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Summer Reading for Teens (ages 11-17)
June 16th-August 22nd

 
 
 
Whether you're into the hottest teen fiction, coolest non-fiction, or one of our thousands of graphic novels, make all those pages you're reading count!

This year, we're keeping it simple: Read a book = earn a raffle ticket. Be entered to win gift cards to popular retailers. YOU pick which raffle you want to enter.

The Rules (there aren't many!):
  • Book MUST be checked out from the Parchment Community Library
  • Book must be read between June 16 and August 22
 
 
 
Raffle drawings on August 26th!


TEEN READS - Check out our current displays in the Teen Area!
Come see what our teen librarian, Rebecca, and our pages, Anna & Lissa, have chosen as their favorite books!




Check out the Ultimate Reading List at Teen Reads -- over 400 titles to entertain and inspire you (books that you'll actually want to read)!


Great Teen Book Websites
Looking for your next favorite book? Check out these sites for some Teen Girl Readingsuggestions:
 
TeensPoint.org - Oh so many lists of great books! Horror, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Non-Fiction, and more.
 
GuysRead.com - Just what it sounds like. Books for guys of all ages. John Scieszka (author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, among others) has created a site all about guys and reading.
 
TeenReads.com - Book reviews, author interviews, contests, and givaways. This is so much more than your everyday booklist site.
 
NoFlyingNoTights.com - Love Comics? Love Manga? NYC Librarian Robin Brenner's site will keep you up to date on the latest titles and direct you to some classics, besides.
 
ReadingRants.org - Out of the ordinary teen book lists! With categories like Slacker Fiction, Teen Tearjerkers, or Historical Fiction for Hipsters, there's sure to be something for you.

Advice, Health & Counseling Websites
Al-Anon/Alateen A national site to help the families and friends of alcoholics.
 
Above the Influence Pressure to fit in. To look a certain way. To act a certain way. These are just some of the pressures you might face during your teenage years. But there’s nothing more powerful than staying true to who you are.
 
Dealing with Bullying What to do if you or someone you know is being bullied, and how to get help.
 
Don't Believe the Type Learn more about online dangers, including sexual solicitation.
 
GirlsHealth Fitness, nutrition, emotions, relationships, and more.
 
Go Ask Alice A health question and answer Internet service produced by Alice!, Columbia University's Health Promotion Program.

It Gets Better Help, resources, and advice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens.
 
Health Guides by Topic Geared toward young women, includes topics on nutrition and fitness, emotional health, and general health and development.
 
How Can I Quit Smoking? Information to help you quit all tobacco products.
 
Just for Guys Advice, tips, health info, and fun stuff just for guys.

The Meth Project Question and answers about using meth.
 
National Runaway Switchboard Info and 24-hour help if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home.
 
Sex, Etc. A teen-produced Web site that answers questions you'd only ask other teens. Sponsored by the Network for Family Life Education at Rutger's University.
 
SuicideHotlines.com Provides phone numbers for county and city help lines for each state.
 
TeensHealth Information and advice about health, relationships, and growing up. In English and en español.
 
Teen Sexual Health Learn the facts about sexual health with articles about puberty, menstruation, infections, and just about everything else you wanted to know, for guys and girls.
 
Your Mind Being healthy means dealing with the changes in your body—and your mind. Relationships, body image, families, emotions...sort it all out in this section.
 
YouthResource Offers support community, resources, and peer-to-peer education about issues of concern to GLBT and questioning young people.


 
WHAT TO READ AFTER THE HUNGER GAMES
 
Already devoured The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay but don't know what to turn to next? Worry no more with this list of featured dystopian titles.
 
Birthmarked / Prized - Caragh O'Brien
Delirium / Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver
Ashes - Ilsa Bick
Girl in the Arena - Lise Haines
Maze Runner trilogy - James Dashner
Chaos Walking trilogy - Patrick Ness
Life as We Knew It trilogy - Susan Pfeffer
Blood Red Road - Moira Young
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Wither / Fever - Lauren DeStefano
Gone series - Michael Grant
Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi
The Declaration trilogy - Gemma Malley
Enclave - Ann Aguirre
Legend - Marie Lu
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
The Water Wars - Cameron Stracher
Forest of Hands & Teeth series - Carrie Ryan
X-Isle - Steve Augarde
Matched / Crossed - Ally Condie
Across the Universe / A Million Suns - Beth Revis
Partials - Dan Wells
The Eleventh Plague - Jeff Hirsch
Ship Breaker - Paolo Bacigalupi
Rot & Ruin / Dust & Decay - Jonathan Maberry
The Dead / The Enemy - Charlie Higson
Ashfall - Mike Mullin
 
Link to our catalog to read more about each book, see if it's in, or to put a hold on a checked-out book -- we'll call you when it comes back!

 

BANNED BOOKS
"Think for Yourself and Let Others Do the Same"
The books on this list have been targets of attempted bannings throughout the United States.  Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to keep the books in the library collections. 

We believe in the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of great books! "Think for Yourself and Let Others Do the Same" draws attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society. Keep reading and keep thinking for yourself!

TOP TWELVE MOST FREQUENTLY CHALLENGED BOOKS:

1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: drugs, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
2. His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence
3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: anti-family, drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group
4. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons: offensive language, racism, unsuited to age group
5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
6. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
7. My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
9. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
10. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
11. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
Reasons: homosexuality and offensive language
12. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: anti-family content, unsuited to age group, violence

See more Banned Books at the American Library Association website