Teen Books Adults Should Read
There are amazing teen books being written. The successes of Harry Potter and Twilight have lured some adults into the teen section of the library but more of you should visit! See what you’re missing. Books for teens deal with a lot of the same issues as books for adults: relationships, functional and otherwise, romance, and self-esteem.The come in all genre flavors such as romance, science fiction, mystery, thriller, and fantasy. Pick up one of these books and find out what you’ve been missing!
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From Stacy at the Amelia Branch Library:
- Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
- The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman. You may think you know this story. There’s a young queen, about to be married. There are some good, brave, hardy dwarfs; a castle, shrouded in thorns; and a princess, cursed by a witch, so rumor has it, to sleep forever. But no one is waiting for a noble prince to appear on his trusty steed here. This fairy tale is spun with a thread of dark magic, which twists and turns and glints and shines. A queen might just prove herself a hero, if a princess needs rescuing.
From Meghann at the Bethel Branch Library:
- Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.
- Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.
- Dorothy Must Die by D.M. Paige. Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy who has found a way to come back to Oz, seizing a power that has gone to her head — so now no one is safe!
From Margaret at the Union Township Branch Library:
- The Giver by Lois Lowry. Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
- Holes by Louis Sachar. As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse of a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
From Laura in the Marketing Department:
- Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers. Handmaidens trained as assassin-courtesans, political intrigue in an alternate 15th century – what more could you want?