Stuff for the Teen Age
Reading Recommendations From the Kingsbridge Library's Teen Advisory Group
Lucia is a fan of Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm. In this story, an 11-year-old girl named Turtle is sent to Key West, Florida to live with her aunt and cousins. And while she's there, she finds a long-lost treasure map. This is a funny and dramatic story that takes place during the mid 1930s.
Solen recommends Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney. Greg Heffley has always been in a rush to get older. The thing is that he doesn't know if growing up is all it's cracked up to be. He suddenly begins to have to deal with the pressure of parties, more chores, and all sorts of crazy changes. Without Rowley, his "ex best friend" by his side he has to do everything by himself and he doesn't think he will make it through on his own. If not, then he will probably have to face a little something called the "ugly truth." This book is a New York Times best-selling series and even Whoopi Goldberg said on The View, "If your kids like to read and especially if they don't like to read, this is the book for them."
Amaury recommends Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper. This is a realistic fiction book about how a boy's life is changed because he was drunk driving. This book is recommended for all readers because it has stuff that other teens may go through.
Lucia also recommends Nuts by Kacy Cook. This book is about an 11-year-old girl who finds two baby squirrels in her back yard. She and her brothers decide to take care of the squirrels at home, instead of taking them to a wildlife rehabilitator. This is a good book because it makes you think about what you would do if you were in the same situation.
Galit is a fan of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan [starting with The Lightning Thief]. Percy Jackson is a boy who has a unique power. He can control water. Percy's father is the Greek god Poseidon and Percy goes through numerous adventures, fulfilling prophesies and meeting friends. This is an amazing story that teaches lessons about friendship, love, and life.
Solen enjoyed Imaginalis by L.M. DeMatteis. Mehera Beatrice Crosby is shocked to find out that her most favorite author has cancelled the last book in her favorite series. The series is called Imaginalis. A few days after hearing the shocking news, Mehera gets these messages from someone who calls himself Unsys. Unsys is really one of Mehera's favorite characters in Imaginalis. He is part elephant and part human and his real name is Uncle Nossyss. Then she sees what she thinks is a video of Uncle Nossyss and then realizes that they are able to talk to each other. That's when Mehera's adventure begins. I think that if you just read the first two or three chapters you will love this book. When I read it I didn't want to have to stop and put it away. It's so interesting and I am pretty sure that anyone who reads Imaginalis will love this book as much as I do.
Galit recommends the four books in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares. In the book The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, four best friends part for the first summer ever. Each book talks about different adventures taken by these four friends and a pair of magical pants that fit all of them and keep them together. These are good books for young teenagers, and I believe that many kids will be able to connect to and enjoy these books.
Solen suggests that you try The Odyssey: A Graphic Novel by Gareth Hinds [adapted from the original story by Homer]. Fresh from his triumph in the Trojan War, Odysseus, king of Ithaca, wants nothing more than to return to his family. Instead, he offends the sea god Poseidon, who dooms him to long years of shipwrecks and wandering. In his efforts to get home, Odysseus must battle man-eating monsters and other horrifying creatures. This is a great book to read and I am sure that other people will also like this book. This is also a great way for younger kids to read and understand the classic tale of The Odyssey.