Teen Review Crew

Hey Teens! Here’s your chance to tell others about the books you read, encourage reading among your peers, and earn community service hours. The Teen Review Crew is open to all teens in grades 9th to 12th. 

Here’s all you have to do:  

  • Choose a Teen or Adult Fiction or Nonfiction book from the Placentia Library, don’t forget about our e-books on Overdrive and Hoopla(links)! Click here to browse our catalog(link).

  • Once you’ve chosen a title, fill out the Title Review Form  and wait for approval to review the book. The book requested to review may be denied if there are already 3 reviews on the selected book.

  • After the title has been approved and you’ve read your book, tell us what you think. Your audience is other teen readers. Give them enough info to help make a decision to read the book or not. Follow the format provided in the Teen Review Crew Guidelines ( PDF Doc link)

  • Recorded Reviews/Book Talks are also accepted. Recorded video reviews must be a minimum of 2 minutes and 30 seconds, but no longer than 5 minutes and 30 seconds. Follow the links for some great examples.   

  •  Email the completed review to vmeza@placentialibary.org. Reviews must be submitted no later than one month after the title is accepted for review.  

  • You get four hours of community service time for each approved review. You can submit up to five reviews per calendar year for a total of 20 qualifying volunteer hours. You must complete a Community Service Verification Form provided by your school and email it to vmeza@placentialibrary.org or drop it off via curbside service. Verified forms will be emailed back to you.   

  • Your reviews may be posted online on the Library website on the Teen Page. If, due to the personal nature of a piece, you don’t want your name published, we will keep the reviewer username as Anonymous. We will respect your request and not publish your name in print or online, but we must still have accurate name and address information for every user.  

 All the materials you’ll need in order to submit your reviews (Book Review forms, general outline, lists of award-winning books, etc.) are on the Library’s Teen Page webpage.