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KCL Teen Summer Reading Program 2013


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Sign up at any Kern County Library location.

To get started, print & download the Teen Reading Log.

Read and have fun all summer long! The KCL's Summer Reading Program can keep teen's reading skills strong. The more you read, the better you get at it.

To whet your appetite, programs and events with a food themed flavor will take place at branches throughout the county June and July.

How to participate:

  • Read 10 books or read for 10 hours.
  • Record your titles/hours on a Reading Log.
  • Return your signed Reading Log to the library by Saturday, July 27, 2013 and get a free paper back book provided by the Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc.
  • The Teen Summer Reading Program is available at all branches of the Kern County Library.

Summer events for teens are available at the library locations listed below. Please click on the branch location to view & download the schedule of events.



Enjoy these delicious reads this summer!

Teen Fiction

fat cat coverFat Cat by Robin Brande
Overweight teenage Catherine embarks on a high school science project in which she must emulate the ways of hominims, the earliest ancestors of human beings, by eating an all-natural diet and foregoing technology.
chocolate war coverThe Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.
sf for sarah brynes coverStaying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
The daily class discussions about the nature of man, the existence of God, abortion, organized religion, suicide and other contemporary issues serve as a backdrop for a high-school senior's attempt to answer a friend's dramatic cry for help.
secret of truth coverSecrets of Truth & Beauty by Megan Frazer
Dara Cohen, a junior pageant princess turned chubby teenager, reconnects with an estranged older sister whom her parents have disowned for mysterious reasons.
food girls coverFood, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have : A Novel by Allen Zadoff
Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.
tantalize coverTantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family's vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.
cup runneth coverMy Cup Runneth Over : the Life of Angelica Cookson Potts by Cherry Whytock
Believing she is too big, fourteen-year-old Angel tries dieting and kick-boxing to lose weight, but thanks to her friends and the school fashion show, she discovers that her size is just right. Includes recipes.
all these things coverAll These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.
fat manifesto coverBig Fat Manifesto by Susan R. Vaught
Overweight, self-assured, high school senior Jamie Carcaterra writes in the school newspaper about her own attitude to being fat, her boyfriend's bariatric surgery, and her struggles to be taken seriously in a very thin world.
scottish dumpling coverMy Scrumptious Scottish Dumplings : the Life of Angelica Cookson Potts by Cherry Whytock
The further adventures of fourteen-year-old Angel Cookson Potts, food-loving cooking enthusiast and worried weight watcher, as she enlists her friends to help her Scottish father prove that London's famous department store, Harrods, is unknowingly selling inferior haggis. Includes recipes.
cupcake queen coverThe Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler
While longing to return to life in New York City, thirteen-year-old Penny helps her mother and grandmother run a cupcake bakery in Hog's Hollow, tries to avoid the beastly popular girls, to be a good friend to quirky Tally, and to catch the eye of enigmatic Marcus.
dairy queen coverDairy Queen : A Novel by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.
coffeehouse angel coverCoffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
Sixteen-year-old Katrina's kindness to a man she finds sleeping behind her grandmother's coffeehouse leads to a strange reward as Malcolm, who is actually a teenage guardian angel, insists on rewarding her by granting her deepest wish.
girls dinner coverGirls Dinner Club by Jessie Elliot
Junie, Celia, and Danielle, three ethnically diverse high schoolers in Brooklyn, form a friendship while cooking dinners together and helping one another sort through their romantic entanglements.
kitchen princess coverKitchen Princess by Miyuki Kobayashi
Najika left the rural orphanage she knows as home to attend Seika Academy in Tokyo in the hopes of finding a boy who touched her heart years earlier. Nobody in her class thinks she should be there except two brothers, Daichi and Sora, who recognize Najika's magical talent for cooking.
truth or dairy coverTruth or Dairy by Catherine Clark
Courtney uses a diary to express her frustration over the fact that her boyfriend left her in order to go to college.
peaches coverPeaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Three teenaged girls from very different backgrounds, thrown together to pick peaches in a Georgia orchard, spend a summer in pursuit of the right boy, the truest of friends, and the perfect peach.
bittersweet coverBittersweet by Sarah Ockler
Hudson Avery gave up a promising competetive ice skating career after her parents divorced when she was fourteen years old and now spends her time baking cupcakes and helping out in her mother's upstate New York diner, but when she gets a chance at a scholarship and starts coaching the boys' hockey team, she realizes that she is not through with ice skating after all.
indigo skye  coverThe Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti
Eighteen-year-old Indigo is looking forward to becoming a full-time waitress after high school graduation, but her life is turned upside down by a large check given to her by a customer who appreciates that she cares enough to scold him about smoking.

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Teen Nonfiction

eat fresh coverEat Fresh Food : Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs by Rozanne Gold
Renowned chef Rozanne Gold has assembled an All-Star Team of teen chefs—kids who love to cook and love to eat good food—to create more than eighty mouth-watering recipes, attuned to the seasons, refined for the kinds of food teens want to eat.
food fast coverReal Food, Real Fast by Sam Stern
Sam Stern, a British teenager, provides ideas and recipes for healthy snacks and meals. Divided into sections for when you have 5, 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes.
teens cook coverTeens Cook : How to Cook What You Want to Eat by Megan and Jill Carle
A teenager's guide to the culinary arts introduces seventy-five recipes for breakfasts, snacks, family meals, main and side dishes, and desserts, including a wide range of foods, from vegetarian and ethnic specialties to the best in American comfort food.

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