- Chuck Colson's radio commentary on the event, "Books to Say Yes To," is here.
- My blog post kicking off the event, and giving a schedule for the week, is here.
- A feature article on good YA novels from 2010, by Christian book blogger Sherry Early, is here. (One of the novels she recommends is Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr, who I know has posted here occasionally.)
Focus on YA fiction
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I liked Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork. It's about an autistic boy who has gone to an alternative school his whole life, but his father wants him to experience regular high school (the "real world") before he graduates. It's a good companion for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.
My friend Erin, who's a youth librarian, told me Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi is good. I think Sara Zarr likes it, too.
Is it safe to assume you already know about The Hunger Games books?
Posted 21 February 2011 - 12:09 PM
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Posted 21 February 2011 - 12:58 PM
See other examples:
Louisa May Alcott
Sir Walter Scott
Robert Louis Stevenson
Johann David Wyss
There are so many great ones out there, both interesting and exciting to read, that your kids are never going to read all of them. So why you would tell them to spend any time perusing the YA fiction bookshelves is beyond me. I'm going to exaggerate (lie?) to my kids and tell them "See those 'Young Adult' shelves over there? Those bookshelves were labeled and put there by people who think you are too stupid right now to read Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers or Sherlock Holmes."
On a final note, I can't think of better time to fall in love with reading Shakespeare than when you are classified the "YA Fiction" age-group.
Posted 21 February 2011 - 02:32 PM
I am right now reading, and really really enjoying, Lloyd Alexander's Time Cat. Alexander is one of the best YA authors I've read (a previous mention on A&F here). I gave my little sister Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series (The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight) for XMas, those are also excellent.
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Posted 21 February 2011 - 02:58 PM
In my ideal world, all teens would read classics all the time. However, as I've learned to my sorrow, we don't live in my ideal world. My feeling is that, as the YA designation is pretty much ubiquitous, we might as well try sorting out the gems from the muck. And there are some gems when you start looking for them.
Posted 30 August 2012 - 05:46 PM
3 - To Kill A Mockingbird - by Harper Lee
5 - The Hobbit - by J.R.R. Tolkien
6 - The Catcher in the Rye - by J.D. Salinger
7 - The Lord of the Rings - by J.R.R. Tokien
8 - Farenheit 451 - by Ray Bradbury
12 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - by Douglas Adams
18 - Lord of the Flies - by William Golding
33 - The Call of the Wild - by Jack London
51 - Treasure Island - by Robert Louis Stevenson
60 - Something Wicked This Way Comes - by Ray Bradbury
63 - A Ring of Endless Light - by Madeleine L'Engle
I should stop being surprised by the quality of these sorts of lists. But I can't help but be particularly surprised that the C.S. Lewis Narnia series didn't even make the top 100, and neither did Brian Jacques' Redwall series. Sounds like the voting was done from a collection of 235 finalists - among which Lewis and Jacques were also not included.
I suppose these lists are at least useful as cultural and educational measuring sticks.
Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:46 PM
Seeing some of your comments from a year and a half ago, I was surprised at how many books on the NPR list are actually adults books that could be considered good for teens.