Teen books that are so good....

adults should read them!

“This is how I show my students that I love them - by putting books in their hands, by noticing what they are about, and finding books that tell them, "I know. I know. I know how it is. I know who you are, and even though we may never speak of it, read this book, and know that I understand you.”
Donalyn Miller "The book Whisperer : awakening the inner reader in every child"


"Of all the young adult genres — the Dystopian Hellscape, the ­Human-Monster Romance, the Elite School-or-Camp for Nonmortals — the most popular right now may be the quietest: Aspiring John Green. GreenLit, as I like to call it, consists of realistic stories told by a funny, self-aware teenage narrator. These novels tend to have sharp dialogue, defective authority figures, occasional boozing, unrequited crushes and one or more heartbreaking twists.

Green, the 35-year-old winner of the Michael L. Printz Award (the Newbery of young adult lit), may not have invented this genre (I seem to remember a guy named Salinger), but he’s its reigning emperor. His brilliant novels “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Looking for Alaska” cannot be pried off the best-seller list. He has an online cult topping a million.

Andrew Smith’s latest book, “Winger,” is firmly in GreenLit territory. And while Smith is not going to dethrone Green, this should secure him a seat at the round table. “Winger” is a bit more cartoonish than Green’s novels — both figuratively and literally — but it’s smart, poignant and entertaining."

Source: A.J. Jacobs in the NY Times May 10 2013

Winger by Andrew Smith [Print]

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.

Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.

Library comment "Thoroughly contemporary, but thoroughly wonderful with an emotional kick that will leave the reader stunned".

Kingdom of little wounds by Susann Cokal [Print & eBook]

Challenging, provocative and beautifully written...
A young seamstress and a royal nursemaid find themselves at the center of an epic power struggle in this stunning young-adult debut. On the eve of Princess Sophia's wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches: brocade and satin and jewels, feasts of sugar fruit and sweet spiced wine. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne's heirs, and a courtier's wolfish hunger for the king's favors sets a devious plot in motion. Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem—and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined with that of mad Queen Isabel. As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power-lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.

Library comment "A beautifully written fairytale with layers of intrigue that need to be peeled away... Not for the faint hearted - Philippa Gregory this isn't!".

A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Starred reviews from School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and the Horn Book.

More than this by Patrick Ness [eBook]

A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he is here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighbourhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust and completely abandoned. What's going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this...

Comment from Thomas Moffat (Junior School) "This book just gets bigger as you read it..."

Every day by David Levithan [Print & eBook]

A brilliant and unexpected love story from YA superstar David Levithan that asks can love conquer all?

Every day a different body.

Every day a different life.

Every day in love with the same girl.

Every morning, A wakes in a different person's body, a different person's life. There's never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

And then A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because A has found someone he wants to be with - day in, day out, day after day.

Can you love someone who is destined to change each day?

David Levithan brings all his trademark insight to a novel that is edgy, romantic and page-turning. Every Day has a touch of the paranormal and a grounding in the real world.

Library comment: "Thought provoking - you will be thinking about this romantic story long after you finish the last page"

A monster calls by Patrick Ness [Print & eBook]

An extraordinary and moving novel about coming to terms with loss.

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming... This monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Costa and Galaxy Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. This internationally best-selling novel is an extraordinarily moving tale of love, loss and hope, from a multi-award-winning writer.

Winner of both the Carnegie and Greenaway Awards in 2012.

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