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Latest recommendation from Scituate's teen librarian

Posted by Molly Connors  June 25, 2010 02:30 PM

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Thumbnail image for bamboo.jpgSharon Colvin, librarian for the Scituate Public Library's teen section, reads about two books a week -- not as much as she'd like, unfortunately.

"I don't have time to read adult stuff," Colvin said, because she is constantly trying to keep up with new books her middle and high school-aged patrons might come across.

"I don't recommend books that I haven't read," she said.

One she read recently and she recommends highly, though, is "Bamboo People," by Mitali Perkins. She got it directly from the author, Colvin said, and finally picked it up off her desk recently. She's glad she did.

"It's about child soldiers in Burma," Colvin explained. "It's a tough topic, but it's written for the middle school, sixth, seventh, eighth grade audience."

Colvin says the book is written from the points of view of two boys on opposite sides of the Burmese civil war and tells the story of a life-and-death decision one of the boys has to make.

"It was about the moral conflict of the civil war, and who's right and who's wrong, and if there really is an enemy," Colvin said.

Colvin is confident the book will be popular with its intended age group.

"I think it'll be pretty popular because it's not overly gory or frightening," she said. Instead, Colvin said, "I think it hits just the right chord with the middle schoolers."

Teenagers hit the right chord with Colvin. The 32-year-old Medford resident loves her job and loves working with young adults. "They're downright fun, the librarian said.

"They're thirsty little creatures, they're dying for information," Colvin said of teenagers. "They're still figuring things out, and they're so confused and they say really goofy things and sometimes people can be offended," she said.

But Colvin's not offended -- she gets a kick out of them.

"They bring me cootie catchers," she said.

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