Ghost Story Contest Winners

We’re pleased to announce the Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest winners!

This year, young writers were challenged to tell us a ghost story in 300 words or less.

The winning entries were honored during the Young Readers League author event with Natalie Lloyd, author of The Key to Extraordinary, our 2017 selection.

The stories are published here on our blog for your reading enjoyment. They will also be published on Vroman’s Bookstore blog.

Thank you to all the participants! We received about 250 entries, eight times more than last year, so the judges definitely had to make some tough choices.

Special thanks to our judges:  from Vroman’s: Allison Hill; and from the Pasadena Public library: Shauna Redmond, Jean Penn, Leela Perea, Robin Reidy and Rosa Cesaretti.

The Young Readers League is sponsored by the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library.

To learn more about the Young Readers League, visit the webpage:


Category 1 (ages 8-11):

1st place — Lauren Sales:

2nd place — Maelee Rose Acosta:

3rd place — Sienna Ng:


Category 2 (ages 12-14):

1st place — Christopher Souza:

2nd place — Raela Jayasekara:

3rd place — Penelope Burian:


Jane Gov

Jane is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Central Library. She purchases YA books for the library system and maintains the teen booklist, online resources, and webpages. She oversees Teen & YA programs including Summer Reading, Advisory Board, Zine, book reviewers, Teen Mental Health Initiative, and volunteers. She also coordinates the library's Innovation Lab, STEAM Kits project, and Young Readers League. She also conducts a few kids events and storytimes. Jane is a contributor to VOYA Magazine and a YALSA Board member.  A majority of her free time is spent with her two corgis Tyrion and Gimli. She tweets as @missjanegov.

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