We Are Okay

by Nina LaCour

Marin believes that you need a lot in life, until she just picks up and leaves for New York City without speaking to anyone. Marin is convinced that running is the only answer to a tragedy she is unwilling to face and unwilling to talk about.

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Now, alone in New York City, Marin realizes that she has not spoken to anyone from her hometown since she left. And although she has tried her best to forget, sometimes ignoring a situation only makes it worse.

In the cold, Marin sits alone in her dorm room, waiting for her best friend Mabel to visit her. She will finally have to confront her past and the loneliness that has made room in her heart.

We Are Okay is an emotionally intense and moving novel, and is an own voices read. With complex and introspective characters, We Are Okay will question how someone should face their own past.

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The Lost Coast

by Amy Rose Capetta

Danny has just moved to California, to get away from a town that was suffocating her and who she needed to be. While trying to find herself, Danny finds the Gray’s: a group of witches who are mysterious and are a breath of fresh air.

The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta

Danny quickly finds out that she did not come to Tempest, California on her own, but was guided by a spell cast by the Gray’s. A spell to help find a missing member of their group. But Imogen isn’t missing, at least her body isn’t, and when Danny finds herself face to face with ‘Imogen’ at school she realizes that there is something wrong in the woods.

Together, The Gray’s and Danny must come together to help bring Imogen back and find their power again.

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June 15-June 20

Great Book, Bad Costume: Pose with your favourite book or the one you’re reading now. Then make a costume for one of the characters using only stuff you can find around the house!

This week I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Yes, it’s a bit of a nostalgic read, but it’s really great to meet these characters again. I also forgot how much fun the story is and how different it is from the movies. Maybe I’ll re-watch those later this week too. Anyway, the book is Oshawa Public Libraries Pass the Book selection this year, that’s why I thought it would be the perfect time to read it and now I have a great idea for my costume for this challenge! Do you know who I am?

Yes, I did use Photoshop to make my face purple, but the rest is just my costume! I used an old housecoat, some pillows, a blanket, maybe even a stuffed animal or two. I could barely move, but man was it fun to dress up like a character from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
I can’t wait to see how you dress up for this challenge!!!

Rules for Vanishing

by Kate Alice Marshall

Once a year, in a small town, a path appears in the woods and the legend of Lucy Gallows comes alive.

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

It’s also been one year since the disappearance of Sara’s sister Becky, who walked into the woods to find the path and never came home. Not only is Sara struggling with the loss of her sister, but she is also suffering the loss of her friends. But, when a mass text message is sent to her high school to ‘follow the path’ Sara and her friends meet up for the first time in almost a year. They are thrown into a dangerous game of darkness and secrets, where their cameras are the only things that can offer proof of what happened.

In Rules for Vanishing, Kate Alice Marshall has created a documentary style novel, in line with The Blair Witch Project. Rules for Vanishing is an eerie and heavily atmospheric read with a great cast of characters.

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This summer we are moving online and we challenge you to meet us there! Complete weekly reading and other fun challenges, post them online and win prizes!

Tag each entry with #OshawaTeensRead and @oshawalibraries to play. The more you post, the more chances you have to win. Each post qualifies as an entry into the draws for summer prize packs! Complete the ten weekly challenges in any order and even repeat your favourites with different posts!

Not on social media? No problem! You can still play by emailing your entries to jclark@oshawalibrary.on.ca

Runs June 15-August 24.

How to Play

  1. Register Here
  2. Read and complete a challenge
  3. Post a picture of the challenge online using the library tags: #OshawaTeensRead @oshawalibrary
    (or email the challenge)
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3
  5. Win prizes! (check back for prize details)

The Challenges

  1. June 15-June 20

Great Book, Bad Costume: Pose with your favourite book or the one you’re reading now. Then make a costume for one of the characters using only stuff you can find around the house!

  1. June 21-27

Books on Film: Watch a film and read the book that inspired it. Post a pic of them side by side. Bonus: tell us what part should not have been left out of the movie.

  1. June 28-July 4

Tall Tails: Post a pic of you reading with your pet.

  1. July 5-July 11

Buddy System: Read the same book as a friend and post a pic of you both with the book, while practicing social distancing.

  1. July 12-July 18

Book Tasting: Recreate food or drink from a story you read and post your creation. Bonus: Let us know if it was good or not.

  1. July 19-July 25

#Shelfie: Snap a pic of your beloved bookshelf. Make it creative!

  1. July 26-August 1

Flashback: Re-read a book you loved when you were younger and share a quote.

  1. August 2-8

Genre Trekking: Read outside your regular genre. Share what your normal genre is and the new one you tried. Bonus: read while outside.

  1. August 9-15

#BookFace: Strategically line up your face or another body part alongside a book cover that features a matching body part so that there appears a melding of life and art.

  1. August 16-22

What’s Your Soundtrack?: Put together a list of songs that move you. What would your life soundtrack look like? Bonus: use Freegal, the Library’s free music streaming App.