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Thursday, December 26, 2013

UnRequired Reading

While you’re on winter break, the last thing you want to think about is mandatory reading assignments, right? So kick back with a book that is featured on the big screen. Check out and read the book first then watch the recently released movie. Afterward, you can decide if Hollywood preserved the story…or not! Either way, these books will provide plenty of adventure during the long, cold winter nights.

The Book Thief – This unforgettable story, narrated by Death, reveals the horrors of World War II and the story of Liesel – a courageous young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family, friends and the Jewish man they are hiding.

Catching Fire – Unless you’ve been living on Venus, you’ve heard about the Hunger Games phenomenon. In this second installment, Katniss and Peeta become targets of the Capital after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks rebellion in the Panem districts. A thrill-ride of action and heroism that will have you anxiously awaiting the final book and movie.

City of Bones – Set in NYC, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl is suddenly able to see demons. Turns out she’s a descendant of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate underworld. An entertaining fantasy that, hopefully, translates well onto the big screen.

Ender’s Game – Young Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive. An intense book about genius video gamers that will appeal not just to fans of sci-fi, but anyone who loves a really great story.

The Hobbit  Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return. This classic fantasy hero quest will sweep you into the Hobbit’s epic adventure.

How I Live Now – A teen and her cousins must fend for themselves in the English countryside when war plunges the UK into a violent military state. I devoured this book when it first came out several years ago. However, be warned that it has some powerful issues that make it suitable for older teens.

Sea of Monsters – When Camp Half-Blood comes close to being overrun by mythological monsters, Percy sets out to save the Camp. The whirlwind adventure continues in this second book of the Olympians series filled with jokes, magic and monsters.

    Resolve to Get Involved    

It’s that time of year to make your New Year’s resolutions.  Here's a thought; resolve to start a positive new habit…visit the library and participate in one of our many cool programs!

To celebrate the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe in January, we have created a Poe trivia contest just for teens. Throughout the month, drop in to any library branch and grab a list of clues. Solve myths and mysteries about the infamous writer and his tales of suspense to be entered into a prize drawing at the end of the month.

Another exciting new program for young adults in 6th grade and up is the Bealeton Teen Writing Club. Do you love to write? Would you like to get feedback on your work and connect with other teen writers? All types of writing welcome: blogs, journals, short stories, poetry, novels, and more!

If you’re interested in finding out more, come to the charter meeting of Bealeton library’s teen writing club. At this first meeting, we’ll discuss the best date/time for future meetings and how the club will be managed. Snacks provided by Friends of the Library.

And remember, if Bealeton isn’t in your service area, the library has two other teen writing clubs that meet at the Warrenton and Marshall branches.

You can learn more about about our writing groups, as well as other programs just for teens on the teen page of our website. 

Enjoy the break and while you're at it, be sure to reflect on all you've accomplished in 2013 and dream about all you hope to achieve in the coming year.

Happy New Year!

Ann @ Bealeton Library

Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library

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