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Halloween Trivia & Superstitions

Halloween Trivia The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin
Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.
The word "witch" comes from the Old English wicce, meaning "wise woman." In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.
Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
Hallowee…

Teens Top 10 Announced

The voting has ended and the teens have spoken. These are the winners of the Teens Top 10 of 2016.

1. Baker, Chandler. Alive. Stella Cross has received a heart transplant, but it has not stopped her emotional suffering. Then a mysterious boy named Levi Zin comes into her life. Stella’s pain goes away whenever she’s around Levi. However, Stella finds out a terrible secret about Levi. Can it be true?
2. Niven, Jennifer. All the Bright Places. Death plays a big role in the lives of high schoolers Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. He is constantly on the verge of suicide, and she is battling grief after her sister’s death. The Indiana teens come together to work on a project and soon develop a bond, showing each other what it’s like to live.                                                   
3. Brockenbrough, Martha. The Game of Love and Death. Set in Seattle in the 1920s, a romance develops between Flora, who is African American, and Henry, who is white. Despite some differences, the…

Fairy Tale & Folk Tale Retellings

I've recently been reading a lot of fairy tale & folk tale retellings, so I thought I'd create a short list of others and the tale they are based on.

Ahdieh, Renee                        The Wrath & the Dawn          Arabian Nights                                                 The Rose & the Dagger

Meyer, Marissa            Cinder                                     Cinderella                                      Scarlet                                     Red Riding Hood                                      Cress                                       Rapunzel                                      Winter                                     Snow White
Flinn, Alex                  Beastly                                    Beauty & the Beast                                     Cloaked                                   Various                                                Towering                                 Rapunzel                                             A Kis…

October is National Prevent Bullying Month

October is National Prevent Bullying Month. Below is a list of some of the fiction books we have on bullying.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Twisted. YA FIC Anderson
Asher, Jay. 13 Reasons Why. YA FIC Asher
Butler, Dori Hillstead. The Truth about Truman School. YA FIC Butler; 6-8
Cohen, Joshua. Leverage. YA FIC Cohen
Crutcher, Chris. Period 8. YA FIC Crutcher
Deuker, Carl. Gutless. YA FIC Deuker
Falkoff, Michelle. Playlist for the Dead. YA FIC Falkoff
Fifty Cent. Playground. YA FIC Fifty Cent
Goldblatt, Mark. Twerp. YA FIC Goldblatt
Hensley, Joy. Rites of Passage. YA FIC Hensley
Howe, James. The Misfits. YA FIC Howe; 6-8
King, A.S. Everybody Sees the Ants. YA FIC King
Lo, Catherine. How it Ends. YA FIC Lo
Peters, Julie Ann. By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead. YA FIC Peters
Sher, Emil. Young Man with Camera. YA FIC Sher
Shulman, Mark. Scrawl. YA FIC Shulman
Summers, Courtney. Some Girls Are. YA FIC Summers

Walton, K.M. Empty. YA FIC Walton