Tango: It’s mine!
Bear: No, it’s mine!
Tango: Give me that, Bear! You’re too young for this toy. It’ll warp you mind. Besides, the tag says not for dogs under 2 years of age.
Bear: That makes me 14 human years. A teenager.
Tango: I hadn’t considered that.
Bear: Well, I’m a young adult now.
So. What books should you share with your teenagers? Let me help you out here. I will be reading ten Young Adult award-winning books every three weeks. That’s my goal. It’s part of my vegetarian diet. Off to the library, I go, seeking stories that I can curl up with and finish in one or two sittings by the fire. Cup of hot cider. A cocoa with a swirl of whipped cream. I need a chance to be a kid from time to time (actually most of the time); and, this is my time to do it.
In short, I’ll be offering my own reviews. On my blog, I’ll call it, Sandy’s Shelves.
As an author, I’m always looking to see what is brilliant, surprising, touching and meaningful out there. So here goes a few suggestions of books that kids will enjoy if they are in middle or high school.
Many readers of Young Adult fiction are adults. Feel free to enjoy my suggestions without guilt– moms and dads, grandmas and pa’s.
Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen – A delightful Roy, age 12, takes you on an unusual and worthwhile adventure. Fun to read with bouncy dialogue for the middle schooler and up. Many of this author’s wacky environmentally themed romps are set in South Florida where development never seems to end and animal habitats are shrinking. Colorful characters brings lots of humor throughout. Owls rule, nobody drools.
Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech – This YA read features one of the most heartbreakingly truthful characters since Holden Caufield. This protagonist is female. The relationship with her country grandparents is memorable, endearingly sweet, and funny. What did I get from this novel? That sometimes very young people have to deal with real life and death issues as they search for understanding; healing doesn’t happen on a set schedule–it takes whatever time it takes.
For more books close to my heart, tune in to my blog.