Author: JesstheLibrarian

It’s Written in the Stars @ HCPL


An astronomical literary event is here! Get ready for Teen Read Week!

Originating from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), this Teen Read Week is from October 7th-13th, and its theme is “Written in the stars”, all to encourage any reading in fantasy, science fiction, and anything else otherworldly-in order to expand your imagination and thinking with out-of-the-box ideas!

If you’re whirling out of orbit and can’t think of any titles, we can get you started with some suggestions:

35181314Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

This is a fast paced science fiction tale about Ana, a space pirate, and the lengths she will go to fix her sentient android, D09. Also available as an ebook.

27919232Autonomous by Andy Marino

William wins one of the new driver-less cars and takes some of his friends on a cross country trip that turns out to be more action packed than they anticipated.

35140574The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage   Patterson

Bo is a singleborn and destined to rule. Vi was born a twin, but her twin died in infancy, marking her as one of the diminished. Bo and Vi’s lives intersect after a shocking revelation. Also available as an ebook.

Henrico County Public Library offers a slurry of fun programs to accentuate Teen Read Week-for learning and entertainment! Games, science, escapes, and more:

October 8th-10th “Teen Read Week” at Tuckahoe Library, 5pm-7pm

October 9th “Escape the Upside Down: A Stranger Things Escape Room” at Varina Area Library, 7pm

October 10th “Teen STEM Club” at North Park Library, 7:30pm

October 11th “Night Sky Astronomy” at Varina Area Library, 6:45pm

October 13th ” Hocus Pocus Film Screening” at Twin Hickory Library, 2pm

Register on our website, or give us a call!



Read + Review: Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu



Batman, before being Batman, was Bruce Wayne, a young 18 year old gaining the billions of dollars in his family fortune. At his 18th birthday party, he saw the two types of people who were there: the people who cared for him and those whom only needed him for their own benefit. The latter category was where he put Richard, the mayor’s son and his former childhood friend. Richard was now someone different and was asking Bruce for a fake internship at Wayne Tech to make his dad happy. Driving home, the young billionaire captured a Nightwalker, a member of the group terrorizing the city. However, in doing so he interfered with the police chase and landed up in community service at Arkham Asylum, the ill-famed prison containing the city’s worst prisoners. During his community service, Bruce meets Madeleine, a girl only willing to speak to Bruce. Weeks pass and Bruce nears the end of his community service as he starts to learn about her secrets. He discovers hidden passageways she talks about and is allowed by the detective to talk with her. In the meantime, his enmity with Richard is growing and he’s having a hard time managing his relationships. The city’s rich are being terrorized and killed one after another when Bruce learns he is next. Despite having doubt on Madeleine’s intentions, Bruce follows her advice and discovers secrets about the next attacks of the Nightwalkers, opening up her mysteries. Is she just showing him secrets or gaining the information she wants to destroy Gotham City?

I loved the mysterious vibe this book gave off. In addition, I loved the mini side plots which gave the book more flavor. For instance, Bruce and Richard’s rivalry helps add character to both of them, and complicates the plot of the story. In addition, Bruce’s character was an excellent portrayal of a young man entering the world and facing all of it’s dangers. Finally, I liked how close Bruce was with his friends as they were his companions through his journey. He learned how there are only a few people in the world who you can trust. Bruce’s communications with his friends portrayed those of an older teen. Overall, I loved the book.

In my opinion, the most memorable part of the book was when Bruce realizes why he and Richard have become rivals. At that moment in the book, everything clicks into his head and he realizes the intentions behind Richard’s actions. For example, before, Bruce thought Richard hated him because he was really rich but after finding out Richard’s reasons, he almost felt bad for Richard.


Reviewed by Anmol, Grade 7, Twin Hickory Library


Read + Review: Champions Change the World by Mark Waid


Change the World is one of a few stellar graphic novels in the series, Champions. Change the World stars the next generations of Marvel Superheroes led by the children of the Marvel Superheroes that we all know and love. This book’s stars include Miss Marvel, Spider-Man, Nova, Totally Awesome Hulk, Viv Vision, and more. These teens want to Change the World on their own away from their parents in the Avengers who only care about fighting the battle and not cleaning up afterward. The Champions starts off as an idea and eventually turns into a full-scale team of superheroes working to save the world in a better way.

I liked the intense pace of the novel along with the quality of the art and captions which guided me through this graphic novel. Although the captions and speech of the characters expanded more on the backstory, I feel that if you don’t have enough background knowledge of the Marvel world, you will be lost really easily. I enjoyed this book though as I liked seeing the corners and unexplained parts of the Marvel world be explained more and the stories you don’t think about come out. I also liked the strong will of the characters and that it shows me that no matter how old you are, you should be independent and can change the world too.

The most memorable part of this graphic novel was that I learned that through a few words and a picture, you can say a lot. It surprised me when I saw the picture and read the captions and realized,”Wow! I understand!”


Reviewed by Lawrence, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library

Read + Review: Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz


Teenager, Olivia “Liv” Blakely understands just how crucial it is to uphold a good image, no matter how fake it might feel. As her father is running for governor and her love life dream finally becomes reality, Liv has a battle to face. Bulimia, her eating disorder, takes its toll until she eventually realizes what she has to live for. Liv Blakely has to fight the media, hungry for interesting, juicy gossip, but she she doesn’t do it alone. Liv Blakely and her friends know there are no short-cuts to the bare truth.

The book Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz was a wonderful display of love and suffering wrapped into one. The aspect of this book that did not appeal to me was the blood and depression. When I read these parts of the book, I felt like shutting the cover and not reading it again. This is something that I felt I couldn’t handle, but others might not be bothered by it. I definitely recommend readers to give Someone to Love a chance.

One memorable thing about this book was how severe and dangerous the main character’s depression. It was becoming so out of hand, that she even started harming herself. I will definitely not be able to get this image out of my head for at least a few weeks!


Reviewed by Nikki, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library

Read + Review: The Legend of Korra Turf Wars part two by Michael Dante Dimartino



Korra the Avatar is having a crazy time. First President Raiko refuses to stop angering the spirits and disgraces her in front of the public. Then her partner is threatened by the Creeping Crystals. After that all seems to be well, but then Korra’s partner disappears. Meanwhile police are searching for a group that wants to take control of the city. Where is Korra’s partner? Read the book to find out.

There were things I liked and disliked about the book. I enjoyed the action-packed plot. That made the book very exciting to read. I disliked that the book was confusing at times. At one time a character was addressed by another name but looked like another character in the illustration. These types of things made it hard for me to read the book. However, I still enjoyed the book.

One memorable thing was the relationships of the characters. In other books, I felt that the characters seemed to act “fake” with each other but this is not true for this book.


Reviewed by Anika, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library