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.

House of Dies Drear

House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton Historical Fiction Mystery Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) This book is about a family that moves into a house called Dies Drear.  Thomas, the 13-year-old, discovers different secret passages hidden in the house.  Strange, weird things start happening.  Will they solve the mystery or will it end up as a mystery forever?


Lock and Key: Initiation

Initiation Lock and Key #1 by Ridley Pearson Adventure Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) “Lock and Key” by Ridley Pearson is a great book with Sherlock Holmes as a smart-aleck kid who tries to befriend the two main protagonists, David and his sister, and also tries to solve a mystery that leads to danger.


Huntley Area Public Library 2017-18 Winter Reading Programs

Who’s Reading? We hope everyone is this winter as the library delivers new reading programs for all ages! The library’s reading programs begin on December 1, 2017 and end on January 31. Adults (18 & up) Register for the Adult Winter Reading Program and receive a $1 Friends Foundation Corner Books Gift Certificate for items from Corner Books. To get your gift certificate, complete the registration form, print out the…



Warcross Warcross #1 by Marie Lu Mystery Science Fiction Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Emika Chen is a teenage hacker who has been trying to survive as a bounty hunter since her father died and she was kicked out of school for illegally retrieving and releasing sensitive data about other students and their parents.  Facing crushing debt and eviction, she uses one of her hacks to steal…


When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Realistic Fiction Romance * * * * Stars (Great!) Dimple is a career-focused girl who is thrilled when her parents agree to send her to Insomnia Con – a 6-week web-app development program/competition where she’ll have the chance to compete for the chance to pitch her ideas to her inspiration, Jenny Lindt.  Unbeknownst to Dimple, her parents are using this opportunity to introduce…


Path of the Jedi Quiz

Take our Jedi quiz (below) for a chance to win an AMC gift card and some Star Wars swag.  Completed quizzes must be submitted by December 30, 2017.  Paper copies of the quiz are available at the library’s Information Desk.  One winner will be selected and contacted the first week of January.  May the force be with you! For grades 6-12. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.



Artemis by Andy Weir Mystery Science Fiction Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Jasmine (Jazz) Bashara is a brilliant porter/smuggler living in Artemis (moon colony) who makes really poor life choices.  When she agrees to sabotage some harvesters for one of her clients in return for a million slugs (a sort of moon-based credit system), Jazz has no idea that the company she’s violating is a front for…


I Will Always Write Back

I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda (w/Liz Welch) Autobiography-Memoir Non-fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) When Caitlin was 12, she was given the opportunity to choose a pen pal from another country.  She picked Zimbabwe because it sounded “like the beginning of an adventure.”  She and her pen pal, Martin Ganda, began exchanging letters, and over the years became best friends despite the many…


Girl with the Wrong Name

The Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller Mystery Psychological Suspense Thriller * * * Stars (Pretty good) Theodore (Theo) Lane has a new obsession – Andy Reese.  She’s been watching him (and filming him for her documentary) for several days now at an NYC café, and when she finally gets up the courage to talk to him and hears his sad story, she can’t resist helping him.  Andy…


Dire King

The Dire King Jackaby #4 by William Ritter Fantasy Mystery Supernatural Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Jackaby and his assistant Abigail Rook are facing the greatest challenge of their professional lives.  The Dire King now has almost everything he needs to rip away the barrier between the Anwynn (Faerie) and the human world.  In fact, looking back, now they can see his hand behind the troubles that…