What to Read if You Loved “Our Flag Means Death”

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2022 by Dana

“Our Flag Means Death” is a runaway success on HBO Max and they have not, at the time of this writing, announced a renewal.

Which is madness.  Unacceptable.  Unfathomable.

So, if you’re desperate for news of a second season and looking to fill the void, I have some suggestions!

There are a host of reasons to love OFMD, and whatever your fancy is, there are books to match.

The Grumpy One is Soft for the Sunshine One

Why We Love It:  The character that just exudes “dark, dangerous, do not talk to me” vibes is actually terribly sweet and it just takes our sunshine golden retriever puppy character to bring that out of them.

Try:  Serpent & Dove



Why We Love It:  All the effortless representation!  No queerbaiting!  Love stories for everyone!

Try:  The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue


Historical Fiction

Why We Love It:  Experiencing the fictional lives of people in bygone eras is always illuminating, even with the occasional anachronisms.

Try:  The Unbinding of Mary Reade


Historical Non-Fiction

Why We Love It:  Stede, Edward, and Izzy were real people and you can discover more facts about what really went down.

Try:  The Life and Tryals of the Gentleman Pirate, Major Stede Bonnet


Why We Love It:  Pirates have a classic appeal for all ages with hidden treasure, sea battles, sword fights, and a certain moral flexibility.

Try:  Tides of Mutiny





You can find more titles here to hold you over until the second season or until Oceans of Possibilities, our Summer Reading program, starts on June 1st, whichever happens first!

Books to Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month!

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2022 by Stellan Harris

Firework SparklerHappy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! It is that time of year where we look at all the contributions and achievements of our friends and family in the AAPI community, both past and present. In the face of the recent marked increase in violence against Asian Americans it is more important than ever to recognize the many ways that they have helped to shape our modern world for the better. With that in mind, DBRL has created a list of titles that feature AAPI characters and stories, including some graphic novels and memoirs from a variety of voices and backgrounds. You can click here to access that books list. We’d also like to bring attention to a number of other events and resources provided by the Library of Congress and related organizations, which will be hosting a number of talks and events related to notable figures and events in honor of the heritage month. You can find the website and schedule for those events at the link here, and we hope that your May is beautiful, enjoyable, and full of great books!

Books We Love: Young Oracle Tarot

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 by Megan

Book cover art for Young Oracle Tarot

Are you curious about tarot and don’t know where to start? Or are you looking for a creative way to do some self-reflection? If that sounds like you, then check out “Young Oracle Tarot: An Initiation Into Tarot’s Mystic Wisdom” by Suki Ferguson. This beautifully illustrated book is laid out in an easy-to-understand format. It begins with an explanation of tarot and how to read the cards. Spoiler alert: Tarot cards won’t predict your future. They are for you to ruminate and reflect on your own feelings and decisions. Continue reading “Books We Love: Young Oracle Tarot”

The Selector’s Selections: April 2022

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2022 by Brianna

As promised, I’ve got a nice mix of titles for you this month! We’ve got comedic horror, romance, thrillers, fantasy and straight sci-fi. April always feels like an interminable month to me (even though it’s my birthday month), so hopefully these books can help you make it to May!

Scout’s Honor” by Lily Anderson

Prudence Perry is a Ladybird Scout, just like her mother and grandmother before her. The Scouts are known for knitting, tea parties, and community service. What isn’t widely known is their most important community service: slaying interdimensional monsters that feed on human emotions until they evolve and feed on human flesh. Three years ago Pru lost her best friend on a hunt and is still suffering from PTSD and anxiety about it. She wants out, but the only way is to drink the Tea of Forgetting, which Pru doesn’t have access to until she graduates to be a Ladybird Dame. All she needs to do to graduate is train a batch of new recruits—and help them survive. This book is full of fun, campy horror, but what I really love is the discussion about mental health. Continue reading “The Selector’s Selections: April 2022”

March Madness Champion Announced!

