Teen Book Bytes is a new teen book club to read and discuss multicultural books that offer mirrors and windows to life experiences and individual perspectives. Registered participants will be emailed a Zoom link and the link will be posted on this even page 24 hours prior to the event.
January's Pick is The Bird & The Blade by Megan Bannen. This is the first book by Bannen, who will be virtually visiting KCKPL teens on Jan 12th at 2:30pm to discuss her second book Soulswift. Sign up for that event here https://kckpl.librarymarket.com/events/megan-bannen
Summary of The Bird & The Blade:
"As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom … until the kingdom is conquered by enemy forces and she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless love.
Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die.
Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of ... even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.
The Bird and the Blade is a lush, powerful story of life and death, battles and riddles, lies and secrets from debut author Megan Bannen"
To read The Bird & The Blade, visit kckpl.org to find a physical copy to place on hold and pick-up via our curbside delivery. Digital copies of this book are available via HooplaDigital with your library card. Need help getting a copy? Give us a call at 913-295-8250 x 1013