Teens: Need some health and physical fitness inspiration for the new year? Grab your library card and check out some of these books at the Abington Community Library.
• “Falling into place” by Amy Zhang
One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz’s friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life.
• “Fit girl : yoga for fitness and flexibility” by Rebecca Rissman
Presents various yoga poses designed to improve fitness and flexibility.
• “Get fit! Eat right! Be active!: Girls’ Guide to Health & Fitness” by Michelle H. Nagler
Explains how girls can achieve total fitness and health by focusing on three broad areas — physical fitness (exercise), nutrition (food), and mental state (having a healthy outlook and being a positive, active person).
• “Pointe” by Brandy Colbert
Four years after Theo’s best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
• “Poisoned Apples: Poems For You, My Pretty” by Christine Heppermann
Christine Heppermann’s powerful collection of free verse poems explore how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies, their friends — as consumers, as objects, as competitors. Based on classic fairy tale characters and fairy tale tropes, the poems range from contemporary retellings to first person accounts set within the original stories. From Snow White’s cottage and Rapunzel’s tower to health class and the prom, these poems are a moving depiction of young women, society, and our expectations. Poisoned Apples is a dark, clever, witty, beautiful, and important book for teenage girls, their sisters, their mothers, and their best friends.
• “The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B” by Teresa Toten
Adam not only is trying to understand his OCD, while trying to balance his relationship with his divorced parents, but he’s also trying to navigate through the issues that teenagers normally face, namely the perils of young love.
• “Yoga” by Barbara Sheen
An ancient practice — The practice of yoga — Functional fitness — Yoga and physical health — Yoga and the mind.
Sandy Longo is head of public services and assistant director at the Abington Community Library. Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.