Young Adult is for All Readers

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I found this newspaper article from  ilovelibraries.org about young adult books. I love the library and I’ll admit that I don’t scan the YA section as much as I should. I don’t like to put books into age groups, since many can be enjoyed by different ages. For example, Harry Potter mania has been read by both genders to grandparents to young children. Young adult books offer a wide range of topics, such as peer pressure, drugs, coming-of-age, relationship struggles, bullying, school conflicts, biographies, society issues, adventure, and so  many wonderful new life experiences. There has been debate that YA books may be graphic, bold, and too mature for readers. Well, life isn’t perfect and many individuals deal with these issues on a daily basis. Reading helps us understand how we fit into society. Books help us understand ourselves. Reading YA books as a parent or teacher can also help you understand those teens around you. So, next time you’re unsure about which book to read next stroll over to the Young Adult section. You may be pleasantly surprised about what you found. I promise to take a closer look too.

Selected Young Adult Books:

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne-Collins
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Looking for Alaska by John Green 
The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg   
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier 
The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner
Forever by Judy Blume 
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
 

What Young Adult books do you suggest?

 
American Library Association’s 2011 Best Young Adult Book List  

Amazon’s Essential Young Adult Books

 

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2 thoughts on “Young Adult is for All Readers

    thiskidreviewsbooks said:
    January 16, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I don’ read a lot of “Young Adult” because they are too adult and not so young. My parents get me a lot of classic books (Call of the Wild, Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) because they have a harder reading level but are pretty “clean”. How about the Cassidy Jones books? I think they are “young Adult” and they are GREAT!

      Caroline responded:
      January 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Well, many topics in young adult books are meant for an older age frame. That’s great that your parents get you so many interesting and classic books. I’ve been wanting to read “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. Very true, I think many YA books are an easy read and may not be appropriate for some readers. I’ll look into the Cassidy Jones books. Thanks for your comment.

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