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Teen Board Question - April 2017, Part 1

Teen Board Monthly Question

Teen Board Question - April 2017, Part 1

Here at Teenreads, we're in a spring break frame of mind. If you ask us, one of the best parts of reading is getting to travel to far off places you've only dreamed of --- without spending all of your money or having to pack (or overpack). While we're feeling springy and fun, we asked our Teen Board members which fictional or real setting from a book they would you love to visit for spring break --- and why?  As a bonus, we also asked them to tell us what sort of fun activities they would enjoy and which awesome characters they'd see.

I would love to visit the Dauntless Headquarters from Divergent! It might not be the most spring-y place in the world (it might even be the least spring-y place in the world) but if I visit during Spring Break, then that means I can experience all things Dauntless but only have to deal with all the bad parts for a week. I would definitely eat way too much chocolate cake but I would tell myself that I could because I would be on vacation! I might have a broken leg or two from jumping off the trains but what's Spring Break without a little adventure, right? --- Pranshu A.

I would love to visit the planet Lorian (before the Mogadorian invasion) from the I Am Number Four series. I would love to visit there because it sounds beautiful. It sounds like everyone works together really well too. I would love to spend my time with the Garde and play games with them. They could use their powers and maybe transfer some to me with the stone. --- Ashley D.

I would love to travel to Hogwarts for spring break! Even if I couldn’t perform magic myself I would love to meet magical creatures such as centaurs, unicorns, hippogriffs, nifflers, bowtruckles and any other creature I could find (minus the dangerous ones and giant spiders). I would love to watch a Quidditch match and even try my hand at broomstick flying too. I would love to meet Harry, Hermione, Ron, Luna, Hagrid, Professor McGonagall and every character I could find. I would also love to meet house elves, explore the corridors and hang out in the common rooms. I can only imagine how beautiful and amazing it would be. --- Shannon C.

It's typical for my family to stay at home during spring break, so I tend to read a lot of books. But one place I have read about in countless of Cassandra Clare's books that I would love to visit is Idris from The Shadowhunter Chronicles. It's a gorgeous land, with still nature, and an older style of architecture. One of my favorite things is that there is no modern day technology, because electronics are sort of taboo for Shadowhunters, so it would be wonderfully quiet. Nothing to attend to, no distractions via my cell phone. I would most likely read, maybe go to the Academy, and definitely visit where Clary bought the Morgenstern blade Heosphoros, at the weapons shop Diana's Arrow. I'm just thinking about it and I already don't want to come home! --- Caitlyn K.

For spring break, I would love to visit Red London from A GATHERING OF SHADOWS during the Element Games. It would be magical. I would get to see all of the fights. Ever since I read about the floating stadiums, I was hooked. My day would start with a few of the matches. I would wander off, eat some nice food and walk the streets of Red London, simply observing. If I could see Prince Rhy, that would make my day. I would end my break with a party. Royal or not. --- Wren L.

I would love to visit the island that Gwen Castle lives on in WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick. The book, which takes place during the summer, details her romance with an old friend under the warm sun. Her hometown is charming, as she works at a local restaurant but is able to cool off after hours in the water. She even has a date with Cassiy Somers, her love interest, in a boathouse. I would love to explore a tiny island like this one and enjoy these fun summer activities without the issue of too many tourists. It would be a private, relaxing vacation. --- Juliette G.

I would LOVE to spend a couple weeks in Jane Austen's regency world. It'd be amazing to meet and converse with all of her characters. I'd love to go to balls and parties, and experience a romance with a Jane Austen hero, dress in the beautiful gowns of the day and take long walks in the scenic landscape. In addition to that I'd also like see all the wildlife and architecture of the period. In essence, I just want to experience life in a Jane Austen novel. --- Rachel A.

Because I so highly anticipated the next novel in Sarah J. Maas's A COURT OF THORNES AND ROSES, I would love to visit that world during Spring Break! Feyre and Rhysand would be so much fun to meet! I would love to go to the Night Court and see the beauty of what is described in A COURT OF MIST AND FURY! --- Grace P.

I would love to visit Elsewhere (the afterlife) in ELSEWHERE by Gabrielle Zevin. It would be interesting to age backwards and to attempt to communicate with the living. Additionally, I could find my dream job and pursue my interests without worrying about constantly competing with others. --- Emily G.

I would immediately travel to the entire world that the Starboard trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner takes place in. It’s all in space with so many different types of planets all in the same universe. I’ve always been a space nerd so traveling to space would be awesome on it’s own, but it would be even better to jump around the different planets like people can do in the trilogy. Of course, this is all assuming I’d be visiting after all of the events in the trilogy took place. I don’t want to get involved in any of that stuff! --- Brynn S.

I would love to spend spring break in the world of Prythian from A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J Maas. It may not be the safest of choices but it would definitely lend itself to exciting adventures! I would especially love to travel to the Night Court and meet Rhysand. He could be my tour guide for the vacation and fly me around Prythian. I definitely wouldn't object to spending hours in the "darkest and scariest" court if Rhysand was there to keep me company. --- Danielle F.

Without a doubt the place I would visit over spring break is Camp Half Blood (Camp Jupiter is a close second). The most appealing thing for me is without a doubt the food. My goodness the food! It's truly to your heart's content. Imagine anything you're really craving or really want to eat and you get it! Then there are all of the interesting activities. There is archery practice, sword practice and maybe the most dangerous yet fascinating of all, Capture the Flag. This is no ordinary game guys. There are real weapons, real battle plans and real rivalries; it's absolutely amazing. --- Flor H.

