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Young Teen Programs for Grades 6-8​


New Fiction

Maya And The Rising Dark by Rena Barron

A twelve-year-old girl discovers her father is the keeper of the gateway between our world and the Dark, and when he goes missing she’ll need to unlock her own powers and fight a horde of spooky creatures set on starting a war.

Summer Lifeguards by Elizabeth Doyle Carey

Follow Jenna, Piper, Selena, and Ziggy in this exciting new series starter about the power of friendship, community, and being grateful for what you have.

The Last Lie by Patricia Forde

When the rebels are captured Letta goes on the run, still striving to preserve language while the vicious new ruler of Ark plans to eliminate it once and for all.

The Next Great Jane by K. L. Going

Jane, a budding writer and Jane Austen fan, discovers the true secret to writing when a famous author and her cute, but annoying, son come to her small coastal town and play seemingly unwitting roles in affecting the custody battle between Jane’s Hollywood mother and marine biologist father.

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

In Dakota Territory in the 1880s, part-Asian Hanna and her white father face racism and resistance to change as they try to make a home for themselves.

New Graphic Novels/Manga

Avatar The Last Airbender: Imbalance by Bryan Konietzko

Aang faces a decision from which there is no return!  When Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph return to Earthen Fire Industries – the factory owned by Toph’s father – Aang is surprised when their arrival is met with a cold shoulder.  As soon as the team is asked for help at a business council meeting, the reason for the slight becomes clear: a massive bender-versus-non-bender conflict has gripped the town and is threatening to turn violent.  In order to heal the divide and save the town, Aang and the team will all face tough decisions about power and identity that could tear them apart. 

7 Good Reasons Not To Grow Up by Jimmy Gownley

The kids at prestigious Greycliff Academy are in for a surprise when their hero, Kirby Finn, turns out to be something he’s not.  To his friends at Greycliff Academy, Kirby seems to have it all: charm, brains, and a lucky streak that won’t quit.  He’s also the notorious hero creating the snarky videos “7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up,” which expose just how dumb adults can be.  Why would any kid want to become one of them?  But there’s also a mystery about Kirby.  And when his best friend, Raja, finds out his secret, Kirby, Raja, and their friends have to grow up fast and face the world head-on…

Primer by Jennifer Muro & Thomas Krajewski

While staying with her latest set of foster parents, Ashley Rayburn mistakenly applies some found body paints which give her a wide range of special powers, but soon the military discovers what happened to their secret weapon and this puts Ashley and her newfound family and friends in danger.

Stig & Tilde: The Loser Squad by Max de Radiguès

Local tradition states that when a child turns 14, they have to survive all alone on an island for one year. Now, it’s time for Stig and Tilde to take up the challenge. After one too many wrong turns, the twins finally arrive on the right island. Hot showers, Wi-Fi, all day barbecue – this must be heaven! But there’s trouble stirring on the island and maybe paradise isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Can Stig and Tilde weather the storm one more time?

Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee

After watching her circle of friends seemingly fade away, Lora is determined to still have fun on her own, so when a tea party leads Lora to discovering Alexa, the ghost that haunts her house, they soon become best friends. 

New Non-Fiction

Think For Yourself: The Ultimate Guide To Critical Thinking In An Age Of Information Overload by Andrea Debbink

This unique and timely book won’t tell you what to think about these issues.  That’s up to you!  But it will show you how to think more deeply about your own life and current events.  You’ll learn how to ask questions, analyze evidence, and use logic to draw conclusions, so you can solve problems and make smart decisions.  All it takes is a little curiosity and an open mind.  It’s time to think for yourself!

Into The Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History Of Protest In The United States by Marke Bieschke

Prominently featuring photos, artwork, and other visual elements will guide young adult readers through this lively, informative exploration of significant protests, sit-ins, and collective acts of resistance throughout US history.

Poisoned Water: How The Citizens Of Flint Michigan, Fought For Their Lives And Warned The Nation by Candy J. Cooper

Through interviews with residents and intensive research into legal records and news accounts, journalist Candy J. Cooper, assisted by writer-editor Marc Aronson, reveals the true story of Flint.  Poisoned Water shows not just how the crisis unfolded in 2014, but also the history of racism and segregation that led up to it, the beliefs and attitudes that fueled it, and how the people of Flint fought – and are still fighting – for clean water and healthy lives.

