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Most adults are challenged when it comes to understanding teens' motives. "What were they thinking of?" is an all-too-common response. Without a doubt, no developmental period in life is more confounding and baffling than adolescence. Until recently, erratic teen behavior was blamed on raging hormones, but scientific research in the last decade has revealed that it's not hormones, but the brain itself that is the culprit. Jay Giedd, a neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, and the author of the first long-term study of the adolescent brain, used magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brains of 145 teens over two-year intervals. The scans revealed brains that are still in transition--works in progress--that won't be thinking logically and rationally until young adults reach their early twenties. These natural brain spurts provide librarians with an opportunity to turn young adults into lifelong readers and library users. This article also provides a resource list for further study of adolescent brain growth and development.