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Brampton Teens Challenged to Read 2 Million Pages this Summer!

For the past five summers, Brampton Library has challenged Brampton teens to read during their summer holidays. This summer 444 teens met the challenge of reading TWO MILLION PAGES and went beyond to read a total of 2,025,909 pages. Other than reading the outstanding number of pages, Brampton Teens submitted 6,173 book reviews from June 1 to August 31. The readers ranged from Grade 8 to post-secondary teens and the reading selection covered a wide range of genres.

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The 24/7 online reading challenge is for teens, ages 13-19, who are invited to create an account on Brampton Library’s website in order to submit page counts and book reviews. Participants can read fiction and non-fiction in both print and digital formats. Audiobooks, comics, graphic novels, and magazines are also eligible.

Each online entry increases the chance of winning a prize in the weekly random draws. Grand prizes are awarded to the reader who reads the most pages and to the reader who submits the most reviews. The top ten readers are also recognized and all participants receive a certificate recording the number of pages that they have read. At the beginning of the school term, the certificates are distributed through their schools.

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Over the years, the Challenge has received favourable support from teachers, parents and the teens themselves. It is an exciting way to promote literacy and the love of reading.

Challenge Them and They will Thrive!