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Summer reading challenge for teens

Summer reading challenge for teens

01 July 2016
Photo of a row of children's books in the library

This summer, the borough’s teenagers can take part in the Teen Reading Challenge at Wokingham Borough libraries to inspire them to keep reading.


To take up the challenge all they needs is a Wokingham Borough library card.  If they don’t have one they can easily sign up for one at their local library.  


To complete the challenge teenagers need to borrow and read six books during the summer holidays.  The challenge ends on 11 September.   Any young person completing the challenge will be entered into a prize draw for a YA book filled goody bag.


There is also a Poetry and Short Story Competition for Young People, to write a poem or short story under 500 words on the theme of Messages.  They can pick up an entry form, and hand them both into their local library by 19 September. Prizes include signed books.


The borough’s libraries have lots of brilliant new books for teens to try including:

  • Crush - Eve Ainsworth
  • Conjuror – John and Carole Barrowman
  • Love song – Sophia Bennett
  • One – Sarah Crossan
  • The Prey – Joseph Delaney
  • London Belongs to Us – Sarra Manning
  • New Guard – Robert Muchamore
  • Railhead – Philip Reeve
  • Orbiting Jupiter – Gary D. Schmidt
  • The Monstrous Child – Francesa Simon
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley


Wokingham and Lower Earley Library will also be hosting special events for teens.


Manga Workshop

Manga drawing workshop on the basics, creating a character and a story idea for children aged 8 to 16. Please book a place. £3. At Lower Earley Library on 5 and 9 August from 10 to 11.30am.

Manga drawing workshop on storyboarding and creating a finished page for children aged 8 to 16. Please book a place. £3.  At Lower Earley Library on 12 and 19 August from 10 to 11.30am.  Places must be booked by calling Lower Earley Library on (0118) 931 2150.


Teen Writing Workshops

The High Strung Heist Run - A full day workshop session on the ‘heist’ genre of stories at Wokingham Library on 30 July from 10.30am to 3pm.


Plot Pitfall Prevention! - A full day workshop session on story plotting and character development at Wokingham Library on 6 August from 10.30am to 3pm. £4. Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on (0118) 978 1368.



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