Teen Advisory Board

A World of Ideas!

June Newsletter

Chief Editors

Alison C., Emila D., Siddhartha K., Cindy L., Dhvani P., Shrina P., Anjali R., Janelle P.

Who are we?

The Teen Advisory Board at the Parsippany Public Library is a group of teens that meets twice a month to help plan teen programming, develop the teen collection and promote participation in teen library use. TAB presents a monthly newsletter for Parsippany Public Library patrons. Our mission is to provide readers with recommendations and reviews for books and movies, as well as share ideas for DIY crafts, recipes and more!

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Dorothy Must Die

Amy Gumm, a high school student, discovers that the Land of Oz is real and it is her responsibility to defeat Dorothy, who has now become dictator of the magical land. One day a tornado whisks her trailer away and she finds herself in the land of Oz. Oz has been twisted into a dark, misshapen dimension and even the lovable characters such as the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodsman have been altered into power hungry and terrible creatures. She's been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked with one mission and one mission only: Dorothy must die.

I was very excited to read this book. I mean a retelling of the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy is evil has got to peak your interest. This book is addictive; I couldn't put it down. The ending came by and it left me screaming for book 2! Anyone looking for a fantasy book: I recommend this!

By: Cindy L.

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The Flash

Barry Allen’s life was changed at age 11 when his mom was mysteriously killed by the "man in yellow.” Barry’s dad was accused of the murder and put in jail. Barry spent his whole life trying to figure out who the "man in yellow” is. Later, a guy name Harrison Wells creates a particle accelerator, which doesn't go as plan and explodes. Barry gets hit by the lighting, causing him to be in coma for 9 months. When Barry gets out of coma nothing is the same for him as he wakes up with the power of super speed. When he learns that others who have also gained powers use them for evil, he then dedicates himself to protecting the innocent citizens of Central City, while still trying to solve the mystery of who killed his mother.

By: Dhvani P.

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"Me Before You" Movie Review

Me Before You, the big screen adaption of Jojo Moyes’ best selling novel of the same name, portrays an unlikely love story between Lou Clarke (Emilia Clarke) and Will Traynor (Sam Claflin). In this movie adaption, Emilia Clarke plays a creative, talented, and high-spirited 26 year old who has lost her job at the local cafe. With no other prospects, she is forced to take a job as a caretaker for a quadriplegic, wealthy, and bitter 35-year old man named Will Traynor. Naturally, Lou’s and Will’s relationship starts out rocky due to Will’s bitterness and resentment over being disabled, but under Lou’s care Will gradually becomes more open-minded and communicative. Just like any other love story, the duo’s romance becomes stronger throughout the adventures they go on. Me Before You is a love story and a family story, but above all it’s a story of the bravery and courage needed to get back onto the path of a life once it’s been pushed off course.

By: Shrina P.

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The Golden State Warriors

After beating the Oklahoma City Thunder by a mere 8 points, the Golden State Warriors became the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit. During these seven games, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, also known as the Splash Brothers, drained 378 points. Many predictions were made for the Warriors in Game 1 of the Finals. Draymond Green may lose control of his limbs and kick or elbow someone. The Splash Brothers may be deterred by Kyrie Irving and Lebron James of the Cavaliers.

By: Siddhartha K.

A Sneak Peek of Upcoming Books...

If you enjoyed The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick, then you should like Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet.

Cloud and Wallfish is the story of Noah Keller whose life suddenly and suspiciously changes as he enters the world past the Iron Curtain where someone is always listening and nothing is the way it looks.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Expected Publication Date:October 4th, 2016

If you enjoyed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone by J.K. Rowling, then you should like Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino.

Rebel Genius is the story of a twelve-year-old boy who lives in a wold inspired by art and finds himself in perilous trouble.

“Rebel Genius is a gift for fantasy lovers. A lively, thrilling spin on the struggle to create.” -Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows series.

“Rebel Genius contains all of Michael DiMArtino’s hallmarks: an exquisite world dripping with magic and color, a cast of incredible , diverse characters, and artwork that will take your breath away. Get ready to fall in love.” -Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy and the Young Elites trilogy

Genre: Fantasy-Adventure

Expected Publication Date: October 4th, 2016

If you enjoyed 15th Affair by James Patterson, then you should like “Kids of Appetite” by David Arnold.

