Some of the best new young adult fiction is piled on my desk. Here are some highlights - check these out!
Sometimes true stories are more interesting than anything an author could invent. One example of this is the new book by Katherine Paterson, Stories of My Life. Ms. Paterson is a writer I’ve recommended for years. She has received many awards, and each one is richly deserved. Her life has gone from being the child of missionary parents in China, interrupted by the Second World War, to being a missionary in Japan by herself. Her writing is not preachy or didactic, but her faith infuses her books. I am inspired by what she says about faith and writing:
“Self-consciously Christian (or Jewish or Muslim) writing will be sectarian and tend to propaganda and therefore have very little to say to persons outside that particular faith community. The challenge for those of us who care about our faith and about a hurting world is to tell stories which will carry the words of grace and hope in their bones and sinews and not wear them like fancy dress.” (From Ms. Paterson’s website, www.terebithia.com)
James Patterson continues his “Confessions” series with Confessions: The Paris Mysteries. This series centers on a wealthy family whose parents have been murdered. The only suspects are the four orphaned children. The other books in the series are Confessions of a Murder Suspect and Confessions: The Private School Murders.
Sara Shepard has begun a new series, The Perfectionists. We meet four girls who are all driven to be perfect, no matter what. When their common enemy turns up dead, they have a mystery to solve because they are definitely murder suspects. Reviews compare this book to Ms. Shepard’s “Pretty Little Liars” series, which has been hugely popular.
The third book in the “BZRK” series, BZRK Apocalpyse, has just come out. Michael Grant wrote the very popular “Gone” series, but “BZRK” is something else. Like other popular series, the story is about a group of teenagers facing impossible odds to survive, fighting against mind control both in the real world and in the nano world. Reviews are very positive for this somewhat dark series.
Blackbird begins a new series by Anna Carey. Her heroine wakes up on subway tracks with no idea of who she is, what she is doing there, or why someone wants to kill her. Much of the book is written in the second person,an unusual choice of point of view. Reviews are mixed for this one.
These are all found in the Young Adult section, but many adult readers enjoy young adult novels. Stop by the library and check out a book! (Pun intended.)