Treat Yourself to a New Read – Especially for Teens

ALA book recommendationsTo quote Bram Stoker of Dracula fame: “I want you to believe…to believe in things that you cannot.”   I do believe that Nancy Fort, RFL staff member, in her second of a series of book reviews, has chosen some great titles with teens in mind.  “Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”

I admit it…I read Twilight. I couldn’t help myself. I devoured the Anne Rice vampire series many years ago and was eager to return to the land of the undead. This was not my first foray into the Young Adult (YA) section. I could not help picking up Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (how can anybody resist that title?) It is a great story with a unique viewpoint and the basis for a very good movie as well. I recommend it to lots of people and they often look at me as if I am joking. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson broke my heart as did Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein both tales about ordinary young people during extraordinary times. Wonder by R. J. Palacio and Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper were each recommended to me by elementary school students. Both books focus on children who deal with physical limitations but remind you that there is more to a person than what you see.