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Saturday, October 17, 2009


Teen Read Week

by LuAnn Schindler

October 18 - 24 marks Teen Read Week. As a former junior and high school teacher, I've read my share of YA literature. And truthfully, I often find YA literature more compelling than contemporary fiction.

Good YA literature places rich characters in realistic situations. The dialogue is strong, and most importantly, sounds like teens. It's not contrived. Neither are the plots.

If you haven't read a YA novel lately, check one out. You'll be pleasantly surprised!

Some of my favorites include Thirteen Reasons Why, Language of the Goldfish, Spanking Shakespeare, Wanted!, and Make Lemonade.

What are your favorite YA novels?

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Anonymous Fleur Bradley said...

I love Acceleration by Graham McNamee, I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak, and Rat Life by Tedd Arnold, just to name a few.

I'm slightly biased, since I write YA :-) I'll have to add yours to my to-read pile!

8:01 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

I haven't read those. I will check them out. :)

I also like Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging - it's like Bridget Jones for the adolescent set.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Madeline said...

I also liked THIRTEEN REASONS WHY. Also, THE HUNGER GAMES and CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins, and THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak.

I recently finished reading IF I STAY by Gayle Forman and absolutely LOVED it!

8:03 AM  

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