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Thursday, October 24, 2013

And the Winner is...

The votes are in and you have spoken -- the winning name for the new teen blog is...Reading Riot! Thanks goes out to all who participated in our poll.

Read on for the latest library news and book suggestions and be sure to check back for poll results, more reviews and other cool stuff!

First things first. In the spirit of the Halloween season, we'd like to hear from you in our newest poll: What scares you most? Although you may be too old to don the latest Walt Disney-inspired costume, you face your own challenges and everyone has something that makes their knees knock.  So tell us, what creeps you out?

Be Someone’s Hero

My heart goes out to anyone who has ever been the victim of harassment. Sadly, bullying is a real and painful issue that teens still face today. But they don’t have to face it alone and it can be prevented. If you have ever felt powerless or put down, speak up. If you know someone who is being bullied, get help. And adults can’t dismiss incidents. We have to reinforce the message that bullying is not acceptable behavior. Reading books is a non-threatening way to explore the issue and open up discussion.

In recognition of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month in October, I have put together a list of young adult books that involve teens who have faced such challenges. Some of these stories are powerfully intense; others are laugh-out-loud funny, but each one will touch a nerve and all are available at the Fauquier County Public Library.

Books for Teens about bullying

This Month's Featured Book Review

Extremities by David Lubar

Teens may be too cool for trick-or-treating but there’s nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned fright. This time of year is perfect to snuggle up with a creepy book. Extremities is exactly that – a book of bloodcurdling stories for teens who like to savor the darkness. These stories are not for the faint of heart. In one, high school girls take revenge on their sadistic gym teacher. In another, two stowaways find themselves on a ship for the dead. In the one that kept me awake at night, reality show contestants are challenged to stay all night in a haunted house…and somebody doesn't make it out. These 13 tales of death, murder and revenge will get you in the “spirit” of Halloween!

Spooky Reading!
Ann @ Bealeton Library

Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library

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