One of the joys of having kids is introducing them to the delights of reading. All three of my offspring happily immerse themselves in a book for hours at a time (including after lights-out, using a flashlight!), and it warms my heart to see such devotion.
As they get olderâ€”my son is 13, and my daughters 12 and 10â€”I increasingly enjoy reading their books myself. Not because I have to, but because thereâ€™s so much quality fiction around for Young Adults. The question becomes one of whatâ€™s suitable for what age kids. Iâ€™m on the conservative side of that debate, so sometimes I hold on to books for my kids to read in a year or twoâ€™s time. Here are some that Iâ€™ve read or that are on my TBR pile.
Meg Cabot â€“ I loved How to Be Popular, what a great read! I now have The Princess Diaries on my TBR pile (yes, I know Iâ€™m miles behind the rest of the world on this, but better late than never). I also read an excerpt of Ms. Cabotâ€™s new book on her website a few months back, and that looked great.
Stephenie Meyer â€“ I read Twilight, again long after the rest of the world, and thought it was an amazingly written book. Vampire stories arenâ€™t my thing, and I feel itâ€™s too old for my 12-y-o, but hats off to Ms. Meyer for such a compelling story.
Sarah Dessen â€“ I read Lock & Key â€“ a very nice read about a troubled girl who has a happy ending. Iâ€™ll probably wait until my 12-y-o turns 13 before I pass it on to her. I have The Truth about Forever on my TBR pile.
Tina Ferraro (sp?) â€“ I gave my 12-y-o Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, and she loved it. I havenâ€™t read it yet myself, but I plan to do so. I have another Ferraro book (blue cover, I donâ€™t remember the title) stashed away for my daughterâ€™s Christmas stocking.
Alyson Noel â€“ I met Alyson as we both left a party at the San Francisco RWA conference. She seemed so nice that I went out and bought one of her books the next day, Kiss and Blog. My daughter really enjoyed it, but again, I havenâ€™t read it yet.
Maureen Johnson â€“ Girl at Sea. I bought this after it was highly recommended, but I havenâ€™t read it yet.
Michael Morpurgo â€“ what a great writer of fiction that appeals equally to boys and girls. You canâ€™t go wrong with his books â€“ try Kensukeâ€™s Kingdom, War Horse, Adolphus Tips, Alone on a Wide Wide Sea, etc, etc.
Jeff Kinney â€“ I recently bought Diary of Wimpy Kid (again, long after everyone else) and all the kids laughed their way through it (as did I). More middle grade than YA, but a lot of fun anyway.
Okay, those are my latest recommendations on the YA front. Anyone got any other ideas?
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