Monday, 21 July 2014

COOL READS FOR OLDER TEENS...

We take a look at what's cool and awesome in the book world for older teens… 

Jo Nadin says:
I write books. A lot of books. Which is another way of saying I spend most of the day dreaming about being other people in other places and then putting that down on paper. I do a lot of dreaming, but my latest book has elements of nightmares in it too: it's a thriller for older readers called EDEN. When her cousin Bea dies in a house fire in London, Evie returns to her childhood home of EDEN, on an estuary in Cornwall, desperate to make up for mistakes in the past. But she's not the only one seeking redemption. Bea's boyfriend Penn washes up on the river too, and Evie finds herself falling for this dark and possibly dangerous stranger. It's a book of twists, turns and surprises; about finding out who you are, who you want to be, and who you can get away with being…

Cathy says:
I've read EDEN, and loved it - beautifully written and totally addictive, it will keep you guessing right until the end...

Hilary Freeman says:
I've written six books for teens/ young adults, and am currently working on the seventh. When I'm not writing books, you'll find me still hunched over my laptop writing articles for newspapers and magazines; and, being an agony aunt, giving advice to young people! My other jobs have included being a leg model and a very bad cleaner. My books are about the kind of issues that teenagers face every day. Friendship and romance feature strongly, but self-harm, internet identity, shoplifting, problem parents and celebrity have all featured. THE BOY FROM FRANCE is the third in my Camden Town series, about a group of friends who all live on the same street in Camden Town. THE BOY FROM FRANCE is Vix's story, and it's vaguely my story too, as my boyfriend is from France and has recently moved over to live with me in Camden Town! When Vix's classmates find that their visiting French exchange students will include boys, everyone is very excited; everyone that is, except Vix, who has a sick mother to cope with and has no time for boys. But her student does turn out to be a boy, and what's more, he's gorgeous and charming. But is he for real? How long can it last? And will Vix's secrets and lies destroy the relationship?

Cathy says:
I'd have loved this story as a teen… I never went on a school exchange, but always dreamed of it! THE BOY FROM FRANCE sounds like a perfect summer read!

Do YOU have any must-read suggestions for older teens? COMMENT BELOW to share your views!

4 comments:

  1. Um, I have one suggestion, but you have probably heard it before.
    Maybe The Hunger Games? They are a trilogy of brilliant books, and they are not just for people who love sci fi.

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  2. I would recommend the Pure trilogy, by Julianna Baggott, as it is a rich and gripping tale, about a world that is ravaged by bombs that have fused people to items. It's very complicated, so I won't go into the detail, but believe me, it's a lot better than it sounds. It is definitely for older readers though, due to some upsetting and adult scenes. (Not to put you off though!) Also, the Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison are the hilarious diaries of a teenager learning to cope with life. A good and light-hearted read. The Eragon series by Christopher Paoulini are incredible, fantastically written, and the world he has created is very believable, due to the wonderful descriptions. Again, I'm not sure these would be suitable for younger readers, not so much for the content, although there is the occasional scene, but more for the fact that the books are extremely large, and written in small font. The language used in the books might not be easy for younger people to read, as it is complicated, but if not now, then I would definitely recommend reading this series at some point in your life; you would be missing out on a great piece of literature if you didn't!

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  3. I would recommend the GONE series by Michael Grant... I don't know what it is about these books, but once you read them they will be a part of you forever. I even learned the basics of helicopter flying... Be prepared to laugh and cry (and I'm a pretty cold-hearted reader, but I was a wreck after LIGHT) and become a true FAYZian from these amazing books...

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    1. It was sooooooo sad when Gaia.. you know ... killed the Breeze. I couldn't stop crying then! :( saddest death ever.

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