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Teen Read Week features Steam Punk Fiction

October 13-19 is Teen Reads Week, sponsored by the American Library Association. From now through the 19th, teens can enter a drawing at the Stowe Free Library to win a free book -- the Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry. This book is a dark and thrilling adventure set in an alternate 19th century, where goblins and other uncanny beings are forced out of regular society and into the wilderness if they are not able to hide their peculiarity. This book is an example of steampunk fiction, a featured genre during Teen Reads Week.


What is steampunk? It is a subgenre of sci-fi/fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or fantasy world, usually, but not exclusively, in Victorian times. Got that?


Some examples are:

Jules Verne books

The time machine by H.G. Wells

The golden compass by Philip Pullman

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Mortal cities by Philip Reeve

The hunchback assignments by Arthur Slade

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

The Expeditioners by S.S. Taylor

Clockwork angel by Cassandra Clare

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