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July 10, 2013


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Travel Delays Are No Match for Books or Teenreads.com!
Sometimes it feels like you need a vacation from your vacation, especially when there is travel involved! Even though I had a wonderful time with my family and friends in Chicago for the Fourth of July weekend, my trip was overwhelmed with delays --- EIGHT hours total, actually. But, as all you fellow avid readers can bet, I was well-armed with some upcoming fall YA books to get me through the unexplained waiting. While most other passengers were getting fidgety or taking out their frustrations on the flight attendants, I was off trying to sabotage the Guild and find a way back to Arras in Gennifer Albin’s follow up to CREWEL, ALTERED; then on the trip back, I was traveling back in time to kill the boy I loved before he lets his ambition destroy the country in ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill.

Lucky for me, these two adventures, featuring two very kicka$$ heroines, made my travel much less awful than it could have been AND I get to tell you about how much I love both of them. Mark your calendars as ALL OUR YESTERDAYS will be out September 3rd and ALTERED will be published on October 29th. I’ll be sure to remind you when they come out in the newsletter and on Facebook and Twitter. Which, by the way, do you follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook? You definitely should! We like to give you more updates through social media about what’s up on Teenreads.com but also what’s new in the world of YA.

I feel like every time we run a poll, I learn so much about all of you! In June, we asked you which superpowers you’d want to have if you were in a fantasy or science fiction YA. The results are in! Of those of you who answered, 37% would like to be able to shapeshift or change into animals or objects; 36% would want telepathy and read minds; and 35% of you would what psychokinesis or to control things with your mind. I guess there aren’t as many Superman fans out there as I thought! Being able to fly is in fourth with 34% saying you’d want to do that. This month’s poll asks you how many books YOU’RE planning on reading this summer. I’m thinking I’d like to do about 25. How about you?

Ready for an R. L Stine horror? In his A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SCREAM, a horror movie turned into real horror when three young actors lost their lives while the camera rolled. Production stopped, and people claimed that the movie was cursed. Sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. When shooting starts, though, the set is plagued by a series of horrible accidents --- could history be repeating itself? This could be the only time you won’t be dying to be a movie star, right?

Joelle Charbonneau’s THE TESTING takes you on a survival adventure when teens are tested in a way that your finals will seem like they were a breeze. It’s graduation day for 16-year-old Malencia Vale, and all Cia can think about --- hope for --- is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. Amy Alessio reviews, “Terrifying and vivid, the Testing process will keep readers in thrall. Nothing goes as expected in this exciting first adventure of a new trilogy.”

Do you have the problem of telling people what they never asked to hear? It’s certainly true for Holly in Maurene Goo’s SINCE YOU ASKED…. Fifteen-year-old Holly Kim is the copyeditor for her high school's newspaper. When she accidentally submits an article that rips everyone to shreds, she gets her own column and rants her way through the school year. Can she survive high school embarrassments, all while struggling to balance her family's traditional Korean values? I would have LOVED to have had my own column in the newspaper to voice all of my complaints…then again, I guess having everyone know everything about me could have been quite intimidating!

Have you entered our annual Beach Bag of Books Giveaway? If not, click here right now! With 20 books in a beach bag also filled with a beach towel, sunscreen and an “I Read YA” tote and button, there’s no reason to delay! Imagine how many flight delays or road trips you can get through with that many books! Probably 10 for me! Then again, you also can share them with friends and family if you don’t think you’ll get through all of them. You have until Thursday, July 18th to enter to win! And don't forget to tell your friends --- the more friends who enter, the most likely you'll get to grab a great beach read as they share with you!

YA lit doesn’t have to be boys vs. girls, right? There are books that boys AND girls can love! Teenreads.com’s "He Said/She Said" feature aims to highlight a book each month to discuss its guy and girl appeal, first with the cover and then with its content --- and YOU get to tell us what you think. Our first featured title, TANDEM by Anna Jarzab and our second featured title, THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT both gathered some terrific attention. Now, our July "He Said/She Said" cover poll is open for you to weigh in on the cover for ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux. Do you think ASYLUM looks like a boy book, girl book or both based on its cover? Click here to take the survey!

