I do read some adult books , and I just recently read The Last Song. I loved this story. The main character is 17 year-old, Veronica Miller’s. She is a character with a lot of teen angst when we first meet her. Her life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, until her mother sends her to spend the summer with him. There we see the true Veronica and the powerful relationship she has with her father. I LOVED this story, and cried at the end. There is a movie coming out on this book and I heard that the main character, Veronica, will be played by Miley Cyrus.
Tessa is dying of cancer. She knows she doesn’t have much time left so she makes a list of the things she wants to do before she dies. I love the relationship of her best friend as she helps her complete her list before her life ends. I loved how fearless (obviously) Tessa was. It made me think about my life list, and what would I do if I know I only had a certain amount of time left. This has won many awards including:
“A “Publishers Weekly “Best Children’s Book of the Year
A “Booklist “Editors’ Choice
A Book Sense Children’s Pick
A “Kirkus Reviews “Editors’ Choice
A “Publishers Weekly “Flying Start Author
An ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults”
A 17 year old girl, Mia gets into a car accident with her family. In a single moment, “everything” changes. She can only recall riding along the road with her family. Then,she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck… I fell in love with Mia and loved her stories that she told throughout. This was a powerful book, as I read I continually wondered if she would decide to stay on earth.
I have heard that this is supposed to be a movie- would definitely be a good one (reminds me a little of Lovely Bones).
A teen boy, nicknamed Spud takes the reader on a journey of his first year at boarding school. The story is full of boys getting into mischief and trying to survive boarding school. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. I felt like it took me a while to get through it, and I was waiting for all the events to lead up to something more climactic. Overall I think that many young adults will laugh with the adventures that the boys partake in, but it isn’t a great, or must read!
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson
This is the young adult version of Swanson’s bestselling Manhunt, this is a story of Lincoln’s assassination and the 12-day search for his killer. As President Lincoln delivers his victory speech in April 1865, an enraged John Wilkes Booth vows death: “Now, by God, I’ll put him through.” The dialogue is supposedly from original sources, adding a chill to the already disturbing conspiracy that Swanson unfolds in detail as Booth persuades friends and sympathizers to join his plot and later, to give him shelter. I can tell that this is definitely the abbreviated version of Manhunt- there is so much more that I wanted to know. This is good for young adults who want a taste of what happened to Booth. This is also a fresh book that students can use for historical fiction reports. This is a book that the teens who are interested in history will devour. The book has some great pictures in it.
Shooting Stars by Lebron James and Buzz Bissinger
I read this book, because I am an LBJ fan and I live close to Akron. I LOVED reading about local places that James explains throughout his book. My student’s who I have talked to about this book, also love that he is OUR local star! There are several books out there about LeBron James, but I find the best way to get a grasp on someone is to hear what they have to say. Shooting Stars is the book you want if you’re looking to see what the NBA phenom experienced firsthand, and it’s his first book as an author (Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights, is on board as well).This is an easy, breezy read. He describes his childhood, his school days, and his basketball life before reaching the NBA. There isn’t any fluff – just what happened and how he got through high school. I blew through this book and you will too, especially with any basketball interest. I think many students who are interested in Lebron and his crew from high school will enjoy reading about how he came to the NBA. If you are interested in basketball at all- you will love the movie, More Than a Game- I read the book first ( you have to, right!) then went to the movie, and didn’t want it to end!!
I just finished this, and I couldn’t put it down. I am recommending this book to many teens and adults who love a good young adult read. So much to discuss!!
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade–a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers (the other kids there) don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. Every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up–the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
This is part of a trilogy… so I have a feeling this will be a popular book among teens!
Rat Life by Tedd Arnold
Todd is a likable main character and the book will draw teens in with its thrilling climax. Readers will sympathize with Todd, a creative, sensitive boy who likes writing (bonus for language arts teacher!:) ). He helps his parents run a motel in upstate New York and dreams of becoming a writer. When he crosses paths with Rat, a moody young Vietnam veteran, he gets a job at the drive-in theater where Rat works, and finds himself fascinated by the young man, who is compelling but possibly dangerous. Todd begins to wonder if his new friend might have something to do with the unidentified body pulled out of the river. The mystery builds quietly as other elements take precedence, including Todd’s encounter with an abandoned puppy and the subsequent rabies shots he must endure, his resentment over chores at the motel, his struggles to write a story for English class, and his grandmother’s deteriorating mental condition. The river floods and both Todd and Rat are caught up in the disaster, and the truth about the mystery comes out at last.
