unRequired Reading

Our unRequired Reading Blog features the latest picks for teens selected by library staff and volunteers.
08/28/2009 - 5:37pm

Here are some suggestions to try…

 

 

Remembering Raquel by Vivian Vandevelde.

Various people recall aspects of the life of Raquel Falcone, an unpopular, overweight freshman at Quail Run High School, including classmates, her parents, and the driver who struck and killed her as she was walking home from an animated film festival.

 

Cures for Heartbreak by Margo Rabb.

08/28/2009 - 5:38pm

Because you liked Forever in Blue: the Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood, you may also enjoy these books:

TTYL - by Lauren Myracle.
Chronicles, in "instant message" format, the day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela, as they begin tenth grade. This book also has a sequel, TTFN.

08/28/2009 - 5:39pm

The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu is part of a series (The Chronus Chronicles) so you may be interested in book 2, The Siren Song, if you haven’t already read it. Since you mentioned liking historical fiction and since The Shadow Thieves (and Percy Jackson) have mythology, I’ve included some books below that have both of these and also a couple with a little fantasy/magic. Here are some other books that I hope you will like:

 

08/28/2009 - 5:41pm

You were looking for historical fiction, for teens but also possibly for adults. Since Angels Watching Over Me is also a Christian fiction title, I included a few YA books in that category as well.

Historical fiction:

12/06/2010 - 5:04pm

It depends on what elements of sociology and psychology and what ages/grades you are interested in. However, here are some that you
might find useful for teens of various ages (both Giles and Hautman tend to write psychological fiction for teens). I hope these help--

 

Invisible by Pete Hautman (mental illness).

Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends--one a loner obsessed by his model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and

theater--who grew up together and share a bond that nothing can sever.

 

08/28/2009 - 5:43pm

Here are three titles I hope you might enjoy.

Lily Dale: Awakening by Wendy Corsi Staub.
When seventeen-year-old Calla's mother suddenly dies, she goes to stay with her psychic grandmother in Lily Dale, a spiritualist community in western New York, where she discovers some disconcerting secrets about her practical, down-to-earth mother, and realizes that she herself may also have some psychic abilities.