Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Young Adult Books Are Great!

I have been reading a lot of Young Adult/Teen fiction lately.  I especially like listening to them on audio.  My absolute favorites are the A Long Way from Chicago series by Richard Peck, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld.  They are great stories with great readers and are thoroughly enjoyable.  So try a teen/YA book on audio or in print--you won't be disappointed.

Try some of the following:

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins--the international phenomenon about children fighting for freedom and their lives. Followed by Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini--a 15-year-old farm boy discovers his destiny as a dragon rider. Followed by Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J. K. Rowling--first in the series about a boy wizard. Read by the wonderful Jim Dale.
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud--first in the series following the antics of Bartimaeus the djinni read with sarcastic perfection by Simon Jones.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld--a World War I steampunk adventure read by the multi-talented Alan Cumming.  Followed by Behemoth and Goliath.
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix--first in the series.  What would happen if it was illegal to have more than two children but you did anyway?
Blood Red Road by Moira Young--futuristic adventure with a tough-as-nails young heroine.
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi--a future where nothing is "real" and if you venture outside--you die.
Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen--not on audio--what if Robin Hood's best buddy Will was a girl?
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck--the hilarious adventures of feisty Grandma Dowdel in Depression era rural Illinois.  Followed by A Year Down Yonder, and A Season of Gifts.

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