What are some good young adult/teen books (not Sci-Fi or fantasy)?
Anything by G.K. Chesterton, and you might like the collections of essays by C.S. Lewis (non-fiction/fantasy, very good, like: The Abolition of Man).
The Little House on the Prairie and other books in the series.
Anything by G.A. Henty (Civil War era fiction)
To Kill a Mockingbird
Lord of the Flies
Sr. Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" series
Levi's Will (one of my favorites)
And most anything by Roal Dahl (the man behind Willie Wonka, not quite fantasy, just great reading!...unless you read "The Witches" of course...)
a book called The silver sword also I am David, both I remember as very moving stories , not sure who wrote them , they were set in wartime . Also Ann Franks diaries.
My son loved this book so much he read it 3 or 4 times: White Clam, it is a book about the early times of Settlement in the Puget Sound, he was taken captive by an indian tribe and became their slave. His adventure and eventual escape is a wonderful story.
For slightly more morbid stories I'd definitely recommend Robert Cormier...though the content of his stories makes them for about mid-teens, much younger would either end up with nightmares or not grasp what he's trying to say. Margaret Peterson Haddix's Shadow Child books are great as well, and Cynthia Voigt's books are great. For girls, Megan McCafferty's books are also pretty engaging, even for a tomboy like me . Here are some of my reviews on these books (please forgive the rough writing on some of them, I wrote them when I was a teenager myself):
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I have a few other reviews of Haddix's books, and several others scattered in there that are geared toward pre-teen to teenage readers...just be sure to look in the group that's just "Book Reviews" since my "Children's Book Reviews" are all for the single-digit set.
SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson. This book is about a young girl going into high school. Over the summer she and her friends attend an older high school party and one of them is assaulted. It's about how she deals with the solitude of being outcasted due to the decisions she makes to keep that assault quiet.
This may be a tad fantasy based, but I love it and the style.
House of Night (series); by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast.
I only have 7 of 8 books as the latest one isn't out yet, and I can not wait!
Its about a teenager - zoey redbird - that has been 'marked' to become a vampire and has to attend a school to learn the ways of them, otherwise she'll die! and there's plenty of love interests for her, mystery, bullying, magic, legends/myths, and friendship.
Its a good read..no, great read!
Daddy Long Legs - this is an all time classic. Also, The Little White Horse.
One of the best books I have read in a while that was not Sci-Fi or Fantasy had to be 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
Here is the novel's site:
It is about a boy who receives a mysterious package. It contains tapes that were recorded by a girl in his class who recently committed suicide. He finds out that there are 13 reasons why, and the only people that these tapes were to be sent to were the 13 that the girl listed.
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