Kids of Appetite is a tragicomedy story about first love and devastating loss.

“Kids of Appetite is one of the most honest, emotional, human books I have ever read. You will feel it. This one's a life-changer.”—Becky Albertalli, Morris Award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

"Showcases a memorable cast of outsiders carving out space for themselves . . . Arnold writes with a Hinton-esque depth and rawness, building Mad and Vic's stories with practiced patience." —Publishers Weekly.

"Spot-on pacing and lovely wordsmithing. Sophisticated teen readers will love this." —Kirkus

Genre: Murder Mystery

Expected Publication Date: September 20th, 2016

By: Emila D.

Book Series Review: Women's Murder Club

The mystery/crime topic has become increasingly popular whether it's on a T.V. show or in a book. If you're looking for a new book series that involves mystery/crime, you definitely want to check out the author James Patterson. He will always exceed your expectations! The Women's Murder Club is a series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The group of women in the novels definitely have a surprising bond throughout each of the cases they investigate. The group consists of a detective, reporter, medical examiner, and an attorney. The main character, Lindsay Boxer, is a homicide detective who desires happy life but cannot have one because of a rare blood disorder and a troubling past. Cindy Thomas is a relentless reporter whose quick-witted acts result in the answers she uses for the San Francisco Chronicle (the popular newspaper in the series). Claire Washburn is a lighthearted and sagacious medical examiner. She is a loving mother and the most trustworthy out of the group. Yuki Castellano is an astute defense attorney whose nimbleness comes to her advantage in court. These four women work together to solve cases from serial killings to abductions.

I highly recommend this to any young adult who is looking for a new series that involves rigorous investigations and lovable characters.

By: Alison C.


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Pizza Pinwheels


-1 cup warm water

-1 TBSP yeast

-1 TBSP sugar

-1 TBSP oil

-1 tsp salt

-2 1/2 - 3 cups flour

-1 1/2 - 2 cups pizza sauce (pasta works too) + more for dipping

- 2 cups total pizza toppings


Combine warm water, yeast and sugar in a mixing bowl and let sit for about 3-4 minutes, until yeast is bubbling up. Add in oil, salt and flour. Start with 2 1/2 cups of flour, then add more until the dough cleans the sides of the mixing bowl. (I use a mixer for this part as it makes it just so much easier!) Continue mixing for an additional 3-4 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for 15 minutes. In cold weather, I like to turn my oven on for about 3 or 4 minutes, then turn it off and let my dough rest in the oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray countertop with non-stick cooking spray and roll dough out into a large rectangle about 1/4″ thick. Top with Ragu® Pasta Sauce and spread to coat dough. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese.

Add pizza toppings: I did a section of dough for pepperoni pinwheels, another section with just cheese and a third with ham and pineapple. Top with another 1 cup of cheese. Starting with one of the long sides of the rectangle, roll dough up tightly, pinching the seams to close at the end. Use a sharp, thin knife to cut 1 1/2″ sections of dough from the large roll. This will result in about 15 pinwheels. Set pinwheels on a large greased baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Return to oven for an additional 1-2 minutes, until cheese is melted and rolls are just beginning to turn golden brown. Serve hot with warmed Ragu® Pasta Sauce to dip on the side.

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Muhammad Ali: The Boxing Legend...and Much More

On June 3rd, 2016, the world was greatly saddened by the loss of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. He was not only remembered as an exceptional boxer, but also as a fervent activist and humanitarian. Born Cassius Clay in 1942, Ali started training when he was 12 years old, after he vowed to beat up the person who stole his bike. That challenge led him to a life dedicated to boxing. When he was just 18 years old, Ali won a gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics for light heavyweight boxing. Ali refused the Vietnam War draft due to his beliefs against the war. He lost all of his titles, his passport, and boxing licenses as a result. However, in 1971, the Supreme Court ruled in Ali's favor. He continued to win back the titles he had lost. In 1984, Ali announced he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He went on to create The Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center in Phoenix. In June, Ali was hospitalized due to respiratory problems. He died at the age of 74. Many remember him as a inspiration for human dignity, human rights, and much more. Muhammad Ali will be greatly missed by all.

By Janelle P.

Ali. Muhammad Ali Enterprises LLC, n.d. Web. 01 July 2016.