From the heroine of a retelling of The Tempest to a typically awkward seventh grader, the protagonists of these coming-of-age novels all face the trials and tribulations of the coming-of-age process.
Sarah Hill looks back on the column to see just how many of the Alex Award winners were covered in AB4T and spotlights four can’t-miss nonfiction titles.
It’s been an emotional time for many, and these rich reads, with their deep explorations of the psyche, are bound to resonate with teens.
With Halloween right around the corner, Sarah Hill compiles a list of compelling titles that are grim and gritty, covering everything from an out-of-control infectious disease, a no-holds-barred look at the science of war, and the return of Typhoid Mary.
You’ll find something to entice your teen readers, whether they can’t tear themselves away from coverage of the Olympics are jonesing for an immersive historical read.
Teens will appreciate this genre- and format-spanning assortment of tales about love gone wrong; included are Daniel Clowes’s romantic time-traveling adventure, a thriller about Mata Hari, and Rebecca Traister’s astute feminism perspective on marriage and relationships.
From a novel about a former cult member forced to face her dark past to a coming-of-age tale brimming with monsters and mayhem, the titles highlighted this month are exhilarating, nail-biting thrillers: perfect for teens looking for some edgy beach reading.
Leave the real world behind, and enter the realm of fantasy with some adult titles brimming with teen appeal, including Ian Pears’s Arcadia, a fascinating example of metafiction (with an app tie-in); Samantha Hunt’s Mr. Splitfoot, a thought-provoking and lyrical work about two former members of a religious cult; and Charlie Anders’s All the Birds in the Sky, a well-crafted work of fantasy with elements of quirky romance.