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Buy it, and they will read

May 28, 2002|BY KATE COLEMAN

When Librarian Sherri Maret came to work at Chambersburg Area Senior High School a few years ago, the fiction collection wasn't large. Circulation numbers indicated that students were checking out about 1,000 titles a year.

With the help of about $8,000 from the community, Maret ordered more fiction. Circulation doubled the first year. By now, it has quadrupled.

If you buy the books, the readers will come, Maret says.

Popular young-adult authors include: Lois Duncan, Caroline B. Cooney, Joan Lowery Nixon.

Young adults also like Michael Crichton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, Maret says.

Here's what a few CASHS students have to say about reading:

Shannon Simms, 18, a senior: She's been filling in some gaps, reading "classics," including Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" and William S. Burroughs' "Naked Lunch."

Last year Simms enjoyed reading "Perks of Being a Wallflower," by Stephen Chbosky. She compares it to "Catcher in the Rye," and says she recommended to almost everyone she knows.

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Erin Kelly, 18, a senior, likes to read - but not everything. "I don't do horror.," she says.

She plans to go to medical school and enjoys reading medical fiction. "Emergency Room" was a good book, she says. She recently read a biography of Susan B. Anthony and has enjoyed books in the "Left Behind" series and books by Christian author Frank E. Peretti.

Kristin Tassone, 17, a junior : "I like to read romance novels." Danielle Steel and Johanna Lindsey are favorite authors.

She does her leisure reading in her room at home and in the library at school.

- Kate Coleman

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