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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Teens' Top Ten: Nominate Your Favorites

Hi – my name is Natalie Wheeler, manager of the Bealeton Library and I’d like your help.

This year is our 10th anniversary at our Willow Drive location and we’re celebrating all year long. This is where you come in. I’d like to compile a top ten list of the ultimate YA books. I asked some of my staff members about their favorites and this is what they had to say. 

“I read so many books, and reread so many more, that my favorite is usually the one that I just finished. If I have to answer the question right this second, I would have to say that The Fault In Our Stars is at the top for the moment.  Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters are characters that jump off the page. Theirs is a tragic love story, better than Romeo & Juliet, with a twist: cancer. These two teens are dealing with issues that would stop most of us in our tracks. Yet, they manage to build a relationship and deal with the messy details of living and dying with humor and courage and love.”

“Have you read the Virals series by Kathy Reichs? Each title in the series has a great mix of science fiction, mystery, suspense, and adventure!  Fourteen-year-old Tory Brennan is the niece of the forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan, of Bones TV fame. After her mother dies, she comes to live with her marine biologist father in South Carolina. She and some new friends discover that a science experiment on nearby Loggerhead Island has gone horribly wrong. When they investigate, they become infected with a virus that causes them to have special powers. Now, the adventures begin!” 

“I can’t help but bring up the young adult titles that I have read the most times: The Outsiders, Good Night, Mr. Tom and The Dark Is Rising series. 

The Outsiders has to be the ultimate story of teens from the “right” and the “wrong” side of the tracks trying to find their place in the world. 

Good Night Mr. Tom tells the story of a boy named Will during WWII and the bombing of London. Will comes from a rough home and is evacuated to the countryside where he goes to live with Mr. Tom. Will and Mr. Tom create their own family and are able to help each other deal with tragedies both past and present.

Finally, The Dark Is Rising series is five books set in England and based on Arthurian legend. Another boy named Will, the seventh son of a seventh son, is the last of the Old Ones born with the power to manipulate time and magic to battle The Dark. Will first becomes aware of his powers on the morning of his 11th birthday. The series follows his journey to build his powers and gain allies, as the final battle against The Dark approaches. These are old friends that I return to time and again while waiting for my next favorite to be written.”

Now - your turn!  What are your favorites?  We’d like to know what you love to read. Post a comment below or submit your favorite titles to your local librarian at any of our three branches. We’ll compile a list based on your submissions and then ask for your help with voting on Fauquier Teens’ Top Ten Books!

Happy Reading! 
Natalie @ the Bealeton library 

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