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Young Adult Books

Books written with young adults in mind confront issues that are of great importance to teens and their families. Coming of age, dating, fitting in, friendships, sex, drugs, self esteem, school, and relationships with parents and siblings are frequently addressed in young adult fiction. More than entertainment, these books can be a powerful learning and coping tool when a young reader connects with characters and what they are going through. The following sites provide more information about the best young adult reads.

  • TeenReads
    Offers extensive book, author and general information for teen readers in a snappy newsletter format. New books like "Stone Garden" by Molly Moynahan and "The Distance from Normandy" by Jonathan Hull are reviewed.

  • Amazon.com - Teen Books Page
    Lists and discusses some of the hottest new books for teens, including "Eragon" by Christopher Paolini.

  • Reading Rants: Out of the Ordinary Teen Book Lists
    Presents books with a twist, not your average best sellers. This site has put together quirky book lists such as Riot Grrrrl Reads, a list with strong female characters featuring "Deep" by Susanna Vance and "What My Mother Doesn't Know" by Sonya Sones.




  • Favorite Teenage Angst Books
    This site reviews books that really get to the heart of what teenagers are struggling with. Books are organized into categories such as Journeys, Mixed-Up Families, Sex & Love, Challenges, Pressures and Healing. Their reviewers loved "Chasing Redbird" by Sharon Creech, "Annie on My Mind" by Nancy Garden and "Tangerine" by Edward Bloor.

  • Vandergrift's List of "Female Coming of Age" Books
    This site is for the young adult female grappling with coming of age. These profound stories, such as Dorothy Allison's "Bastard Out of Carolina" and Sandra Cisneros' "The House on Mango Street," speak volumes to young women.


Libraries also dedicate sections of their Web sites to young adult readers. Many of them, such as the St. Charles Public Library and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, have developed up-to-date lists of the best books for teens. Great books like Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Mists of Avalon" and Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" frequently make these lists. The Salt Lake County Library System also features several lists. The Best Books for Teens is an extensive one with great annotations. The Outstanding Books for the College Bound profiles what books every college-bound and well-read student should have under their belt.

The American Library Association's extensive site includes a number of sections for teen readers. There is the ALA's BookList: ALA's Best Books for Young Adults and the ALA's - Young Adult Library Services Association which features a variety of lists, such as the 10 best books for young adults and popular paperbacks. The ALA encourages young adults to explore these lists and read books such as "Hero" by S.L. Rottman, "The Other Shepards" by Adele Griffin, and "Someone Like You" by Sarah Dessen.

Some authors of young adult fiction invite readers into their worlds via the Web. Popular authors like Judy Blume ("Are You There God? It's Me, Margarett"), Daniel Hayes ("Eye of the Beholder, The Trouble with Lemons"), Neal Schusterman ("Downsiders") and Julie Reece Deaver ("Chicago Blues, Say Goodnight, Gracie") share their thoughts and writings and open a dialogue with devoted readers.

 
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