Reading for Teens

I am about to enter my LAST semester of the MLS program. I’ll be taking the practicum (110 hours mainly after school and on Saturdays – please pray that I do not become more unglued than I already am), and the not so anticipated Young Adult materials course.

One thing I’ve discovered is that the Young Adult sections in the libraries round these parts are more than a bit skimpy. The required books for the course are:

  • Crank by Ellen Hopkins – Book of poetry about a girl who goes to visit her father and gets hooked on crank. All the pitfalls are amazingly graphic. The poetry was hard to get into, but once I did, it really flowed.
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn – Teenage retake on Beauty and the Beast. Pretty good.
  • What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles – Snotty girl disses guy who kills himself. Brother kidnaps her. Story is told from several points of view. Great twist at the end. Nicely done.
  • Deadline by Chris Crutcher – Boy gets medical death sentence and decides to live his last year to its fullest without telling anyone. Pretty good.
  • The Killer’s Cousin by Nancy Werlin – A young man goes to live with his aunt and uncle. Having killed another teen, he clearly has issues, but his cousin also has some serious issues.
  • Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block – This one was just weird. Short, but weird.
  • The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks – Two young men go off to find the story behind their sister’s murder. More psychological than I usually read.
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier – I liked this one. Stubborn boy refuses to participate in the annual chocolate sale at school. A sale that is run by what can only be called a gang of thugs. Boy stands his ground but pays a very big price.
  • Inexcusable by Chris Lynch – Date rape.
Still need to read the following. Hoping to have them done by the end of the week.
  • Forever by Judy Blume
  • Tyrell by Coe Booth
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Then I get to find and read six more for a book talk. woohoo


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