Books for Young Adults

If the children you know are an voracious as readers as the ones here, you are always looking for new & worthwhile books to keep them entertained (& we hope enlightened too!).

We recently found these recommendations from Christianity Today & wanted to share them with you.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson is science fiction & much more. It addresses issues of identify & who we really are. The characters are well realized & engaging & the story will raise questions worth discussion for older youth.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang is particularly moving for those of us who live on Kauai where so many races & ethnicities live together in harmony.

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick. Well, if we admit it, I think we all want to be a rock star at some point in our lives… but this book gets into much deeper issues than the title would suggest. It is a story of optimism in the face of adversity & is both funny & heartwarming.

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork. This book lives up to its rather fraught title, but in a good way. It deals with issues of life & death through the travails of the characters who have to make decisions that effect not just themselves, but others as well.

and finally a classic… something that we read when we were young & that we’re happy to see getting attention from todays young readers…

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. We loved this book when we were young & we know that just about any child will too. Discover or re-discover Meg Murry, Charles & all about tesseracts. A perfect summer read… & maybe not just for the kids.

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