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The Teen Summer Reading Program begins on July 1 and ends on August 9th. Be sure to sign-up and you can be entered to win weekly prizes. At the end of Summer Reading Program you can be entered to win one of our four grand prizes which in previous years have included laptops, iPads, and eReaders.


Registration for the Teen Summer Reading Program begins on June 24th but you won’t be able to log your books until July 1.



Writing Reviews
When writing your book review please include the title, author, a little something about the subject of the book and what you liked or didn’t like about the book. Three sentences is the requirement for a review. Here is an example:


The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon


This is a great book about a 14 year old who tries to kill himself. Brent, who is also the author, talks about the memories when he tried to kill himself because he got bad grades and he didn’t want his parents to know. One day, he actually almost killed himself by lighting himself on fire. He got many 2nd and 3rd degree burns and started to wonder if anyone would like him anymore. Brent sees life in a different light and learns to cherish life and be grateful for what he has. After he recovered from most of his burns, he gets sent to a rehab center where people are mean to him but he still pushes his way back to normality and getting on with his life. When I finished reading this book, I couldn’t believe that this was a true story. This is a great experience with suicide and the victim’s thoughts and emotion. This is a one of a kind book and I would recommend this autobiography to anyone willing to face the devastating experience for Brent Runyon.


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The Picture of Dorian Gray begins with the introduction of three main characters, Basil, Lord Henry, and Dorian Gray. Basil is an artist who is enamored with the memeserizingly handsome, youthful, and innoncent Dorian Gray. Lord Henry is a philospher who enjoys influencing others with his negative views of life. It is Lord Henry's influence that convinces Dorian that the most important thing in life is youth. Guided by this notion, Dorian Gray recklessly wishes for eternal youth. He is granted this gift through a magical self-portrait which bears all the burden and aging Gray experiences. Therefore, he is left beautiful and untouched in real life. However, Dorian becomes more and more troubled by this portrait because he sees the picture of himself grow hideous. No longer able to contain his disgust, Dorian Gray murders the artist of his portrait, Basil. However, this murder leads to more turmoil. Now Gray is not only burdened by the portrait but also by the murder. Unable to turn to anyone for help, Dorian Gray decides to ultimately end his suffering through suicide. He stabs himself and change places with the portrait, dying as an old and wretched man. I recommend this book for those who enjoy rich literature and deep philosophy about life. There is a lot to learn from Lord Henry. Reading his ideas really opened my eyes to new concepts I never thought about.  Boston Public Library's Online Catalog
Title
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Author
Oscar Wilde
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In this book, the author, Alex Flinn, creates a more modern story of Beauty and the Beast. Popular and handsome, Kyle gets turned into a beastly looking man. Witch, Kendra, turns him into looking what his heart looks like, ugly. She gives him 2 years to find true love. Someone who will love him just the way he is and he will love her the way that she is too.  Boston Public Library's Online Catalog
Title
Beastly
Author
Alex Flinn
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My book Gone Away Lake is about two cousins when they go exploring and stumble across a ghost town with a big mystery inside. I like this book because it has a lot of suspense and mystery in it.   Boston Public Library's Online Catalog
Title
Gone Away Lake
Author
Elizabeth Enright