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Frightening Books to Help People of Any Age Own the Night

Posted: 05/30/2012 4:55 pm

By Elyse Barrere, Young Adult Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library

When you're a teenaged book lover summer reading is the best reading! The freest reading! It's staying up all night under the covers with a flashlight because you don't have class in the morning reading! This summer the Los Angeles Public Library wants its teen patrons to Own the Night, the theme for this year's teen summer reading club.

Having sleepovers and scaring yourselves until you're laughing so hard you can't breathe. Sleeping with the windows open wondering if that rustling in the trees is just a squirrel or some supernatural thing. Feeling the wind in your face as you drive your car with the music turned up full blast. Staying out all night for the first time after prom.

The night can mean terror or love or freedom. These books will get you into the mood to howl at the moon!

And if you're a grown-up, don't be embarrassed to read from the teen shelves. We promise it's okay.

LAPL's Summer Reading Clubs for children and teens start June 11. Contact your local library branch to find out more.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
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Once upon a time there was a girl raised by monsters. This is her story. Karou is a mystery to her friends with her blue hair, her sketchbooks filled with fantasy worlds that are real to her, and the strange jobs that take her away at a moment’s notice. But she’s also a mystery to herself. The monsters she loves and the tattoos she was born with hold the keys to her past, and it’s about to be unlocked. You’ll be guessing right until the very last page, and after that all you'll be thinking is "I want more!" (Luckily you’ll get it in the fall of 2012 when the next book in this series comes out!)
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