Reading Room Blog
Here are a few titles of YA Fiction books that have to do
with music, and some have suspense, too.
Midnight Hour Encores by Bruce Brooks.
A sixteen-year-old cellist and musical prodigy travels cross-country
with her father, a product of the 1960s, to meet her mother, who
abandoned her as a baby.
Here are a few titles from the YA Fiction collection that
also deal with child abuse and its impact on the victims.
The Beggars' Ride by Theresa Nelson.
Twelve-year-old Clare flees an unhappy home life and tries to survive on he streets of Atlantic City with a small gang of homeless kids, each of whom as his own secret reason for distrusting society.
In the future, it really helps us find the best books for you if you
provide your age and the reason why you like a certain book. That way
we can customize our response just for you. Here are some other books
that I hope you will like:
The Kingdom Keepers (Disney After Dark) by Ridley Pearson.
Hawksong is also part of a series called Kiesha'ra by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. The other
Here are some other titles you might enjoy:
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.
Here are some other fantasies that I hope you will like:
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke.
Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the
younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they
have found shelter with--and protection from--Venice's "Thief Lord."
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud.
Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and
instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful
magician Simon Lovelace.
Here are three books I hope you might enjoy as well.
Dogboy by Christopher Russell.
In 1346, twelve-year-old Brind, an orphaned kennel boy raised with hunting dogs at an English manor, accompanies his master, along with half of the manor's prized mastiffs, to France, where he must fend for himself when both his master and the dogs are lost at the decisive battle of Crécy.
Here are several titles I hope you might enjoy.
Court Duel by Sherwood Smith. (Sequel to Crown Duel)
Brought to court by a mysterious letter, teenage Countess Meliara finds
herself the subject of all sorts of courtly intrigues and attentions,
including those of the deposed king's sister and an ardent, secret
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE
As we all know, getting older isn't hard to do. Time continues on. In this poem, Deborah Warren of Massachusetts asks us to think about the life lived between our past and present selves, as indicated in the marginal comments of an old book. There's something beautiful about books allowing us to talk to who we once were, and this poem captures this beauty.
I have included both young adult and adult Christian/inspirational romance
books - a few contemporary and a few historical.
Until Tomorrow (Christy and Todd book 1) - by Robin Jones Gunn.
"Christy and Todd are joined by their best buddy, Katie, as they traipse
around Europe for three weeks. Traveling from the fjords of Norway to
the canals of Venice, their relationships are tested when their varying
Christy by Catherine Marshall.
Here are three
other titles I hope you might enjoy.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Melinda Sordino's inner voice provides sardonic commentary on her high
school experience, while her real self remains mute about a painful
incident that has made her an outcast.