Igniting Writing at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival on Saturday October 20, 2018

Teen Writing Group, Igniting Writing at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival on Saturday October 20, 2018

Have you ever wanted to try coming up with stories for a younger audience? Or write about teddy bears, chocolate cake and kids that get up to all sorts of chaos?

Join Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library’s creative writing club for 11-18 years olds, on Saturday 20th October, 10.30am to 12noon, for an action packed workshop dedicated to writing children’s stories.

The session will include fun writing activities, advice on how to make a story resonate with kids and the chance to share your ideas with other young writers, as well as the opportunity to write alongside the Wokingham branch of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Just drop in and don’t miss out!

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YA Book Drop

Drop into Wokingham Library every Thursday in August, 2-4pm for our YA Book Drop.  Try one our weekly challenges and discussions, have a look at the recommended books for the challenge or check out other YA books from the library.  Fill in a bookmark with your recommendation, and see if you can find the book in the library to hide the bookmark in for someone else to find.

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Challenges include speed reading, trends in YA, Shelf Help books for teens, book to film adaptations, diversity in YA, quick-fire questions, #CoverLove and more!

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Join the Teen summer reading challenge, pick up a bookmark in a branch today, fill it up with stamps per book you borrow and enter our book filled goodie bag prize draw.

The teen book group and teen writing group will be back after the summer.

Igniting Writing – Wokingham Library Teen Writing Group

Igniting Writing – Wokingham Library Teen Writing Group

Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library’s teen creative writing club, have run a range of sessions featuring guest speakers from the local writing community. Here’s an overview of this year’s speakers…

  • Author Julie Roberts, 14/10/17 – Julie shared her knowledge of historical fiction and the teens wrote their own, imagining how a person from the past would react living in today’s world.
  • Author Katrina Charman, 4/11/17 – the teens were impressed by Katrina’s background writing children’s fiction and wrote their own adventures for kids.
  • Poet Becci Fearnley, 18/11/17 – the teens tried some abstract ‘freeform’ writing, as Becci offered advice on performance poetry.
  • Author Annie Murray, 2/12/17 – Annie discussed hooking a reader with a story’s beginning and the teens wrote their own beginnings using prompts from a hat.
  • Author Andy Robb, 24/2/18 – Andy shared his hilarious anecdotes and offered tips on the topic of self-writing (eg autobiographies), which the group utilised by writing Wikipedia articles about their future selves.
  • Elsevier publisher Emily Thomson, 24/3/18 – the group wrote fantasy roleplay stories as Emily explained how to create a fictional fantasy world.
  • Author Claire Dyer, 21/4/18 – Claire gave advice on creating dialogue in stories, with the teens writing conversations between kids and adults.
  • Author Nicola May, 5/5/18 – focusing on romance, Nicola discussed how to write a unique love story and the teens wrote some ‘meet cute’ scenes.
  • Illustrator Cathy Maclennan, 12/5/18 – Cathy brought in her amazing sketches and the teens wrote their own stories to go with her artwork.
  • Former journalist Francesca Perryman, 9/6/18 – the group tried fictional interview writing around a news story, with Francesca sharing her insight on how journalists conduct an interview.
  • Author Julie Cohen, 16/6/18 – Julie spoke to the teens about making the ordinary extraordinary in slice of life stories, with the group writing scenes to show tensions and conflict in everyday life. 

There will ba a Creative Writing Workshops for Teens focusing on Worldbuilding at Wokingham Library on Saturday August 4 from 10.30am to 3pm.

To book call Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

The group will be restarting on September 8, 2018.

 

YA Book Drop at Wokingham Library

YA Book Drop at Wokingham Library

  • Check out the latest YA books we have in the library for you to borrow
  • Leave a book review for the board
  • Try one of the weekly book themed challenges.

Thursday July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

2pm to 4pm

For 11 to 16 year olds, Just drop in!

Why not try some of the following books:

witchbornWitch born by Nicholas Bowling

It’s 1577. When her mother is burned at the stake for witchcraft, Alyce flees to London. But it isn’t just witchfinders she has to worry about. Powerful political forces are also on her trail, dragging her into the feud between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. As Alyce struggles to understand her own powers, she is drawn into a web of secrets, lies and dark magic that will change the fate of England.

Moonrise bmoonrisey Sarah Crossan

Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row. But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think. From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk  or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Don’t forget to take part in the Teen Reading Challenge – https://wp.me/p5mHbU-3jC

Teen Events this Summer

Teen Events this Summer

Igniting Writing Summer Teen Writing Workshops

Igniting Writing LogoEver wanted to try writing and coming up with your own stories? Or share your ideas with other aspiring writers? If so, you’re in luck – Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library’s creative writing club, are running a series of action-packed writing workshops for anyone between 11-18 years old to take part in!