In Tom McNeal’s FAR FAR AWAY, Jeremy Johnson Johnson once admitted he's able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have treated him like an outsider since. But the truth is, Jeremy can hear voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, The Brothers Grimm. We featured our review of this fairy tale based YA in our last newsletter, but now we have an interview with Tom McNeal! Learn how he found his inspiration, what he loves most about fairy tales and what he’s working on next.

In March, we updated our Teen Ultimate Reading List and now, we’re now adding our last genre list to the six we already have up! Check out our new thriller and mystery list, Books to Read During the Day, With the Lights On, which we’ve added to our romance and relationship list, Books About Mothers, Sisters and Lovers…of YA, our series list, Books to Furiously Chain Read, our YA fiction list, Books that Keep it Real, our adult fiction and classics list, Books to Bring to a Coffee Shop, our science fiction and dystopian list, Books to Keep Your Eyes On While Big Brother Keeps An Eye On You, and our paranormal and fantasy list, Books That Give You Flight…Or Another Power. Phew! That’s a lot! And don’t hesitate to share these lists with your friends, teachers, librarians, media specialists and family; everyone deserves some help finding the exact book to fit their mood!

As one last hurrah, our first Teen Board put together two roundups of summer books for us. We were interested in seeing what sorts of books they were being assigned for required summer reading at school, but we also wanted to see what was on their very own fun summer reading list. So, we pulled together TWO summer reading lists: The Teen Board's Required Summer Reading and What the Teen Board is Reading for FUN This Summer. You never know what other schools assign or how much overlap there is between the two lists!

It’s HOT out there, isn’t it? Heading to the theater to take advantage of the air conditioning? Fortunately, there are a bunch of new movie adaptations out in July for you to enjoy. Johnny Depp fans have something new from their Jack Sparrow hero, as he portrays a Native American in The Lone Ranger and fans of those little blue creatures can get excited to see The Smurfs 2 at the end of the month. Make sure to visit our July Books on Screen feature for even more info on what books you can see on screen this month!

Plus, don't miss Adult Books You Want to Read, reviews that we've recently featured on our site for adults, Bookreporter.com, that we think you'll love, too. This month's addition is WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD by Susan Crandall. See if this spunky heroine reminds you of a classic title that many of you have read.

You may be spending some quality time with your family this summer. We’d like to remind you of our Kidsreads.com and 20SomethingReads.com websites, which you can share with your younger or old cousins, siblings or friends! Kidsreads.com gives great recommendations for books for kids younger than you all (think younger siblings or kids you may babysit!), and 20SomethingReads.com is great for those of you graduating high school and headed to college, as well as those in their twenties! We at The Book Report Network believe there's a book for everyone in the family!

While I am quite travel weary after this past weekend, I still have so an incredibly long list of YA to dig into thanks to all the fantastic reads coming out this month. I hope you’re able to de-stress and relax with one of the books you find with Teenreads.com! And I’d love to hear which books you love --- never hesitate to send me an email. :)

Happy reading!

--- Liz Kossnar (liz@bookreporter.com)
 
Now in Stores: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SCREAM by R. L. Stine

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SCREAM by R. L. Stine (Horror)
It was a horror movie that turned into real horror --- three young actors lost their lives while the camera rolled. Production stopped, and people claimed that the movie was cursed. Sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. In a desperate attempt to revive their failing studio, Claire's dad has green-lit a remake of Mayhem Manor ---and Claire and her friends are dying to be involved. When shooting starts, though, the set is plagued by a series of horrible accidents --- could history be repeating itself? Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.

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Now in Stores: THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau

THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau (Dystopian)
It’s graduation day for 16-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about --- hope for --- is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

- Click here to read more about the book.
 

Click here to read a review.

 
Special Feature: SINCE YOU ASKED... by Maurene Goo

SINCE YOU ASKED... by Maurene Goo (Fiction)
Fifteen-year-old Holly Kim is the copyeditor for her high school's newspaper. When she accidentally submits an article that rips everyone to shreds, she gets her own column and rants her way through the school year. Can she survive high school embarrassments, all while struggling to balance her family's traditional Korean values? Reviewed by Sally T., Teen Board member.

- Click here to read more about the book.
 

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Teenreads.com's Seventh Annual Beach Bag Giveaway With a Prize Package of 20 Books!
It's time to think about Summer Reading --- and we're not talking about the list of books you'll be receiving for Required Summer Reading from school. What we're talking about are the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf, and great reading. You supply the beach chair, and we'll provide the fantastic fiction in our Seventh Annual Teenreads.com Beach Bag of Books Feature.

You have until July 18th to enter to win the following 20 books in a beach bag with sunscreen and a beach towel!

- MY WOLF'S BANE by Veronica Blade
- JERSEY ANGEL by Beth Ann Bauman
- ABANDON, Book Three: AWAKEN by Meg Cabot
- THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith
- ICONS by Margaret Stohl
- TRUTH OR DARE by Jacqueline Green
- BOY NOBODY by Allen Zadoff
- RULES OF SUMMER by Joanna Philbin
- CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
- SNAP DECISION: MAYBE TONIGHT? by Bridie Clark
- CONFESSIONS OF A HATER by Caprice Crane
- THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
- QUARANTINE 2: The Saints by Lex Thomas
- INFINITYGLASS: An Hourglass Novel by Myra McEntire
- HOW I LOST YOU by Janet Gurtler
- ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA by Diana Peterfreund
- BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown
- THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas
- UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris
- MONUMENT 14: SKY ON FIRE by Emmy Laybourne
 
Click here to enter the contest.

 
"He Said/She Said" Feature: ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux
Stereotypically, girl books are pink, have a girl on the cover and FILLED with sickeningly sweet romance. Boy books, on the other hand, are darker, have blood dripping or something more creepy on the cover and there are NO girls to be found. But we all know this isn't true, right? There are books that boys AND girls love!!! Teenreads.com's “He Said/She Said” feature aims to highlight a book each month to discuss its guy and girl appeal. Each month, there will first be a cover survey to ask YOU what you think of the cover. After that, we'll reveal the results of the poll along with the reader responses from a Teen Board boy and a Teen Board girl --- but they never saw the cover, title or author's name!

In our July "He Said/She Said" feature, we're asking YOU if you think ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux looks like a boy book, a girl book or both based on its cover. By the next newsletter, we'll have the results of how you voted AND the early reader feedback from our two teens.

- Click here to visit our "He Said/She Said" feature for TANDEM by Anna Jarzab.

- Click here to visit our "He Said/She Said" feature for THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT by Emil Ostrovski.
Click here to take the He Said/She Said cover survey for ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux.

 
July's Books on Screen
If you can't stand the heat this July, head to your local movie theater to take advantage of the air conditioning and to check out these movie adaptations. New to theaters this month is The Lone Ranger, featuring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in a Western action adventure, and The Smurfs 2, with the voice of Neil Patrick Harris, among others, becoming those little blue characters you love. If you'd rather stay at home, The Host and Admission are coming out on DVD and BlueRay in July, too.

In Theaters:

The Lone Ranger
Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer
Director: Gore Verbinski
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: July 3rd (wide)
Based on: THE LONE RANGER by Fran Striker

Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice --- taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

The Smurfs 2
Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria
Director: Raja Gosnell
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
Release Date: July 31st (wide)
Based On: THE SMURFS by Peyo

The evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants --- and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs --- Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world's greatest sorcerer. It's up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexi and Hackus --- or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue?
 
Click here to visit July's Books on Screen feature.

 
Ultimate Reading List --- Our LATEST Genre List: Mysteries and Thrillers
One of our goals each month is to inspire you to read...and to keep reading. We have found that required reading lists for school --- especially summer reading lists --- are not exactly inspiring. Thus, we have created what we think is the Ultimate Teen Reading List: over 400 titles that we believe are perfect choices for reading and discussing. We've updated the feature with books that have released in the past year. They include a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, plus graphic novels and manga titles.

And now, we're introducing one more new genre list to add to the group! You asked for them, and we listened! Since our Ultimate Reading List is so long, we wanted to help you all find reads by genre to help you find the right book on our list for you!

- Click here to visit our mystery and thriller list, Books to Read During the Day, With the Light On

- Click here to visit our romance and family list, Books About Mothers, Sisters and Lovers…of YA

- Click here to visit our series list, Books to Furiously Chain Read

- Click here to visit our science fiction and dystopian list, Books to Keep Your Eyes on While Big Brother Keeps an Eye on You.

- Click here to visit our fantasy and paranormal list, Books That Give You Flight...Or Another Power.

- Click here to visit our YA fiction list, Books that Keep it Real

- Click here to visit our adult fiction and classics list, Books to Bring to a Coffee Shop.
Click here to see our updated Ultimate Reading List for teens.


 
Teen Board Summer Reading Roundups!
As one last hurrah, our first Teen Board put together two roundups of summer books for us. We were interested in seeing what sorts of books they were being assigned for required summer reading at school, but we also wanted to see what was on their very own fun summer reading list. So, we pulled together TWO summer reading lists: The Teen Board's Required Summer Reading and What the Teen Board is Reading for FUN This Summer. You never know what other schools assign or how much overlap there is between the two lists!

Next newsletter, we'll be all set to introduce you to our new Teen Board. Our new group of teens is enthusiastic about reading and writing about what they love in YA! You may recognize some members from our previous board, but there are plenty of new members that we are delighted to have with us. So keep an eye out for that announcement!
Click here to meet our January-June Teen Board.

 
Interview: Tom McNeal, Author of FAR FAR AWAY
In FAR FAR AWAY, a boy named Jeremy Johnson Johnson finds himself to be the outcast in a small town. Not only does he have double the same last name, he also claims to hear voices. But he can hear a voice --- the voice of Jacob Grimm, one half of the famous Brothers Grimm. With his help, Jeremy tries to save the family bookshop, survive an unsavory adventure and find his place in the world.

In this inteview, Tom McNeal shares his inspiration for this unique ghost story, what he likes most about fairy tales and what he's working on next!
 
Click here to read this interview.


 
From the Teenreads.com Blog
Here is a selection of blog posts we've recently run on Teenreads.com!

Emily Hoenig from The Book Report Network team continues to hilariously break down the classics she read in high school in "Real Talk," in her blog series, "Telling It How It Is: Classics Edition." In addition to her first post about THE GREAT GATSBY, LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding and GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens, you can now read synopses of FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Maggie Tokuda-Hall is the Children's Department Director for Books Inc., a group of independent bookstores in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this "Booksellering: It’s a Verb," she gives us the inside scoop on a term you may not have heard of before, but is super important for all book lovers.

Have you seen the movie adaptation of Judy Blume's TIGER EYES? Our intern Carla did and she began to reminisce about reading Judy Blume. This became her blog post, "Starry Eyes for TIGER EYES ."

- Click here to read Teen Board blog posts.
Click here to read our blog.

 
July's Cool & New Books
July's roundup of Cool & New Books includes R. L. Stine's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SCREAM, in which history may repeat itself when actors on set of the remake of the horror movie, Mayhem Manor, find themselves plagued by a series of horrible accidents; S. J. Kincaid's sequel to INSIGNIA, VORTEX, which follows Tom as he earns a spot on the Intrasolar Forces to be trained as a superhuman weapon but is asked to betray his friends for the sake of his country; and Abigail Haas' DANGEROUS GIRLS, where Anna and a group of her close friends are off to Aruba for their senior year Spring Break trip, but when her best friend is murdered, Anna discovers harsh revelations about her friendships.

Among the paperbacks releasing this month are Kasie West's THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, in which Caymen Meyers finds a boy who may convince her that being rich isn't a character flaw, but soon she realizes that money is much more a part of their relationship than she thought; TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY, by Hannah Jayne, in which Sawyer Dodd is a star athlete, straight-A student and the envy of every girl who wants to date Kevin Anderson, but after he dies in a tragic car crash, Sawyer finds a note in her locker that says: You're Welcome; and Maggie Stiefvater's THE RAVEN BOYS, which follows Gansey as he begins to attend the presitious Aglionby Academy for Boys and Blue, the daughter of a psychic, who finds a Aglionby boy who may change her mind about magic and maybe even love.
 
Click here to visit July's Cool & New Books feature.

