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Local Readers Rise To Library’s Teen Summer Reading Challenge

With the summer coming to a close, Kim Weber of C.H. Booth Library’s Young Adult section is pleased with the level of participation in this summer’s Teen Summer Reading Challenge.

“There are so many books that are just flying off the shelves,” Ms Weber said.

Ms Weber shared that the teens cannot seem to get enough of John Green’s novels — Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars — all stories of both the excitement and hardships of being a teenager.

“Newtown teens love John Green,” Ms Weber said.

Additionally, Ms Weber described the author Sarah Dessen as “wildly popular,” primarily among female teens.

The reading of book series seems to be one of the more popular routes for participants this summer, with many of the most-read series on their way to becoming feature films.

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan has been more popular among the younger teens, who hoped to read Sea of Monsters before the movie was released on August 7.

Additionally, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, with the City of Bones movie releasing on August 21 has been a favorite, as well as the Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card, whose film will hit theaters November 1.

Actor Tobey Maguire recently took The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey on as a producer and is currently working to develop the film. According to Ms Weber, many Newtown teen readers have grown fond of Mr Yancey’s work.

The Divergent series by Veronica Roth has also been popular and has a movie adaptation set to release sometime in 2014.

The Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans, a Nutmeg Award winner, has been quite well-liked as well, especially since it i’s “not too big, so reluctant readers grab it and end up wanting the second one,” Ms Weber said.

Hunger Games is still a notable favorite as well, Ms Weber shared.

Among Ms Weber’s favorites that she suggests to readers who are not sure what to read next are Guitar Notes by Mary Amato and Paperboy by Vince Vawter, which Ms Weber described as “along the lines of To Kill a Mockingbird.”

According to Ms Weber, around 60 young adults are involved in this reading incentive program, where every 50 pages read gives the participant a raffle ticket and a chance to win an array of prizes.

Hailey Pankow, 12, a participant in the Teen Summer Reading Challenge, has been enjoying herself immensely.

“I love to read for fun, so getting prizes for it is great,” Hailey shared. “We’re also able to post summaries of the books we’ve read online for other readers to see.”

Hailey’s favorite book to read this summer has been Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nich, 215 pages in length, which gave her four chances to win a prize.

Interested teens in rising grades 6 to 12 can still sign up to participate in the summer reading program by visiting the library’s website at www.chboothlibrary.org and clicking the 2013 Teen Summer Reading Challenge link, which also provides book reviews and information on possible prizes.

With the summer coming to a close, Kim Weber of C.H. Booth Library’s Young Adult section is pleased with the level of participation in this summer’s Teen Summer Reading Challenge.

“There are so many books that are just flying off the shelves,” Ms Weber said.

Ms Weber shared that the teens cannot seem to get enough of John Green’s novels — Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars — all stories of both the excitement and hardships of being a teenager.

“Newtown teens love John Green,” Ms Weber said.

Additionally, Ms Weber described the author Sarah Dessen as “wildly popular,” primarily among female teens.

The reading of book series seems to be one of the more popular routes for participants this summer, with many of the most-read series on their way to becoming feature films.

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan has been more popular among the younger teens, who hoped to read Sea of Monsters before the movie was released on August 7.

Additionally, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, with the City of Bones movie releasing on August 21 has been a favorite, as well as the Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card, whose film will hit theaters November 1.

Actor Tobey Maguire recently took The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey on as a producer and is currently working to develop the film. According to Ms Weber, many Newtown teen readers have grown fond of Mr Yancey’s work.

The Divergent series by Veronica Roth has also been popular and has a movie adaptation set to release sometime in 2014.

The Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans, a Nutmeg Award winner, has been quite well-liked as well, especially since it i’s “not too big, so reluctant readers grab it and end up wanting the second one,” Ms Weber said.

Hunger Games is still a notable favorite as well, Ms Weber shared.

Among Ms Weber’s favorites that she suggests to readers who are not sure what to read next are Guitar Notes by Mary Amato and Paperboy by Vince Vawter, which Ms Weber described as “along the lines of To Kill a Mockingbird.”

According to Ms Weber, around 60 young adults are involved in this reading incentive program, where every 50 pages read gives the participant a raffle ticket and a chance to win an array of prizes.

Hailey Pankow, 12, a participant in the Teen Summer Reading Challenge, has been enjoying herself immensely.

“I love to read for fun, so getting prizes for it is great,” Hailey shared. “We’re also able to post summaries of the books we’ve read online for other readers to see.”

Hailey’s favorite book to read this summer has been Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nich, 215 pages in length, which gave her four chances to win a prize.

Interested teens in rising grades 6 to 12 can still sign up to participate in the summer reading program by visiting the library’s website at www.chboothlibrary.org and clicking the 2013 Teen Summer Reading Challenge link, which also provides book reviews and information on possible prizes.

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