Great Young Adult Books!

5 12 2010

I have recently had a lot of people ask me what are some good young adult books that would be great for gifts? So, I compiled the list below(there are SO MANY MORE I could add, these were just a few that stood out off the top of my head). I hope this helps- for some it may be new titles that you have learned about, for others it may be a reminder of good books you have read or put on your to read list and forgotten about, and still others may have found a book that they think would be great for their classroom, a specific student, or for a gift. Here is my book list gift to you- enjoy! 🙂

Books that boys and girls will enjoy:

Must Read:

The Hunger Games series (Catching Fire, Mockingjay) by Suzanne Collins

If you liked Hunger Games, try:

The Maze Runner (2nd book in series: Scorch Trials) by James Dashner

The next hottest young adult books:

I Am Number Four (movie coming out in February on this book)by Lore ( Sci-fi There are only 9 surviving children left  and aliens destroying the surviving kids in numerical order. The first three are dead and John’s number four- this is a page-turner!!)

Matched by Condie (n a dystopian society, people don’t have to choose anything- everything is predetermined. The main character finds out her best friend is her match for her to marry. Then she sees flashing on the screen a different boy’s face. Thus Cassia sets on a dangerous path to figure out the truth. She rebels against her predetermined life.

Virals by Reichs (Tory, who is a strong girl character) finds a set of military ID tags linked to a missing-persons case. A group of science geeks try to figure out the case and The are exposed to a disease, leaving them with heightened senses that flare when they’re in danger. They get plenty of opportunities to exercise their powers of intense sight, smell, and hearing in this suspenseful story.

Good Reads:

Leviathan (2nd book in series: Behemoth) by Scott Westerfield (fantasy adventure- getting rave reviews!)

Theodore Boone; Kid Lawyer by John Grisham (mystery)

The Maximum Ride series (7 books in series- newest is Fang) by Patterson ( Science fiction thriller, adventure)A group of genetically enhanced kids who can fly and have other unique talents are on the run from part-human, part-wolf predators called Erasers in this exciting thriller

Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Sonnenblick (realistic fiction- a high school boy who is into music finds out his younger brother is ill. He has to deal with his brother’s illness, the stress on the family and his own life. A funny, sad overall great story!)

Thirteen reasons Why by Asher (realistic fiction about the effects of all types of bullying)

Sleeping Freshman Never Lie- David Lubar

Books Boys will Dig!

Sports books:

Gym Candy by Deuker (deals with issues of high school boys, football and using steroids)

Night Hoops by Deuker (basketball book)

Stuck in Neutral (Companion book- Cruise Control) by Trueman (The main character has cerebral palsey and doesn’t have any control of his muscles

Hothouse by Lynch (two high school boys who are friends have to cope with the tragic deaths of their firefighter fathers. This is a realistic exploration of the relationships between fathers and sons.

I.Q. Series:  Independent Hall (2nd book- The White House) by Roland Smith

The Maximum Ride series (7 books in series- newest is Fang) by Patterson ( Science fiction thriller, adventure)A group of genetically enhanced kids who can fly and have other unique talents are on the run from part-human, part-wolf predators called Erasers in this exciting thriller

Fear by R.L. Stine (collection of short stories- really good for reluctant readers)

Great Reads for Girls:

If you liked Twilight, try Shiver (2nd book, Linger) by Steifvater

Speak by Anderson (powerful story about a young girl and her courage to speak up)

Thirteen reasons Why by Asher (realistic fiction about the effects of all types of bullying)

Graceling (2nd book- Fire) by Cashore (Fantasy, love story and adventure, strong girl main character)

City of Bones ( City of Ahses, Clockwork Angels) by Clare

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Pearson (futuristic science fiction)- a girl wakes up from a coma and wonders what happened to                          her. This is the realization of how she survived a year long coma and her trying to remember who she is and memories                      of her past.

Sarah Dessen books- about various teen girl issues

Before I Die by Downham (a girl finds out she is sick and going to die, so she makes a list of what she wants to do before she dies with her good friend)

If I Stay- Forman (a girl and her really cool family are in a car accident. Everyone dies except the girl. She has to decide if she wants to stay on earth or be with her family. Second book coming out in the spring- great read!)

Breathless- Warman (a girl is sent to boarding school to protect her from her mentally ill brother. She is a swimmer and it tells about her adventures in boarding school)

The Chosen One by Williams (a girl who is a strong character and wants to stand up for herself lives in an extremely strict  polygamist society is forced to marry her old uncle. She loves to visit the bookmobile and read books that are forbidden in her community. She has to make a big decision to face the violence of staying the community or run away from her family forever).

Fear by R.L. Stine (collection of short stories – really good for reluctant readers)

Burn, Crank, Glass, Fallout by Hopkins (mature books about the harsh realities of teens  getting involved in real life issues such as drugs etc.. Written in prose form- teens who read them love them!)


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