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Five Books That Got Me Interested in Reading

Reading used to be a chore for me. I used to cringe every time I had English/Literature class through my elementary/middle school years. I sat in the back and rarely raised my hand. I had done the reading required for that day. I had pretty good "reading comprehension" skills even though I didn't know it was even called that at that age. That wasn't the problem. I just was never interested in the books they had us reading at that time.

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Parklands-Turner YA Read Feed Book Club

Call for Submissions of Teen Book Review Teasers

Teens: Have you recently read a really great book? Do you have a favorite book that you'd like to recommend to other teens?   Do you want to earn additional community service hours? Accomplish all of these each time you write a book review that gets published on the Parklands-Turner Library page.  Submit your one-page review to Young Adult and Teen Specialist Auset Whaley.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1

My Name is My Name

Books That Place Significance in Names

Names can often carry heavy significance. They can be descriptive, oppressive or liberating. Here are some stories that actively or passively, do interesting things with naming. Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

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The Choice is Yours

Young Adult Books with Characters Making Important Decisions

What would you do?  The growth of a young person is often tested by the decisions they make. When the outcome of a choice could have long lasting effects, the question of "What Would You Do" becomes an interesting one. The following young adult books feature lead characters in decision making scenarios where the outcome greatly impacts their lives moving forward. 

the doubtful guest

Gothic Fiction for the Whole Family (Part 1: Children)

A celebration of old-world-style scares

It's never too early to introduce your child to Gothic and Modern Gothic literature (or to develop a taste for it yourself). This glorious genre explores negativity in a manageable package. With supernatural elements and an exploration of feelings like unhappiness and loneliness, both Gothic and Modern Gothic literature provide a unique opportunity for readers to explore and discuss some of the more challenging and gruesome aspects of life, and to find ways to cope with scary and negative feelings in their day-to-day lives.

It by Stephen King

Stranger Things That Go Bump in the Night!

Darkness falls across the land The midnight hour is close at hand Creatures crawl in search of blood To terrorize y’awl’s neighborhood

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Emma by Kaoru Mori

Staff Recommendation

In late Victorian London, William Jones goes to visit his retired governess Mrs. Stowner. He hasn't seen her in several years. During his visit, William notices Emma, Mrs. Stowner's young maid. Their meeting is the beginning of a romance in the manga series Emma by Kaoru Mori, English translation by Sheldon Drzka.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang cover

Challenged Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #19: Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey

2017 is here and a new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot's Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers. This read feed will address the nineteenth challenge, to read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey.

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie cover

Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #16: Read a book that has been frequently challenged or banned in your country

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers, and a complete list may be found here on the Book Riot Goodreads page.

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Her Initials are W.W.

Get Your Lasso and Bracelets Ready!

Perhaps you've noticed that a certain female superhero made her film debut recently. If not, then you are missing an awesome movie! But to be fair,  Wonder Woman – the Amazonian princess who features a lasso and bracelets – has been around since 1941. I have been a fan since childhood and still have a picture of  my Halloween costume as the demigoddess.

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