To Fly Among The Stars: The Hidden Story Of The Fight For Women Astronauts by Rebecca Siegel

To Fly Among The Stars tells the fascinating story of seven men who hoped to ride rockets, and thirteen women who dared to ask for a fair chance to soar to the stars.

Into The Clouds: The Race To Climb The World’s Most Dangerous Mountain by Tod Olson

A nail-biting tale of survival and brotherhood at 25,000 feet.  In 1953, as two men summit Mount Everest for the first time, Charlie Houston and a team of mountaineers carve a path up the second highest peak on Earth: the deadly K2.  For Houston, reaching the top of K2 is a lifelong dream, an obsession that began 15 years earlier on his first expedition there.

New Biographies

A Hopeful Heart: Louisa May Alcott Before Little Women by Deborah Noyes

A middle-grade biography about literary icon Louisa May Alcott.

Proud: Living My American Dream by Ibtihaj Muhammad

At the 2016 Olympic games, Ibtihaj Muhammad smashed barriers as the first American to compete wearing hijab, and she made history as the first Muslim American woman to win a medal.  Discover Ibtihaj’s inspiring journey from humble beginnings to the international stage.  Told in her own words and enhanced with helpful advice and never-before-published photographs, Proud is an all-American tale of faith, family, hard work, and self-reliance.

Becoming: Adapted For Young Readers by Michelle Obama

This volume for young people is an honest and fascinating account of Michelle Obama’s life led by example.  She shares her views on how all young people can help themselves as well as help others, no matter their status in life.  She asks readers to realize that no one is perfect, and that the process of becoming is what matters, as finding yourself is ever evolving.  In telling her own story with boldness, she asks young readers: Who are you, and what do you want to become? 

One Real American: The Life Of Ely S. Parker – Seneca Sachem and Civil War General by Joseph Bruchac

Generously illustrated with photos and ephemera that depict Parker’s life and his times, this expertly researched, masterfully written biography offers and unique and historical perspective.  From award winning children’s book author and Native American scholar Joseph Bruchac comes the fascinating story of a man who walked in two very different worlds, forever caught between them.

The Cat I Never Named: A True Story Of Love, War, And Survival by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess

In Bihac, Bosnia, in 1922, sixteen-year-old Amra and her family face starvation and the threat of brutal ethnic violence as Serbs and Bosnians clash, while a stray cat, Maci, provides solace.

 Homework Help links you to FREE on demand online homework assistance program for all students in grades K-12, ESL, and GED in Suffolk County. It is easy to use. Log in with your East Hampton Library card and then enter your grade level and the subject you need help in.  You will be connected to a qualified tutor who will provide general or specific homework help.  Homework Help is available 7 days a week from 2-10pm. links you to research subject topic guides where librarians have done some of the research for you. Log in with your East Hampton Library card. is a free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia content–videos, animations, and simulations–on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge. Teachers project HippoCampus content during classroom learning and assign it for computer labs and homework. Students use the site in the evenings for study and exam prep. Users do not need to register or log in to use the site.

Battle of the Books

Congratulations to our 2021 Battle of the Books team for competing in the 2021 Battle of the Books!

Looking forward to creating a 2022 Battle team!

The Suffolk County Battle of the Books program is an inter-library competition between teams of teens entering 6th-9th grade that usually focuses on 8 young adult novels.  Young Teens “battle” each other in a trivia style competition based off of facts from the selected books.

In 2021, the East Hampton Library competed in a Suffolk County wide virtual battle of the books focused on 6 young adult novels.  The East Hampton Team (The East Hampton Collectors) did a wonderful job competing and working together!

Previous Battle of the Books Teams

2021 Battle Team

The East Hampton Collectors

2020 Battle Team

East Hampton Messengers 1 & East Hampton Messengers 2

2018 Battle Team

East Hampton The Most Spectacular Goats

2017 Battle Team

East Hampton The Naked Mole Rats

2015 Battle Team

East Hampton Emoticons

Award(s): Team Choice & Sportsmanship

2014 Battle Team

East Hampton Smarties

Award(s): Team Choice