Calling all teens: you can “Read to Win!” at the Fuquay-Varina Community Library when you enter the NC State Fair Teen reading Challenge. If you are in grades 6 – 12, you can win 2 all day State Fair passes by just reading! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
- Step 1: Pick up a reading log at the library starting Sept. 1.
- Step 2: Keep track of how much time you spend reading and enter it on the log. Any kind of reading counts – books, audiobooks, and ebooks.
- Step 3: You receive 1 entry ticket to the Read to Win prize drawing for every hour you record on your log. Bring your reading logs to the library to receive your entry tickets.
All logs must be turned in by Oct. 1, to get tickets and be entered in the prize drawing. Winners will be drawn on Oct. 3, for the 2 all day State Fair passes. The State Fair is Oct. 11-21.
Staff picks for teens
Not sure what you’d like to read? Whether you’re thinking about getting back into the school groove or just want to have fun, here are a few suggestions to get you started.
- Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer
The author tells a funny and poignant story about honesty, self-esteem, and the demands of loyalty. After a life altering summer, Jenna Boller has new found maturity. She has a job she loves, a best friend who makes her laugh and a dysfunctional family she’s learning to handle. Then Tanner Cobb, a guy with a past and dangerously good looks walks into her life. And that’s just the beginning.
- My Life in Black and White by Natasha Friend
What if you lost the thing that made you who you are? Lexi’s perfect features have helped her attract friends, a boyfriend, and the attention of a modeling scout. But everything changes the night of Lexi’s car accident. Now she’s not sure what’s worse: the scars she’ll have to live with forever, or what she saw going on between her best friend and her boyfriend right before the accident. With the help of her defiantly uncool older sister and a guy at school recovering from his own recent trauma, Lexi learns she’s much more than just a pretty face.
- The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
In this first book of her Bayern series, the author re-tells the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become queen. On her way to marry a prince she’s never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.
- The Pretty Committee Strikes Back: a Clique Novel by Lisi Harrison
While on a seventh-grade school trip, Claire attempts to mend her relationship with Cam while Massie seeks to maintain her high social standing and receive her first kiss.
- All But Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Seventh grader Alice decides that the only way to stave off personal and social disasters is to be part of the crowd, especially the “in” crowd, no matter how boring and, potentially, difficult.
- Too Stressed to Think?: a Teen’s Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes Your Crazy by Annie Fox (YA155.5 FOX)
When stress has the “survival brain” on overdrive, what happens to the “thinking brain”? How can teens learn to use the mind-body connection to stay cool and make smart choices when the pressure’s on? This book is packed with practical information and stress-lessening tools teens can use every day. Dozens of realistic scenarios describe stressful situations teen readers can relate to. Each scenario is followed by a clear, understandable process for reducing or stopping the stress and making decisions that won’t leave a teen lamenting, “What was I thinking?” Throughout, quotes from real teens remind readers that they’re not alone -that stress affects everyone, but it doesn’t have to ruin your life.
- What Color is Your Parachute for Teens: Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future by Richard Nelson Bolles and Carol Christen (YA 331.702 BOLLE)
The book teaches high school and college students to zero in on their favorite skills and then to apply that knowledge to finding their perfect college major or job. It draws on the timeless principles of the best-selling career book to provide high school students with a focused manual for choosing a career. It includes exercises and worksheets throughout and features concrete, easy-to-understand job-hunting tips.
- Middle School: How to Deal by Sara Borden (YA 373.236 BORDEN)
Five young girls offer advice to succeeding in middle school and addresses issues such as popularity and peer pressure, boys, family problems, bullies, fashion, makeup, and more. This book offers advice from girls in middle school on how to survive this tough time, discussing boys, body image, and peer pressure.
- The Teen’s Guide to World Domination: Advice on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Awesomeness by Josh Shipp (YA 646.7 SHIPP)
Presents advice for teenagers on their relationships with peers, parents, and teachers, with insight on how to deal with bullies, chronic complainers, and negative friends, and create a strong sense of identity and self-worth. Hilarious, inspirational, and authentic, Josh offers golden nuggets of wisdom for everything that has you freaking out (pretty much all the stuff you can’t fathom addressing with Mom and Dad). So, summon your inner hero and learn to dominate the seven “villains” that are keeping you from awesomeness.
- The North Carolina State Fair: the first 150 Years by Melton McLaurin (630.74 MCLAURIN)
This hardcover book, which features a handsome dust jacket, is the most comprehensive account of the people, politics, and events that have shaped the North Carolina State Fair. Each chapter provides insight into a different aspect of the state fair over the years since its founding in 1853. The book delves into the fair’s structure, the fair as carnival, its social aspects, and agricultural and industrial promotion.
Did you know? …
There’s a whole section devoted just to TEENS at the Wake County Public Libraries webpage. When you visit the website site at www.wakegov.com/libraries just click on the TEENS tab and instantly you’ll arrive the Wake Teen Link page. It’s chock full with great resources: reading lists, an events calendar, databases and weblinks. Check it out.