew abandons him.  He has to figure out how to make food, water,…



Brave by Svetlana Chmakova Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) The book is about a middle-schooler named Jensen who is teased for his looks and hobbies.  When the newspaper club asks him to help in a project about bullying and how it impacts us, he realizes that being brave is all it takes.


Chloe by Design

Chloe by Design by Margaret Gurevich Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) I like this because it is all about fashion design.  Chloe is the main person in the book.  She won the Fashion Teen Design Diva.  When you win that you get a job in New York City working with the top designers.  Now she is working for Stefan Meyers.  On the first day she…


Dumbest Idea Ever

The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction Review #1 At thirteen, Jimmy was popular, at the top of the class, and the leading scorer on his basketball team.  But all that changed when chicken pox forced him to miss the championship game.  Then things went from bad to worse when he got pneumonia and missed more school.  Before Jimmy knew it, his grades were sinking and…



Micro by Michael Crichton & Richard Preston Science Fiction Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) Micro is a book that has a power hungry evil doctor that doesn’t like people who foil his schemes.  He convinces 7 college students from MIT and plans to test out his illegal shrink ray on them.  I think this book is good for people who are into this stuff.  I love Michael Crichton’s…


Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Realistic Fiction Romance Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) Madeline Whittier (17) suffers from SCID.  Her mom, who’s a doctor, keeps her inside their house and won’t let her interact with anyone unless they’re “sanitized.”  What will happen when a new family moves in next door?


SYNC – Free Audiobooks

For the past few summers, SYNC (sponsored by AudioFile Magazine) has been offering free audiobooks for teens through Overdrive – these are titles you can download, listen to, and keep.  This year, summer has come early – SYNC’s 2017 season runs from April 27 – August 16, 2017.  Each week they offer 2 free titles.  You can check out the schedule and download the books here: http://www.audiobooksync.com/.  I’m looking forward to Feed,…


Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon Realistic Fiction Romance * * * * Stars (Great!) Natasha, an undocumented immigrant from Jamaica (now living in New York), is about to be deported thanks to her father who, after getting pulled over, announced to the police that he wasn’t even a citizen. This is her last day in the United States and her last opportunity to find a way…