Teens & Tweens

Welcome to the Teen & Tween Page!

If any of you are unsure whether this is the page for you, those most likely to find this page of interest would be in grades 6 to 12, or roughly ages 11 to 17.  Everyone is, of course, welcome to peruse the page.  The reading resources on young adult materials might appeal to many library patrons, regardless of age.

Youth Services Librarian

In July 2016, Amy D. Kuilema joined our staff as the Head of Youth Services.  Amy is the  librarian for patrons from birth through age 17.  Prior to becoming a librarian, Amy taught fifth and sixth grade. While getting her Master in Library and Information Science degree, Amy worked with teens and tweens at the Bellingham Public Library. She is a big fan of  Young Adult fiction and will be working on adding new titles to the collection. If you have suggestions, please contact Amy (978) 874-7416) or at akuilema@cwmars.org.

Our Teen & Tween Advisory Board meets regularly from October through June.  New members are welcome.  The Teen & Tween Advisory Board provides input for additions to the collection and programs for teens and tweens.  They also like to eat snacks and do some gaming at the meetings.

During its first year, the Teen & Tween Advisory Board was instrumental in updating series and had major input in planning the 2017 Summer Reading Program for Teens & Tweens. Dates of meetings will be posted on the Home Page.  If you have any questions or just want to say hi, stop by the library, or give Amy a call at 978-874-7416.

Reading Resources


The Ultimate Reading List from Teenreads.com is compiled by teens. There are over 400 titles teens have selected as perfect choices for reading and discussing. Teen Reads may be the best place to find a new book you would like, based on the reviews and recommendations of other teens. Titles range from young adult books to adult books that teens enjoyed. You can read great reviews of the books that might interest you.  You might find your next favorite book here!


Every year the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), compiles a list of the best fiction titles published for young adults (12-18 years olds) in the past 16 months. From this larger list, the top ten books of the year are selected.  The current top ten list is included below.  The complete list, as well as lists from prior years can be accessed by visiting YALSA.

2017 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

Berry, Julie. The Passion of Dolssa. Viking Books for Young Readers. 2016. In thirteenth-century Provence, Dolssa, branded a heretic after claiming to speak with God, flees her hometown.
Chee, Traci. The Reader. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. 2016. With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, this stunning series opener introduces a world where reading is unheard of and a young orphan struggles to discover her family’s secrets.
Hardinge, Frances. The Lie Tree. Harry N. Abrams. 2016. In 1868, Faith’s father is providing expertise at an archaeological dig, and when his body is found, most assume suicide amid the allegations of falsified discoveries. Only Faith suspects murder.
McGinnis, Mindy. The Female of the Species. Katherine Tegen Books. 2016. The social hierarchy of a small-town high school is revealed through the voices of Alex, Jack, and Peekay.
Medina, Meg. Burn Baby Burn. Candlewick. 2016. Nora López graduates from her Queens, New York, high school in the summer of 1977–a summer marked by a heat wave, arson, and the Son of Sam murders.
Reynolds, Jason. Ghost. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. 2016. His dad shot a gun at him, and “Ghost” Crenshaw has been running ever since.
Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea. Philomel Books. 2016. It’s near the end of WWII and four refugees travel on foot during January to board the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship bound for safety.
Shusterman, Neal. Scythe. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2016. In a distant future in which humanity has practically conquered death, the population is controlled by Scythes, the only beings capable of causing death.
Yoon, Nicola. The Sun is Also a Star. Delacorte Press. 2016. Daniel decides to let fate dictate his life and NaTasha doesn’t believe in fate. But today, NaTasha will believe in anything if it allows her to avoid deportation.
Zentner, Jeff. The Serpent King. Crown Books for Young Readers. 2016. One is the son of a snake-handling preacher serving time in prison. One is a fashionista with New York dreams.

Any of the top ten titles not currently in the Forbush Memorial Library collection are being ordered.  Copies may be available from other libraries in the mean time. Please go to our online catalog to place a hold on any title of interest.