This is a little slow to start, but it is a short story and will appeal to students, especially boys who like mystery. This is the winner of the Edgar Award for Young Adult Literature in 2008.
Side Effects by Koss.
I read this book in a few hours- I really loved getting to know the main character, Izzy and wanted to see how things would turn out with her. The book is about Izzy, a high school student who finds out she has cancer. What I loved about this book was that the main character was so witty, true to life and sarcastic throughout the book. The book portrays the pain, fear, and unlikely comedy of Izzy’s journey, told in her own powerful and authentic voice. Although this is about a tough topic, I beleive students will fall in love with Izzy and enjoy experiencing her ride with cancer.
Marcelo In The Real World by Fransico Stork
This is a young adult book about a boy, Marcello, who has a form of autism. He has always attended a school for his special needs.Marcelo’s father does not like to believe that his son is different that other kids. He forces his son to work at his law firm for the summer. I have fallen in love with Marcello as a character! I want to meet him for lunch someday and really talk to him. The author takes the reader inside the mind of a person with a form of autism and shows that although autistic people may act different than everyone else, many times they are wise beyond his years! Through his summer work, Marcelo learned to stand up for what he believes is right no matter the consequences. I enjoyed reading this book, but feel that not many students will. It is a book that I don’t think will capture student’s attention.
For the concerned teacher: It does use the F word a few times.
These are some of my top Teen reads:
Popular books that many have read (also ones to suggest):
If you liked Twilight try
The House of Night series -the first book in the series is Marked by P.C. Cast and Kritsin Cast
If you liked The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants try
Three Willows The sisterhood grows by Ann Brashares
If you liked Speak try
Wintergirls by Laurie Anderson
If you liked Hoot try
Scat by Hiaasen
If you liked Stargirl try
Schooled by Korman
If you liked the Private Series try
The It Girl series by Abbott
The Clique Series by Harrison
The A-List series by Dean
If you liked Among the Hidden try..
Found by Haddix
Sent by Haddix
If you liked Stormbreaker by Horwitz try
Maximum Ride by Paterson
Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
If you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney try
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Choldenk
Lawn Boy by Paulsen
Surviving the Applewhites by Tolan
Books Young adults MUST READ!- going to be a big one this year!!
Hunger Games by Sizanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Books for Everyone
Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by Lubar
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Sonnenblick
Notes from a Midnight Driver by Sonnenblick
Zen and the Art of Faking it by Sonnenblick
Juvie 3- Korman
Tears of a Tiger- Draper ( has 2 other Companion Books)
Jack’s Run by Roland ( 2nd book- Zach’s Lie)
Flipped by Van Draanen
Stand Tall by Bauer
Tears of a Tiger- Draper
Son of the Mob – Gordon Korman
Hidden Talents – David Lubar
Monster – Walter Dean Meyers
Stuck in Neutral – Terry Trueman
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.
Science Fiction/ Answering the What if:
Life as We Knew It by Pfeffer
Elsewhere by Zevin
Uglies- Scott Westerfiled
The Giver by Lowry
Bar Code Tattoo-by Weyn
True Stories/ based on true events:
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
Child Called It- by Pelzer
Chinese Cinderella Adeline Yen Mah
3 Cups of Tea Young Adult Version by Greg Mortenson
Sold by Patricia McCormick
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
Down the Rabbit Hole- Abrams (mystery/ adventure)
Peak by Rowland Smith (adventure)
Adventure- Gary Paulsen books
Chasing Vermeer by Balliett ( mystery)
Jade Green- by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Book that appeal to girls:
Define Normal- Julie Ann Peters
The True Meaning of Cleavage- Fresericks
My Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things- by Carolyn Mackler
First Part Last by Angela Johnson
Heaven- Angela Johnson
Romiette and Julio by Draper
Perfect by Friend
Freak by Pixley
My Sister’s Keeper by Picoult ( Adult book)
Sarah Dessen books are popular
Cut by Patricia Mccormick
Unraveling by Michelle Baldini and Lynn Biederman
Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian
Dairy Queen by Murdock
What My Mother Doesn’t Know- Sones
Intense page turner:
Acceleration by McNamee
(intense, but for mature readers)
Burn by Hopkins
Crank by Hopkins
Identical by Hopkins
Glass by Hopkins
Slam! By Myers
Tangerine, by Edward Bloor (soccer)
Long Shot By Mike Lupoca (basketball)
Hot Hand By Mike Lupoca ( basketball)
Safe at Home By Mike Lupoca (baseball)
Two-Minute Drill By Mike Lupoca (football)
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Chodenko
Ann Rinaldi books
Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle
Chains by Anderson
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper