The Teen Zone

Here are some great books we’ve got in our Young Adult section that adult readers might also enjoy.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In the near-future, the United States is a dystopia where, each year,  young representatives from different districts are chosen by lottery to compete in The Hunger Games–and literally fight to eliminate the other participants.  Dark, compelling, and full of action, sci-fi and action fans won’t want to miss this.

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson
Historical fiction fans might really like this brilliantly researched, complex, and moving story about a young slave who recounts in 18th century style his boyhood in Revolution-era Boston, where he is owned by the College of Lucidity–a group that, he learns, is using him as an experiment.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
This beautifully rendered graphic novel is the story of a girl growing up during the Islamic Revolution.  Satrapi captures her girlhood, changing views and the changing times of her country in this  grim yet ultimately hopeful memoir.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Death himself narrates this tale set in WWII-era Germany, about a girl named Liesel doing her best to live a normal life in completely abnormal circumstances.  Beautifully constructed with a real literary style, this is an incredibly moving book.

Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable
Ursula K. LeGuin and/or Marion Zimmer Bradley fans might find a lot to like in this well-constructed fantasy tale.  It tells the story of Calwyn, a novice priestess who must join the fight against an evil sorcerer determined to become Singer of All Songs, and thus ruler of their land.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins
This book is a stark, grim look at how meth addiction takes over a young woman’s life.  What sets it apart is that it is told in verse, a choice that works to avoid sensationalism.  Instead, we’re offered a glimpse into a world of teen problems that is stark, not preachy or perfect, but has, perhaps, a glimmer of hope.

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Adults who read and enjoyed novels like The 19th Wife might want to check this one out, a moving and heroic story about a young girl trying to escape the polygamist cult in which she’s been raised.  It’s at turns horrifying, liberating, and moving.

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