Teen Books for (gasp!) Adults

7.22.14   Did you know that it’s perfectly acceptable to read teen books EVEN IF YOU AREN’T A TEEN? It’s true! There are such amazing authors who just happen to write for teens that you shouldn’t miss out even if you aren’t a teen anymore (and haven’t been for awhile). Give one of the following books a try and see what you’ve been missing:

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi    In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart     Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.

Sabriel by Garth Nix    Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell      Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein   In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak   Ed Kennedy is a nineteen-year-old cab driver who doesn't think much of his life. He inadvertently helps stop a bank robbery, and that is when his life starts to change. He begins to receive mysterious messages that instruct him to go to addresses where people need help. Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission?

 

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