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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Just for 6th grade and up

Now that you’re back in the swing of school, you may be looking for activities to do after the last bell rings. The library has loads of fun programs and resources to check out; visit our Teen Page for all the details. Below are a few highlights: 

Teen Advisory Group 

Join the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) to meet new friends and get involved at the library. The group gets together monthly for cool activities and service projects. In September you can help the library plan its teen webpage. In October we will learn about recording music and put on a Monster Mash party for younger children. In November we’ll make Holiday Cards for Heroes and in December teens help with our annual Santa visit! There are so many fun things to do, you’ll be glad you joined the library family. Just fill out a membership form or ask your librarian about getting involved.

Teen Writing Clubs

Do you write poetry or short stories? Are you working on a novel? Do you journal or blog? Join one of our Teen Writing Clubs to meet fellow teen writers, get positive feedback on material and other helpful tips.

Browse the Collection

Not ready to commit to a club? Then drop in to the library and just browse our wide collection of young adult books. We stock the latest bestsellers as well as old favorites and library staff is always ready to offer reading suggestions.

Need research help for school assignments? The library has excellent online databases that provide accurate and efficient searches of hundreds of topics.

Another Young Adult Book to Movie

So many good young adult books are being made into feature films! An upcoming movie release usually creates a surge of interest in the book. The latest book-to-movie phenomenon  is If I Stay by Gayle Foreman. 

Click on book cover to watch movie trailer!

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman  is one I read and loved when it came out in 2009. Filled with raw emotion, the story centers on Mia, who is in a coma after a car accident that took the lives of her entire family. Weaving reality with the supernatural, Mia’s spirit drifts through memories while she is torn between awakening to live with her grief or letting go of life to join her family in death. Choosing life will reunite Mia, a classical cellist, with her rocker boyfriend. But will she be able to live with herself? 

Needless to say, this is a very popular book pick right now, and there is a hefty waiting list. Here are some read-alikes to enjoy during the intermission.

In The Chance You Won't Return, high school junior Alex is dealing with Driver’s Ed and a first crush but what she’s really worried about is the growing disaster at home. Alex’s mother has already had one nervous breakdown and now she’s having delusions that she’s somebody else. This is a sensitive story about keeping a mortifying family secret from going public.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a fictional look at biotechnology. In the not-too-distant future, technological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal. Jenna, a 17-year-old, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

Sisters Kate and Mary take on major life decisions when their father dies suddenly, leaving them with their mother, who has been in a persistent vegetative state since an accident four years earlier. Irises mixes pain and joy in a story about following your dreams.

While their mother recovers from a car accident, 13-year-old Shelby and her three sisters must go to live with their respective fathers. Funny and perceptive, Outside Beauty depicts a family of strong-willed girls who have learned to rely on their looks and their courage.

Happy Reading!

Ann @ the Fauquier Library

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Giver: From bookshelf to big screen

The adaptation of Lois Lowry's classic young adult novel The Giver is being released in theaters tomorrow.

If you haven't read the book, it's one of those rare titles that I would recommend to almost any reader. The Giver follows Jonah as he comes of age in a community without conflict or inequality. When Jonah is chosen to become the Receiver of Memory, he encounters memories of life beyond his community and begins to question the foundations of his world.

The Giver is a quick, powerful read that will stay with you after you turn the last page. I would especially recommend it to readers who are interested in dystopian novels but aren't ready for The Hunger Games or Divergent.

If you've already read and enjoyed The Giver, you might also enjoy the following books:

Armageddon Summer - Jane Yolen & Bruce Coville

Armageddon Summer follows Marina and Jed, two teenagers whose parents have joined an end-of-the-world cult. As Marina and Jed wait in a mountain enclave for the end to come (and police and the media wait below), they struggle with questions of belief and with their relationships with their parents.

Suspenseful and complex, Armageddon Summer is a contemporary take on teenagers struggling with their beliefs and identities.

Fever Crumb - Philip Reeve

Fever Crumb is set in a future London where advanced technologies from the past are hoarded and studied. Young Fever has been raised by the tribe of Engineers to be rational and without emotion, but when she leaves home and starts experiencing the memories of London's deposed superhuman ruler, her life begins to change.

Reeve is an incredibly inventive writer, and Fever Crumb will dazzle science fiction fans with its colorful futuristic world. At the same time, Fever's journey of self discovery is very satisfying. House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer

Matteo is a clone of El Patron, the powerful, corrupt ruler of a country that has been carved out of the U.S. and Mexico. Clones aren't considered human, and Matt must leave his sheltered life in El Patron's house to confront his world and his identity.

The House of the Scorpion is a moving, memorable story set in an unusual dark future; if you've enjoyed books like The Giver or The Hunger Games, definitely pick it up.

Enchantress from the Stars - Sylvia Lousie Engdahl

Elana is a recruit for the spacefaring Anthropological Service; Georyn is a woodcutter's son on a planet without advanced technology. When Elana visits Georyn's planet to prevent an invasion, Georyn decides her technology is magic, and she's forced to play along.

Enchantress From the Stars explores this space-age encounter from three perspectives, showing different ways of seeing the same situation. It's a mix of science fiction and fairy tale that will appeal to readers who like their science fiction thoughtful and focused on characters (much like The Giver).

Becky @ Warrenton

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