Well-Read: 5 Great Books for “Young Adult” Readers
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Island’s End - Padma Venkkatraman
Uido, a young woman from the En-ge tribe, is ecstatic when she’s chosen by her Oko-jumu (spiritual guide) to succeed him as the future leader of her people. Along with making the decision to become an apprentice comes all of the trappings of modern society—jealousy from her older brother and from her best friend, mistrust. As in Padma’s previous novel, Climbing the Stairs, a strong female protagonist demonstrates courage and grace way beyond her years. At the center of this story Uido has a big choice to make when her brother falls ill and her only option is to cross over to the strangers’ island, which is forbidden by the tradition of her people. What would you do?
(Inside tip: Come to Padma’s book event at Books On The Square, Angell Street, Providence this Saturday, October 1st at 2pm)
Everything I Was - Corinne Demas
This is the first YA title by Demas, the author of one of my favorite novels, The Writing Circle. A professor of English at Mount Holyoke College, she has written in so many genres: memoir, poetry and short story
Tell It To Naomi - Daniel Ehrenhaft
What first struck one reader who commented on her love of Tell It To Naomi was that its author, Dan Ehrenhaft, wasn’t a girl! Dave Rosen is a high school sophomore and is full of the teen angst that the age would suggest. In a convoluted scheme concocted by his older sister to help along a romantic relationship with the girl of his dreams, Dave pretends to be a female advice columnist for his school newspaper. Dave’s sister is an unemployed journalist and pitches the column idea to Joel, the newspaper’s teacher advisor, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Joel loves the sample he is sent but refuses to believe that Dave wrote it and assumes that Naomi is the author. With hilarity all around, will Dave take Naomi’s own good advice?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Beloved by so many YA readers, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has the cult-like following of its YA predecessors, most notably J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. The story is narrated by a teenager who goes by the alias of
The Wonder of Charlie Anne - Kimberly Newton Fusco
RI author Kimberly Newton Fusco has received a Parents Choice Silver Medal and was placed on the 2011 American Library Association's Amelia Bloomer list of books that feature strong, powerful, capable, girls. She is also the author of Tending to Grace, which I read years ago and still think about. Fusco writes, “In my own writing, I am drawn to strong girls who face adversity and through their own determination, press on. In Tending to Grace, Cornelia must confront her stuttering and in The Wonder of Charlie Anne, Charlie Anne must confront her reading disability and the racism around her.”
She goes on to say, “When I was young, I loved books about strong girls. I loved how Harriet the Spy made sense of people and their absurdities by writing about them.” She says that when she heard Charlie Anne’s voice in her head for the first time, she was nearing the end of a first draft of another novel. She then scrapped that book because of the strength of Charlie Anne’s voice calling her a “spirited, tough little nut!”
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