A Hero’s Journey

Everyone has wondered to themselves at least once ‘what would my life be like if I had superpowers?’ and this workshop is your chance to find out! If you’ve ever wanted to create your own superhero and tell the tales of their crimefighting exploits, this workshop will give you the opportunity to develop your own hero, with a backstory, supervillains and more!

Saturday July 28, 10.30am to 3pm

The World of Worldbuilding

All book-lovers enjoy immersing themselves in a world within the pages of a book, like Narnia or the Star Wars universe, but what do writers do to create those worlds? And how do you turn a collection of characters and settings into a whole world that a reader can imagine themselves living in? This workshop will focus on enabling you to create your own fictional world, whether it’s sci-fi, fantasy or something else entirely, and build it from the ground up!

Saturday August 4, 10.30am to 3pm

Both of the workshop sessions will include fun writing exercises, group discussions and some useful tips and tricks to sharpen your writing skills. There will be a lunch break, so make sure you bring something with you.

£5 charge, per session. Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

Winnersh Library Gaming Club

Warhammer Gaming Club for teens at Winnersh Library

Every Saturday 10.30am to 12.30pm

£1 charge, Places must be booked by calling Winnersh Library on 0118 979 7519.

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Check out the latest YA books we have in the library for you to borrow.  Leave a book review for the board or try one of the weekly challenges.

Thursday July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

2pm to 4pm

For 11 to 16 year olds, Just drop in!

Teen Reading Challenge at Wokingham Borough Library

Are you aged between 12 and 19?  Do you think you can read six books before the end of the summer?

Then join Wokingham Borough Libraries Teen Reading Challenge.

Collect a bookmark from any Wokingham Borough Library; you will receive a stamp on your bookmark each time you take out a book.

Starts July 14 and runs until September 11

One winner per library will win a YA book filled goody bag.

 

 

Teen Reading Challenge and Events

teen reading challenge 2015Teen Reading Challenge at Wokingham Borough Library

Are you aged between 12 and 19?  Do you think you can read six books before the end of the summer?

Then join Wokingham Borough Libraries Teen Reading Challenge.

Collect a bookmark from any Wokingham Borough Library; you will receive a stamp on your bookmark each time you take out a book.

Starts July 14 and runs until September 11

One winner per library will win a YA book filled goody bag.

Igniting Writing Summer Teen Writing Workshops

Igniting Writing LogoEver wanted to try writing and coming up with your own stories? Or share your ideas with other aspiring writers? If so, you’re in luck – Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library’s creative writing club, are running a series of action-packed writing workshops for anyone between 11-18 years old to take part in!

A Hero’s Journey

Everyone has wondered to themselves at least once ‘what would my life be like if I had superpowers?’ and this workshop is your chance to find out! If you’ve ever wanted to create your own superhero and tell the tales of their crimefighting exploits, this workshop will give you the opportunity to develop your own hero, with a backstory, supervillains and more!

Saturday July 28, 10.30am to 3pm

The World of Worldbuilding

All book-lovers enjoy immersing themselves in a world within the pages of a book, like Narnia or the Star Wars universe, but what do writers do to create those worlds? And how do you turn a collection of characters and settings into a whole world that a reader can imagine themselves living in? This workshop will focus on enabling you to create your own fictional world, whether it’s sci-fi, fantasy or something else entirely, and build it from the ground up!

Saturday August 4, 10.30am to 3pm

Both of the workshop sessions will include fun writing exercises, group discussions and some useful tips and tricks to sharpen your writing skills. There will be a lunch break, so make sure you bring something with you.

£5 charge, per session. Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

Winnersh Library Gaming Club

Warhammer Gaming Club for teens at Winnersh Library

Every Saturday 10.30am to 12.30pm

£1 charge, Places must be booked by calling Winnersh Library on 0118 979 7519.

ya book drop speechYA Book Drop at Wokingham Library

Check out the latest YA books we have in the library for you to borrow.  Leave a book review for the board or try one of the weekly challenges.

Thursday July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

2pm to 4pm

For 11 to 16 year olds, Just drop in!

 

 

 

Recommended Reads for Teens

Recommended Reads for Teens

Clean by Juno Dawson

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Meet the patients of the Clarity Centre: Kendall, the trans anorexic model-wannabe, vicodin addict Saif, OCD hoarder Guy, over-eater Ruby, washed-up reality TV survivor Brady, and last but definitely not least, spoiled heiress Lexi Volkov. Lexi hit rock bottom. After almost overdosing in a penthouse suite her brother stages an intervention and takes her to the Clarity facility for troubled young people. After a gruelling and painful detox, Lexi enters group therapy and meets her fellow ‘inmates’. Through her therapy sessions and a ten step programme, Lexi gradually opens up about her destructive life.

