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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Twice upon a Time...

Young Adult Fantasy Series

As the colder months approach, you'll want plenty of good books to keep you busy indoors. Why not dive into a new series? And, while you're at it, why not try some fantasy to escape the doldrums of the dark reality of winter? Below, find the books that kick off seven great young adult fantasy series. Some series are complete while others are still in the works, so take your pick and, like a drifting snowflake, get carried away by these immersive stories of the fantastic.

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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.

Saving Red

Books In Verse

YA Titles With Impact Using Fewer Words

Using different styles of writing can be a great tool for authors who want to mix up the young adult reading scene. In the titles below, each author uses the in verse writing style that delivers less words to arrive at deep emotion, character flaws and pivotal plot points. A reader could interpret this writing style as similar to poetry or symbolic to user interpretation. Do you agree?  

Jaws

Sinister Summer

Beach Books with a Terrifying Twist

Do you like your frolicking to be a little frightful? Your picnics with a dose of panic? Your travels to have a touch of terror? Then fear no more, because here is a list of books for the reader who likes their summer scary—on the page, at least. Whether it’s something from the Master of Horror or an '80s exorcism throwback or a true crime account whose culprit just made headlines, each of these titles is sure to give you a chill on all those hot, muggy days we have ahead of us; happy Summer Challenge!  

Bitter in the Mouth

Worlds Where Senses Mix, Part Two

Explorations of Synesthesia in Adult and Teen Fiction

The last few decades have seen a resurgence of interest in synesthesia, the neurological condition in which a stimulus of one sense involuntarily evokes another sense (such as hearing colors or tasting words). Not only has synesthesia become a well-developed area of research within neuroscience, but many new works of literature, along with new attention on certain older works, have broadened awareness of this fascinating phenomenon.

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Parklands-Turner Book Club Readers' Corner

Call for Submissions of Teen Book Review Teasers

Attention Teens: Have you just finished reading a great book that you want to talk about?  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 attend a Teen Talk-Back (book club meeting) or write a book review that gets published on the Parklands-Turner Library page. 

The Here and Now

Moving Through Time and Space

Young Adult Fiction With Time and Inter-Dimensional Travel

Some of the most thrilling books involve characters operating in multiple time periods to accomplish a personal goal or rectify a dire circumstance. Whether going backward in history, or forward in time, stories that use this literary device become exciting with each layer of anticipation. The following titles feature teens traveling through time or other dimensions to initiate a chain of compelling events. 

Strange Weather by Joe Hill

Goosebumps for Grown-Ups

Stories about Ghosts, Goblins, and God Knows What

"Reader, beware... You're in for a scare!" So, you're in your 30s, you live alone, and just as your head hits the pillow, you hear a sound in your kitchen. *CREEEEAAK* Is it just the house settling? Could it be the furnace? The ice maker? Surely, it's just the cat... but... the cat is right there beside you in bed. Could it be, in fact, a ghost from beyond the grave?

Wuthering Heights

Gothic Fiction for the Whole Family Part 2 (Teens and Adults)

A celebration of old-world-style scares

It's never too late to develop a taste for Gothic reads. 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 in such, to find ways to cope with scary and negative feelings in their day-to-day lives. Find a comfy chair and get ready for some shocking, fearsome and morose reads.

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