Teen Summer Reading

 Spark a Reaction

The program starts as soon as school is out.

Area teens (ages 12-18) are invited to “Spark a Reaction” this year and join Jackson County Library Services’ Teen Summer Reading Program. Create a felted wool project, make a “fobot,” a lava lamp, or just come and hang out. The library offers free movies, art activities, and gaming days all summer long.

Visit your local library to sign up and learn what’s happening in your community or download the Reading Log to get started!

Teens who write a review of a book, graphic novel, audio or eBook, or library program can earn the chance to win one of fifteen $100 Barnes & Noble gift certificates as well as other prizes. Selected reviews will be featured below.

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This program is sponsored by the Kenneth A. and Lucille D. Hulburt Family Trust and Friends of the Library groups throughout Jackson County.

Featured Teen Reviews

Book Reviews

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
It was a really awesome book! It was 1,000,000,000 times better than the movie. It was not as violent as the movie.
Medford Library

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The Iliad by Homer
One of the oldest stories there are, The Iliad is about the war betw4een the Trojans and the Greeks over the city of Troy. A war started over Helen and Paris but that became more than that. I liked the storyline, but the writing can get to be a little slow.
Eagle Point Library

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The Unnameables by Ellen Bograem
Medford Runyuin lives on Island. On Island, thou art thy name, according to the Book. Medford is teased “Run-you-in, run-you-out” but other than that, he should be pretty normal, right? Wrong. He doesn’t just carve like Boyce, his foster father does. He makes unnameable objects, too. But EVERYTHING changes with the arrival of Goatman. It was easy to connect with the characters. It was suspenseful.
Medford Library

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The Boy Project by Kamie Kinard

This book is about Kara McAllister and her boy project. Kara is in 7th grade middle school and is in search of a soul mate because she’s never had one. This is a book full of drama and comedy, and also great tips on getting a boyfriend. It is really interesting and informative about girls and boys in middle school.
Medford Library

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Mandie and the Abandoned Mine by Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie’s uncle opened the ruby mine he owned and Mandie and her friends started mining. Mandie an done of her friends got kidnapped and stuck in a boat without oars.
Rogue River Library

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The Palace of Mirrors by Katherine Peterson Haddix
I think this book deserves a five out of five because of the amazing effort Haddix puts into the book. This story tells the tale of a young girl named Cecia who has grown up with one secret she can tell no one. The author carefully dews detail, surprise, and delicacy into this story as Celcia and her friend take a journey through this remarkable book. I liked all of the surprises that came out of nowhere in the story.
Ashland Library

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

After showing the truth to the city, Tris goes outside the fence and learns even more. Allegiant unravels everything from the previous books. It mixes rebellion, romance, and the understanding that we are all human. The book ends in an unsuspecting way, but that just makes it fuller. As strange as it seems, I like the end. It is so different from happily ever after.
Rogue River Library

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Winger by Andrew Smith
Ryan Dean West is a 14 year old junior at Pine Mountain. This year he hopes to step up his game and no longer become the “little kid.” Between getting drunk the night before school, making out with his roommate’s girlfriend, to fighting his good friend over a girl, he’s having a hell of a junior year. And maybe, just maybe, his fantasy romance with his best friend Annie might come true. I liked Smith’s humor. Who would think the Seattle Space Needle reminded him of something phallic?
Medford Library

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
A painfully compelling novel that stretches the limits of reality when it explores the powerful effects of the murder of a child on a family. A beautiful, haunting book that probes the wide world around us while narrating the mircro-world of the Salmon family after the catalyst of Susie Salmon’s murder.
Talent Library

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Pere
Mixing danger, romance, treason, death, and loyalty, this outstanding book captures your attention and heart. When betrayed by his friends on the day of his wedding, Edmond Dantes is forced to overcome 14 years of prison, the death of his father, and the betrayal of his bride before he travels almost through death to the one with whom he can be happy. I liked how it kept me entertained through the whole story.
Talent Library

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Graphic Novel Reviews

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Sati sends Yoh to hell to train, but while Yoh is out Safi gets attacked by some guys. Also a short book about racing cars. I liked the cars in the short book.  Medford Library

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Bleach 46 by Tite Kubo
After the battle with Aizen Ichigo lost his powers. But a man tells him that he will help him get his powers back. I like the part where Ichigo gets taken by his boss. Medford Library

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The Tarot Café #1 by Sang Son Park
A fortune teller by the name of Pamela can predict the future using her cards of fortune. She gets strange clients with supernatural abilities or supernatural beings. She reads a “cat guy’s,” a blind vampire’s, a fairy’s, and an alchemist’s fortune all based around love. I like how much is written detail in the feelings of the characters.  Rogue River Library

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Cirque Du Freak, Book 1 by Darren Shan
This book is about two friends, Darren and Steve. Steve is fascinated with monsters, Darren with spiders. When they find a flier to a freak show, they have to go. There was a lot of action in this book and that’s the kind of stuff I like in a book.  Talent Library

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My Cat Loki #1 by Bettina Kurkoski
Ameya is an artist in a little town called Cattail Grove. He found a cat named Loki when he was running, because of an agent. Loki is a big ball of mischief, so much that something terrible happens to Ameya. I liked that Ameya looks at all cats like people with ears and a tail.  Rogue River Library

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 Programs

Create a Riot of Color
On July 23, I took my cousin to a “Riot of Colors.” They told the kids about the 2014 Summer Reading Program, where the kids did arts and crafts, learned about wool, and made friends. So I thought this class was good for the kids. I liked how the kids enjoyed having fun and learning about wool.
Medford Library

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Create a Riot of Color

We talked about different books and then learned about wool and how to make bracelets and balls with wool. Then we started. I made a ball. I liked putting a ribbon and bead on my ball.
Rogue River Library

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Ender’s Game
An amazingly clever movie that I thoroughly enjoyed! A great choice for one of the first movies shown at the library. I liked that it was really clever and funny.  Medford Library

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African Drumming with Laura Rich
We learned some beats, then a story, then some more beats. After that we did another story and then a story with beats. I like the sound of the drums.  Rogue River Library

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Sharpie Tie Dye Book Bags
Kids and adults made their own book bags using cups, sharpies, and rubbing alcohol. AWESOME!!! It was really easy and the finished product was pretty, no matter how many mistakes I made.  Medford Library

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Sharpie Tie Dye Book Bags
This was a really fun program. You get a cup and a rubber band and a book bag. Then you create your own cool design. All the people there were really nice and helpful. I liked that you are able to do at home also.  Medford Library

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