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W HAT DO YOU
If you are a teen, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system wants to know.
Teen Read Week is coming and in support of this year's theme, "It Came from the Library!," we're asking teens to nominate the scariest book ever written on our Teens@CRRL Facebook page or our Teens.Library
In the next few days, we'll narrow the list to five titles and, starting October 14th, teens can visit our website, Teens.Librarypoint.org, and vote for the scariest book. Unfortunately, I'm too old to participate, but if I could here are the titles I would choose.
Zombies are in!
In "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" by Carrie Ryan, a fence surrounds the village to keep everyone safe from the "unconsecrated" outside. Inside the walls, the Guardians and the sisterhood offer protection while discouraging the curiosity and questions they believe condemned their world to an infection of the undead called "the Return."
When Mary's mother falls victim, her brother throws her out of the house, leaving Mary no option but to join the sisterhood.
When an outsider, a girl named Gabrielle, makes her way to the village, Mary is horrified when the sisters send her into the forest to be bitten.
Again, Mary is overwhelmed by her lack of choice. But, when Gabrielle, now a super-strong zombie, charges the fence and the town is overrun, Mary finally takes action.
Faced with two choices--stay and die or flee--Mary leads a small group of refugees on a daring escape via paths of "protective" fencing through a forest that is literally alive with grabbing hands and gnawing teeth.
I keep telling my husband that if ever there's an apocalypse he need not worry because I know how to survive. "Ashes" by Ilsa J. Blick is one of the titles that I consider "training."
Alex flees to the wild in an attempt to escape her terminal cancer diagnosis and finally deal with the deaths of her parents. An encounter with a young girl named Ellie and her grandfather is interrupted by the excruciating physical pain and red and white glare of an electromagnetic pulse that leaves the grandfather dead.
Briefly, the book reads as a wilderness survival tale until Alex and Ellie happen upon a young couple sitting around a campfire eating not s'mores, but a more grisly snack.
That's their first clue that though they and a few others have survived, most of the young people have turned into zombies. Somehow they have to get through a world turned upside down and figure out how to survive.
What if Jack the Ripper came back with a vengeance? "The Name of the Star" by Maureen Johnson explores that terrifying thought.
When American Rory Deveaux arrives in London, she doesn't realize that she has the ability to see ghosts.
It's not until the second time she sees the bald man in the overly large suit that she realizes she's the only one.
The problem is that she's now caught the attention of one of the world's most notorious murderers--not a situation anyone wants to be in, especially when he knows where you live.
Rebecca Purdy is coordinator of children's services for Central Rappahannock Regional Library. Phone her at 540/372-1160 or Email her at