 

Truly, Wildly, Deeply by Jenny McLachlan

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Annie is starting college. She can’t wait. No more school, no more uniform, and no one telling her what to do. It’s the start of a new adventure and Annie’s not going to let anyone or anything get in the way of that. Freedom matters to Annie. She has cerebral palsy and she’s had to fight hard to get the world to see her for who she truly is. Then she meets Fab. He’s six foot two, Polish, and a passionate believer in, well, just about everything, but most of all Annie and good old fashioned romance. The moment Fab sees Annie, he’s wildly drawn to her and declares she must be his girl. Annie’s horrified. She doesn’t want to be anyone’s anything, especially if it means losing her independence. But then Annie finds herself falling for Fab. As things go deeply wrong, Annie realises that love can make you do wild, crazy things, and so she sets out to win his heart with a romantic gesture of truly epic proportions!

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules. Viv’s mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution!

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk  or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

Recommended Reads for Teens

Recommended Reads for Teens

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The Ravenmaster’s Boy by Mary Hoffman

Young Kit finds himself on a plague cart wedged between the bodies of his mother and father. But he is alive and is rescued and taken into the home of the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London. He soon finds he can speak the language of the big black birds, a skill which proves useful when he finds himself caught up in a story of queens and treason, princesses and executioners.

 

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A Berlin Love Song by Sarah Matthais

Max is 17, a German schoolboy, when he meets Lili, a trapeze artist from a travelling circus that performs every year in Berlin. Lili is from a Romani gypsy family whose life and customs are very different from those of Max and his family. Their friendship turns into love – but love between a member of the Hitler youth and a gypsy is forbidden. As events tear them apart can their love survive?

 

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The Rasputin Dagger by Theresa Breslin

Nina Ivanovna cares nothing for the troubles of her country. Russia in 1916 may be on the brink of revolutionary chaos, but with the death of her father, her world has just collapsed. Now she must travel to St Petersburg to escape her past, and find a future. Here she discovers a life, friends, and romance. But Nina is soon caught up in the domestic world of the Russian royal family, and as unrest on the streets threatens to reach breaking point, this is a very dangerous place to be. Though desperate to save those she cares about, and share her life with the boy she loves, Nina’s every move seems to be haunted by a beautiful, ruby-studded dagger. A dagger that will draw her ever closer to the mad, bad world of Grigori Rasputin.

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk  or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Recommended Reads for Teens

everlessEverless by Sara Hollands

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry. Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family. There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever – and possibly the future of time itself.

out of heartOut of Heart by Irfan Master

Donating your heart is the most precious gift of all. Adam is a teenage boy who lives with his mum and younger sister. His dad has left them although lives close by. His sister no longer speaks. His mum works two jobs. Adam feels the weight of the world upon his shoulders. Then his grandfather dies and in doing so he donates a very precious gift – his heart. William is the recipient of Adam’s grandfather’s heart. He has no family and feels rootless and alone. In fact, he feels no particular reason to live. And then he meets Adam’s family. William has received much, but it appears that he has much to offer Adam and his family too.

mikeMike by Andrew Norriss

Floyd is a star of under-18’s tennis. Since he was little, all he’s ever known is the routine of training, of the matches, of trying to be the best. But something strange is happening. A boy called Mike has started turning up – a boy no one else can see. He keeps appearing whenever Floyd is playing tennis and making him lose his game. Floyd needs to discover what Mike wants – and what that will mean for him, and where his life is headed. Floyd is at the start of a journey that will lead him into a headlong collision with his family, girls, friendship, and self-discovery.
All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk  or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Books for Teens for LGBT History Month 2018

To celebrate LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) month we have put together a list of recommended titles for teen readers:2018-Badge-354-x-354-JPG-300x300

 

Read me like a book by Liz Kessler

Ashleigh Walker is in love. You know the feeling – that intense, heart-racing, all-consuming emotion that can only come with first love. It’s enough to stop her worrying about bad grades at college. Enough to distract her from her parents’ marriage troubles. There’s just one thing bothering her. Shouldn’t it be her boyfriend, Dylan, who makes her feel this way – not Miss Murray, her English teacher?

Beyond magenta : transgender teens speak out by Susan Kuklin

Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender identity. Portraits, family photographs and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken.

 

Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong – why he sometimes fantasises about having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak? In razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story. Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.

 

This book is gay by   James Dawson

Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at sexual orientation and gender identity. Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know – from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more.

Two boys kissing by David Levithan

The two boys kissing are Craig and Harry. They’re hoping to set the world record for the longest kiss. They’re not a couple, but they used to be. Peter and Neil are a couple. Their kisses are different. Avery and Ryan have only just met and are trying to figure out what happens next. Cooper is alone. He’s not sure how he feels. As the marathon progresses, these boys, their friends and families evaluate the changing nature of feelings, behaviour and this crazy thing called love.

