My favourite bookseller visited the library last week and I bought a large number of children’s and young adult books. From the huge pile of books purchased, these are the ones I’ve chosen to read first. (This is the first time I have seen my bookseller since last year, so some of these books are newer than others ).
The future of us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. I’ve started with this one and am half way through. Set in 1996, the plot is based on a clever premise: when a couple of teenagers install AOL on a new home computer, they somehow stumble upon their future Facebook pages. The only problem is Facebook, indeed any type of social networking, has not yet been invented. As they ponder a strange world where people display both intimate and mundane details about their lives for the world to see, they also realise that they are in control of their futures.
Pure by Julianna Baggott. The hottest thing in YA fiction at the moment. The first in a trilogy, this is a post-apocalyptic novel which is said to be utterly disturbing but impossible to put down. I can’t wait. The film rights have already been sold.
Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. This is described as ‘subterranean fiction’, and the series has been a huge success overseas. Tunnels is the first book and the fifth was released at the end of 2011. The sixth book will be the final instalment. The movies rights have been snapped up by Hollywood.
VIII by H.M.Castor. Described as “Wolf Hall for the teen market”, this is the story of a young man named Hal who would be become Henry VIII.
The fault in our stars by John Green. Green is the author of the hugely successful Looking for Alaska. This YA novel deals with cancer and is said to be irreverent, raw and profoundly moving.
Diary of a soccer star and Diary of a Cricket God by Shamini Flint. I’ve had a quick look at these and whilst the publisher may be cashing in on the popularity of the Wimpy Kid franchise, my Year 7’s will still enjoy these books. Definitely for upper primary and Year 7. May tempt reluctant readers.
Dark Lord: the Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson . A book about a misplaced thirteen year old with a dark secret – he thinks he is a Dark Lord trapped in the drudgery of earthly existence. Said to be hilarious – I am really looking forward to this one.