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2022 by Dana

After two months of nail-biting competition, teens from all over our service area have voted on 16 of the most popular teen titles and narrowed them down to our 2022 March Madness Book Tournament Champion!

The head-to-head competition has been fierce and we’re ready to announce the winner!

Many thanks to the teachers and school librarians who have supported this program, and to all the teens who have participated! Teens who voted were added to a drawing for cool prizes and we’ll be contacting them soon.

And now, our 2022 champion is….

Continue reading “March Madness Champion Announced!”

Pranks, Jokes and Cons to Celebrate April Fools’ Day!

Posted on Friday, April 1, 2022 by Stellan Harris

Chattering Teeth

Chattering Joke Teeth, a Prank Tool for Your Grandparents

Ahh, April Fools’ Day. It’s a day where vast portions of the world, including many large corporations, play a communal joke on all of us. A day where anything you read on the internet is suspect, at least for a few days afterwards, until either the joke is revealed or the horrible truth is realized. Fear not, dear reader, because Daniel Boone Regional Library has no lies or tricks for you on this day. Well, at least no tricks of our own to play on all of you. Still, even we cannot dispute the allure of a good prank, a clever joke, and even occasionally a well-executed con as long as the people being conned are fictional. Pranks and cons are hard to pull off well, and there can be a lot of payoff in seeing a well-planned con or prank go off without a hitch. Sometimes it’s even more satisfying to see well-laid plans fall to pieces, and watch the fallout that ensues. So with that in mind we’ve gathered a number of books that feature the funny, the chaotic, and the foolish for you to enjoy on this April Fool’s Day. You can find the list by following the link here, and we hope that you have a safe, skeptical April Fools’ Day!


A Look Back at Teen Book Tournament Winners

Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 by Stellan Harris

Book and pocket watch

We’ve come to the final two entrants in this year’s Teen Book Tournament once again, with our finalists battling it out for the coveted place as the 2022 Teen Book Tournament champion. But before all of the discerning teens in our service area crown another winner, I thought it’d be interesting to look back at some of our previous winners. The Teen Book Tournament has been a place for the community to choose the best of the best for years now, and maybe one of these titles could be the next thing on your to-read list! 

Mockingjay Cover

2016 was the year that saw Mockingjayby Suzanne Collins beat out The Fault in Our Stars by John Green for the championship, a clash between two of our most popular and reoccurring authors. Both of these books saw a lot of press at the time, and both have had film adaptations since, meaning the 2016 finals was definitely a clash of the YA titans. With the trend of our finalists having, or gaining, film adaptations, I think it is safe to say that our teens are just as plugged in to quality books as Hollywood is. 

Holes Book Cover

2017, interestingly, was a year where two of our older nominees met in the finals. Holes by Louis Sachar (1998) was our champion that year beating out The Giverby Lois Lowry (1993!), capping out a year in which the teens in our service area were loving books that were, to be honest, more than a little retro. It just goes to show that sometimes an old book can be just the book you’re looking for. The fact that both are award-winning titles might have something to do with it, but it is still a mark of their enduring quality for our readers. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Cover

2018 was another year where our tournament finalists had the benefit of a film adaptation to help their chances of taking the crown. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs beat out Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher to be our 2018 champion, and based on the continued popularity of both of those properties, with the final novel and the final season of the drama for each property respectively coming to an end only last year, it would seem for a good reason. 

The Hate U Give Cover

2019 saw our two final spots go to novels with feature Black women as their protagonists, something that is becoming more common in our lists as the years go by. Ultimately the winning spot went to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, beating out The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, but both titles are fascinating tales of different aspects of the Black experience that are sure to enthrall readers. 