 

Out by Joanna Kenrick and illustrated by Julia Page

‘I think I’m gay’ are not the words a teenage girl wants to hear when she’s about to confess to her best friend that she fancies him. But Natalie’s got to disguise her own feelings for Will when he tells her his secret. Can she help him as he comes out to the rest of their class at school?

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

16-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. And worse still, so will the privacy of ‘Blue’, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing. With messy dynamics emerging in Simon’s once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s life suddenly becomes just a little complicated. Now Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out – without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

 

Hero by Perry Moore

Thom Creed is used to being on his own. Even though he’s a basketball star, his school classmates keep their distance. They have picked up on something different about Thom. Plus, he can’t escape his father’s history. Hal Creed was one of the greatest superheroes of his time until a catastrophic event left him disfigured and an outcast.

The art of being normal by Lisa Williamson

David is funny and quirky and has always felt different from other people – but he also has a huge secret that only his two best friends know. Ever since he can remember, he has felt like a girl trapped in the body of a boy.

Like other girls by Claire Hennessy

Here’s what sixteen-year-old Lauren knows: she’s not like other girls. She also knows it’s problematic to say that – what’s wrong with girls? She’s even fancied some in the past – but if you were stuck in St Agnes’s, her posh all-girls school in Ireland, you’d feel like that too. Here everyone’s expected to be Perfect Young Ladies – it’s even a song in the painfully-cheesy and sexist musical they’re putting on this year, directed by Lauren’s arch-nemesis. Lauren is not like other girls, and nor is her friend Evan, who’s just come out as a trans boy – which Lauren knows she’s supposed to be cool with but still feels betrayed by. (Having had an unrequited crush on Evan for years doesn’t help, either). Why can’t everyone just be themselves without obsessing over labels? Then Lauren discovers she’s pregnant – the most girlish thing of all.

 

Our own private universe by Robin Talley

15-year-old Aki Simon has a theory. And it’s mostly about sex. No, it isn’t that kind of theory. Aki already knows she’s bisexual – even if, until now, it’s mostly been in the hypothetical sense. Aki’s theory is that she’s only got one shot at living an interesting life – and that means she’s got to stop sitting around and thinking so much. It’s time for her to actually do something. Or at least try. So when Aki and her friend Lori set off on a trip to a small Mexican town for the summer, and Aki meets Christa – slightly-older, far-more-experienced – it seems her theory is prime for the testing. But something tells her it’s not going to be that easy.

 

Fight like a girl : 50 feminists who changed the world by Laura Barcella

Feminism is a hot topic. The battle for gender equality is being fought by everybody from politicians to indie social media campaigners, celebrities to school girls. But how did we get here and who paved the way for today’s badass women? ‘Fight Like a Girl’ profiles 50 fearless women – both the historical icons and the unsung heroes – such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Frida Kahlo and Roxane Gay. Each extraordinary life story is accompanied by a stunning portrait, along with eye-opening sidebars on their hard-fought causes and iconic quotes. Be inspired by their stories, arm yourself with their knowledge, get active and ‘Fight like a girl.’

 

Release by Patrick Ness

Today will change Adam Thorn’s life. Between his religious family, unpleasant boss and his ex-boyfriend, the bindings of his world are coming undone. And way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake. Is there time for Adam to find his release?

 

 

History is all you left me by Adam Silvera

OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love – his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to be his ultimate life partner – in a drowning accident. In a desperate attempt to hold onto every last piece of the past, a broken Griffin forges a friendship with Theo’s new college boyfriend, Jackson. And Griffin will stop at nothing to learn every detail of Theo’s new college life, and ultimate death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth – both in terms of what he’s willing to hide, and what true love ultimately means.

The last days of Archie Maxwell by Annabel Pitcher

Dads leave home all the time. It’s not that unusual, really. Leon’s dad walked out. So did Mo’s. But Archie’s? Well, that’s a different story – a story that Archie must keep secret at all cost. Archie knows he should accept Dad for who he is, so he hides his turmoil until he can stand it no longer. With nowhere else to turn, he finds himself at the railway track. The track has been calling to him, promising escape, and release. The only problem is, it’s been calling to someone else too.

 

If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo

My name is Amanda. I’m 18. When you look at me, you might see that I’m pretty and popular, you might think my life is easy. But being me has never been easy – because I haven’t always been Amanda. When I was born, I was named Andrew. Now, at my new school, I finally feel like myself. But do I owe my new friends the truth about my past?

 

Lies we tell ourselves by Robin Talley

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever. Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept ‘separate but equal.’ Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

 

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries