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Hi Teenreaders!

As it's the end of October, we have a small guess as to what’s on your mind: Halloween! I realize this holiday is awesome for many reasons --- it’s an excuse to eat ridiculous amounts of candy (I used to trade anything for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups), attend parties where you get to do semi-absurd things like bob for apples and “mummify” friends with toilet paper, and, of course, dress up in costumes.

This last one was always my favorite, despite my infinitely active sweet tooth. Growing up, I trick-or-treated as a beloved literary character (there’s a photo of me in costume above in the middle…see if you recognize her!), as well as Paul McCartney from the Beatles, complete with a cardboard guitar and a boombox; a box of Junior Mints and Homer Simpson, among others. I’ve more recently graduated to a bottle of ketchup, a zombie Miss America and Lisa Frank (the school supply queen from the '90s)…clearly, you can never get too old for Halloween.

Hi Teenreaders!

Alfred Nobel was a pretty amazing guy. Not only was he a brilliant chemist who invented dynamite (!), but when he died in 1896, he bequeathed his entire fortune to establishing the Nobel Prize (a picture of the medal is above), which awards five individuals who have “conferred the greatest benefit on mankind” every year.

On Thursday, The Nobel Peace Prize was co-awarded to Malala Yousafzay for her "struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education." To learn more about this amazing young woman, be sure to pick up her memoir I AM MALALA, which Teenreads intern and reviewer Rebecca Czochor called "incredible" and a book that would "inspire some activism after the final pages."