Reading is a magical act that can take us away from our everyday lives, transporting us to far-off lands and different times. There are many current books that will appeal to young readers through their dynamic characters, fascinating settings and gripping plots.
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan: The author of the Percy Jackson books has started a new series, continuing his tradition of updating Greek mythology for today’s audience of young readers. Riordan is keeping a lid on the plot details but has said that this book will begin a five-part series and will feature characters from the Percy Jackson series as well as new characters. It will focus on their adventures at Camp Half-Blood, a training ground for demi-gods. This book is ideally suited for readers 10 and older.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick: This book combines storytelling with Selznick’s beautiful artwork to tell a story that will captivate readers aged nine to twelve. The book tells the story of Hugo Cabret, an orphan who is dedicated to his late father’s trade, clock-making. The boy is taken in and then abandoned by his drunken uncle. He becomes obsessed with the idea of fixing an automaton that he had been shown by his father, and in his quest for answers, he begins to believe that the automaton holds the key.
The Fault in our Stars by John Greene: John Greene’s poignant novel, The Fault in our Stars, tells the story of Hazel and Augustus. They are teenagers with terminal cancer who meet at a kids-with-cancer support group. They are kindred spirits and are immediately drawn to each other. As they fall in love, they attempt to answer some very serious questions about love, life and death. This book is best suited to readers 14 and older.
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler: Min has broken up with Ed. She gives him a box and a letter. Inside the box are tokens of their relationship: ticket stubs, books, a pair of earrings and other items. The letter explains the items and the significance they had on their relationship. This touching novel tells the tale of first love and the heartache it so often leaves behind. Readers 15 and older will enjoy this book.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: Before I Fall tells the story of Samantha Kingston, a teenage girl who seems to have it all—until she dies. Sam is given a chance to understand her death and cherish her last moments as she relives her final day seven times. Sam is given something that so many people desire: redemption and clarity. She begins to see the world through new eyes and lives first with reckless abandon and then with fearless bravery. This book will best suit an audience 14 and older.
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