 
Other Reviews
THE WALL by William Sutcliffe (Dystopian)
Joshua lives with his mother and step-father in Amarias, an isolated town, where all the houses are brand new. Amarias is surrounded by a high wall, guarded by soldiers, which can only be crossed through a heavily fortified checkpoint. Joshua has been taught that the Wall is the only thing keeping his people safe from a brutal and unforgiving enemy. Reviewed by Sarah Flamm.

RUSH: Book One of The Game by Eve Silver (Action & Adventure)
Seventeen-year-old Miki Jones's carefully controlled life spirals into chaos after she's run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby --- pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. Reviewed by Harman K., Teen Board member.

THE CIRCLE: The Engelsfors Trilogy, Book One by Sarah B. Elfsen and Mats Strandberg (Fantasy)
On a night after the apparent suicide of high school student Elias Malmgren, Minoo is drawn by an invisible force to an abandoned theme park on the outskirts of town along witih five of her classmates. A mystical being takes over Ida’s body and tells them they are fated to fight an ancient evil that is hunting them. Each girl discovers she has a unique magical ability. They are the Chosen Ones. Reviewed by Alonzo D., Teen Board member.

ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn (Horror)
On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished. The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn's haunting debut. Reviewed by Rebecca Kilberg.

THE WATCHER IN THE SHADOWS by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Mystery)
When 14-year-old Irene Sauvelle moves with her family to Cape House on the coast of Normandy, she's immediately taken by the beauty. There, she meets a local boy named Ishmael, and the two soon fall in love. But a dark mystery is about to unfold, involving a reclusive toymaker who lives in a gigantic mansion filled with mechanical beings and shadows of the past. Reviewed by Alice Dalrymple.

ZERO TOLERANCE by Claudia Mills (Fiction)
Seventh-grader Sierra Shepard has always been the perfect student, so when she sees that she accidentally brought her mother's lunch bag to school, including a paring knife, she immediately turns in the knife at the school office. Much to her surprise, her beloved principal places her in in-school suspension and sets a hearing for her expulsion, citing the school's ironclad no weapons policy. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.

HOW (NOT) TO FIND A BOYFRIEND by Allyson Valentine (Romance)
Sophomore Nora Fulbright is the most talented and popular new cheerleader on the Riverbend High cheer squad. Never mind that she used to be queen of the nerds --- a chess prodigy who answered every question first, aced every test and repelled friends at every turn --- because this year, Nora is determined to fully transition from social pupa to full blown butterfly. Reviewed by Ailiyah A., Teen Board member.

GOLDEN GIRL by Sarah Zettel (Historical Fiction)
Callie LeRoux has put her grimy, harrowing trip from the depths of the Dust Bowl behind her. Her life is a different kind of exciting now: she works at a major motion picture studio among powerful studio executives and stylish stars. Still nothing can distract her from her true goal. With help from her friend Jack and guidance from the great singer Paul Robeson, she will find her missing mother. Reviewed by Shelby H., Teen Board member.

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL by Soman Chainani (Fairy Tales)
With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil. The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are...? Reviewed by Ashley L., Teen Board member.

BOY NOBODY by Allen Zadoff (Thriller)
Boy Nobody shows up and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die --- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target. But when he's assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody. Reviewed by Ashley Tran.

ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey (Fantasy)
Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him --- until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam's fate is changed forever. Reviewed by Caroline Osborn.
 
Adult Books You Want to Read
Throughout the year, we feature books from Bookreporter.com, our site for adult readers, that we think will have appeal to teen audiences.

Here is our latest featured title:

WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD by Susan Crandall (Historical Fiction)
Susan Crandall’s latest novel takes place in the summer of 1963 and introduces readers to nine-year-old Starla Claudelle, who runs away from home to be with her mother in Nashville and is offered a ride by a black woman who is traveling with a white baby. As the two unlikely companions make their long and sometimes dangerous journey, Starla’s eyes are opened to the harsh realities of 1963 southern segregation. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.
 
This Month's Poll

Poll

Time to challenge yourself! How many books are you going to read this summer???

Five or less
6-10
11-15
16-20
21-30
31-40
More than 40

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