Turtles All The Way Down Cover

2020 is the start of an interesting pair of years, and not just because of any of the major world events that happened that year (and continue to happen…). 2020’s Teen Book Tournament champion was Turtles All The Way Down by John Green, beating out Renegadesby Marissa Meyer and earning Mr. Green a spot in our illustrious list of champions after getting to the finals in 2016. Just goes to show that the authors at the top of our tournaments might just come back to win it all…

Renegades Cover

Which is precisely what happened in 2021, when Renegadesby Marissa Meyer fought its way back to the top of our list and took the crown, beating out “Long Way Downby Jason Reynolds and many other top titles in the process! It is truly an accomplishment to make it to the finals of our Teen Book Tournament two years in a row, not even taking into account the fact that Renegades won on its second showing, and it speaks volumes of the quality that it must have to perform such a rare feat. Maybe it won’t be the last we see of Marissa Meyer in this competition, but only time will tell. 

2022 Teen Book Tournament Finalists

Now we’ve come back to the current competition, where our community will choose what title will join the illustrious, the chosen few, the cream of the crop that is our Teen Book Tournament Champions. We’ve narrowed down all of the 32 entrants for this year to our final two: “One of Us Is Lying” by Karen M. Mcmanus and “The Inheritance Games” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes! Votes will be accepted through April 1, and we’ll have our newest champion to announce on April 4. You can find the ballot at this link, in case you haven’t voted in the final already, and you find out who the winner is on April 4 right here on the DBRL Teen Blog! 

March Madness – Championship Round Announced!

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 by Dana

Teens from all over our service area have voted on 16 of the most popular teen titles and narrowed them down to our last two contenders.  The head-to-head competition has been fierce and we’re ready to announce the top books that will be facing off for the title of champion!

In a round of shocking upsets, No. 5 seed “One of Us is Lying” took down the favored No. 1 seed “They Both Die at the End” and No. 3 seed “The Inheritance Games” defeated the No. 2 seed, “The Book Thief”.


Vote for who you think deserves to the 2022 March Madness Book Tournament Champion!

How It Works:
Round 1: Voting completed for the Elite Eight.
Round 2: Voting completed for the Final Four.
Round 3: Voting completed for the top two contending titles.
Round 4: VOTE NOW through April 1 for the book tournament champion.
April 4: The champion is announced!

Each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes. March Madness is open to all teens ages 12-18 who live in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.

Enjoy These Irish YA Titles This St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2022 by Stellan Harris

Rural Irish Scene

Happy St. Patrick’s day! While our weather might only just be warming up, and the green on our clothes still outnumber the green on the trees, it is once again that day to hold your shamrock’s close and wish for a bit of luck. With the popularity of titles featuring the Faerie folk, who are a product of Ireland depending on which piece of mythology the author draws inspiration from, the influence of Irish myth on modern fantasy writing has arguably never been higher. That isn’t even taking into account the immense natural beauty and unique culture that Ireland boasts as a backdrop for a novel of any genre. Ireland is a fascinating country with a long and storied literary tradition of its own, so in honor of the holiday we’ve collected a list of YA titles that help celebrate Irish authors and stories set in Ireland. You can check out the list of books here, and we hope that you all have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day.  As the Irish proverb goes, may luck be your friend in all that you do, and may trouble be always a stranger to you!

The Selector’s Selections: March 2022

Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 by Brianna

I’m back y’all! After a maternity leave immersed in board books and picture books, I’m excited to talk about some new YA titles! I must admit, the titles this month are all things on my TBR…so historical fiction or fantasy. I promise to be more well-rounded for next month’s blog!

One for All” by Lillie Lainoff

I was looking forward to this book even before I saw it was recommended by my favorite author! This historical fiction is a gender-bent take on “The Three Musketeers.” Tania de Batz’s father, a former Musketeer, trained her to love fencing, despite her disability. With her blood circulation disorder (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) causing frequent dizzy spells, she’s a bit of an outcast in her small town. When Papa is suddenly killed, it’s his dying wish that Tania attend L’Académie des Mariées, a finishing school in Paris. Confused and grieving, Tania discovers that L’Académie actually trains young women in espionage and swordplay, to be a new kind of Musketeer. When Tania begins to fall for her first target, her Musketeer sisters support and keep her focused on finding her father’s killer. I already love a good gender-bent classic, and the fact that this book centers the experience of a girl with a disability so genuinely is beyond refreshing. An author’s note gives more information about POTS, and her own experience with it.