Wooo spring break! If I could go anywhere fictional for spring break, I would definitely head to Lost Cove, California, the setting for Jandy Nelson’s I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN. Heading off to a small beach town sounds nice, and --- bonus --- Lost Cove is home to a great cast of characters. Sounds like a great way to spend my week.  I might not be as artsy as they are, but I bet I could make some friends. Bon voyage! --- Rebecca N.

If I could pick any setting to visit for spring break, I would choose Hawaii, especially as it is described by Nicola Yoon in her book EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING. When Maddy and Olly get there, what makes the location special is not only the novelty, beauty and impossibility of their surroundings, but also the company they have in each other. To go anywhere so beautiful with companions as caring and sincere as Olly and Maddy would definitely make for an ideal spring break! --- Laura T.

I would love to visit Illea over spring break which is America 300 years from now as is described in THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass. Of course, I would want to be a royal guest so I could stay in the castle for break. Not only would it be relaxing, but it would be an adventure as I would spend my days exploring. Although my first stop would be the library, and it could possibly end up being my last because it has to be massive and pretty much my dreamland. --- Harleen K.

Until recently, I really did not like nature. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the outdoors, It’s just that I really didn’t have an opinion on them. Sure being outside was fine but I really didn’t want to spend an extended period of time in it. I really don’t know what changed, maybe it has something to do with my Meditation gym class that I started taking this year (which actually changed my life, but that's a story for another time), or something else entirely, but now I just really love nature. I like going on walks and hikes, something that I would never have enjoyed before, and I even like just sitting outside just existing. This leads me to my answer to this month’s question. I would really like to do what Christopher McCandless did in Jon Krakauer’s examination into his journey in the book INTO THE WILD, though probably not to the same extreme. Something that I’ve recently really wanted to do is just get in a van and road trip across America by myself for a summer (sorry, this expedition might be a little hard to undertake just during spring break). There is something so pure about being in nature by yourself and to get away from the fast paced life that we live in today. I don’t know when or if this is going to even happen, but right now I know that it’s something that I want to do.  --- Zoe I.

Even though it is spring break, I would love to go to Hogwarts and take all of the magical classes that I possibly could! A visit to practically anywhere in the magical world of Harry Potter would be a dream to me. Shopping for spellbooks at Flourish and Blotts, sampling all sorts of magical treats at Honeydukes, enjoying a refreshing glass of butter beer at the Three Broomsticks and the never-ending list of things to do at Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade would keep me entertained forever. --- Makayla H.

I would really love to visit Terabithia from BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA by Katherine Paterson. Spring Break is all about relaxing, having fun and spending time with the people you care about, away from some of the stress of normal life. The children in the book often go to Terabithia for the same reason; to find a happy place and just escape from the negative things in their lives. The fun thing about Terabithia is that you never quite know who or what you'll run into, or what you'll end up doing. You could soar high above the sky with your new best friend, or swim into the depths in the ocean to find buried treasure. You could even be superheroes and fight off beasts if you wanted to! There are no limits in Terabithia, so I'd love to spend my spring break there (and maybe just spend some time in the tree house reading too!) --- Sheridan N.

I would love to spend my spring break exploring Hawaii with Maddy and Olly from EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING. --- Aliza M.

My go to answer would have to be Hogwarts.  I would visit Hogwarts anytime of the year if I could.  I would love to learn to play Quidditch and get a Butterbeer at Diagon Alley.  Mostly the Quidditch, I would imagine Spring time to be a good time to learn how to play Quidditch.  My second option would be Antarctica from The Legend series.  They have climate control domes so that means freezing to death won't be an issue, and just how cool would it be to see a real life video game as a society?  That blew my mind when I read it.  I'm not sure if I would want to live there, but definitely visit and experience it temporarily. See people 'level up' to better jobs by doing something good and just learning more about the mechanics of it all.  The history of how it was established, who designed the cities and the technology to understand all languages.  It would be a good second choice to Hogwarts. --- Sabina Z.

I would love to visit the town from the book THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS by Isabel Allende. I would love to see the huge house where a majority of the book took place, to see the place where such an intricate story took place. What would be ever more interesting would be to be able to time travel in this town and see how the town and house have changed over the years. --- Vaishnavi S.

Despite this being a stereotypical answer, I would love to go to Hogwarts, from Harry Potter. I’ve imagined what the castle looks like for years, with the beautiful grounds, the lake and even the castle itself. Besides the beautiful architecture that would be there, seeing the magical atmosphere of the castle would be just as wondrous. Also, I would have to visit Hogsmeade, the magical village nearby the castle. While there, I would love to meet some of the characters of Harry Potter, especially Hermione, Ginny, Fred and George, when they were younger. I’ve always wanted to travel to England, and seeing the world of one of my favorite books would make it the vacation of my dreams. --- Jessica K.

I would love to visit the fictional world of Primoria from the Snow Like Ashes series! I think it would be so much fun to be able to choose which season to vacation in, or maybe just visit them all! I'd like to meet Miera and Mather first (although being from New Jersey I'm not really interested in spending too much time in Winter), and then maybe tour the other seasons during the week. I think that I'd spend my time in the other Season kingdoms exploring the culture and traditions of each kingdom. Sara Raasch gives a lot of details about the traditions of each area in her books, and I'd love to see some of their customs for myself! --- Rachel R.

Of course, I would want to go to Hogwarts. I, like many others, am still waiting on my letter. Hogwarts is just magical! Happy spring break! --- Rebecca D.

Even though there are still a few weeks left until A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN will be released, I am already so excited for it and would love to visit Velaris (the Night Court) from A COURT OF MIST AND FURY for spring break. I can already imagine how alive the city would be - filled with the joy of the young and laughter of the old --- and as an extra bonus, I would be able to see Feyre, Rhysand and all of his Inner Circle! --- Niraja S.