Castles in Their Bones” by Laura Sebastian   

For more espionage and romance, I’ve got this political fantasy for you. Daphne, Sophronia and Beatriz are triplets, daughters of Empress Margaraux, and have been trained from birth for one thing: to marry into neighboring kingdoms and take them down from within. Each sister is skilled in message-coding, poisons, seduction and court politics, and is prepared to wreak havoc in their new homes so their mother can sweep in and take over. Of course, once they begin to settle in, things no longer seem so simple or straight-forward. Romance, secrets, magic, and duplicitous princesses? There’s a lot to love in this one. Heads up, it’s first in a trilogy, so you’ll have to be patient for the next book!

Bright Ruined Things” by Samantha Cohoe

This historical fantasy is set in the 1920s, and is loosely based on “The Tempest.” Mae, orphaned daughter of the steward, has spent her whole life on the magical island of the Prosper family. Permitted to continue living there after her father died, Mae longingly dreams of training with the magic the Prospers control. Their magic is tied to the island’s captive spirits, and when Mae discovers a dying spirit she begins to investigate what—or who—is causing the spirits to die. The entire book takes place over one day and a night, the annual party called First Night, that commemorates Lord Prosper first harnessing magic. The mystery weaves through a gilded, opulent and treacherous setting, as Mae learns the cost of the life she dreams of.

The Book of Living Secrets” by Madeleine Roux 

Adelle and Connie are best friends, and love obsessing about “Moira,” a little-known period romance novel set in 1885 Boston. They know the book inside and out, and daydream about their book crushes—Adelle on the handsome Severin, and closeted Connie on the title character Moira. When a mysterious shopkeeper offers to send them into the book, they’re skeptical but agree. Landing in different points of the story line, Connie and Adelle try to find each other and make it back home. The problem is that they keep encountering things that weren’t in the book, as supernatural horrors wait in the shadows and people began to inexplicably walk into the sea. I think we’ve all wished at some point we could be transported into a favorite book, so this is some major wish fulfillment with delightful worldbuilding and character development. I’m definitely going to be picturing Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek the whole time though.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea” by Axie Oh 

 This is a take on a Korean folktale. Every year, Mina’s village sacrifices a maiden to the Sea God, hoping to appease him so there will be no more natural disasters. Mina’s brother is determined to save his love, this year’s sacrifice, and prepares to fight the Sea God’s dragon servant. To spare her brother pain, Mina jumps into the sea instead, and is whisked away to the Spirit Realm. Mina finds herself tied to the apparently cursed Sea God, and severed from her voice and soul. She must navigate the dangers of the Spirit Realm and find a way to wake the Sea God and restore balance between humans and the gods. Intricately detailed and atmospheric, this folktale interpretation will satisfy fantasy lovers with its courageous heroine.

A Thousand Steps Into Night” by Traci Chee

For our last book, we’re hopping over to a Japanese inspired fantasy. Miuko is an innkeeper’s daughter, plain, loud, clumsy and utterly ordinary. Until an encounter with a demon, who curses her to slowly turn into a demon herself. In a land where humans, demons and gods exist alongside each other, Miuko is still rejected by her village and left on her own to seek a cure. She makes unexpected friends along the way, including a shape-shifting trickster spirit, and sees her society and all its issues from an outside perspective as she travels. The true question becomes not whether she will find a cure, but if she will be willing to give up the power and freedom she’s found. The author wanted this to read like a “found” book (think Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings“), so it’s filled with fascinating footnotes that provide in-world historical context and pronunciation help for the Japanese inspired language. Come for the immersive worldbuilding, stay for the fierce feminism.

And because I can’t resist, here’s my little bibliophile! He loves turning the pages by himself.