Snow White & the Huntsman is a well-written, fast-paced read. It's the retelling of Snow White and an excellent young adult book. Snow White has been imprisoned in her castle since Ravenna killed her father on their wedding night. Snow White has no idea that Ravenna is draining young beautiful girls of their life to remain young.
Every year, from January 1st through March 1st, Mid-Continent Public Library holds a reading challenge for all staff members. The goal is to read as many young adult and juvenile books as you can, but participation is totally voluntary. All that is required is to keep a written list of titles read and the number of pages in each book.
I loved watching martial arts movies as kid growing up, which is probably one reason why I have read several YA books based in Japan with a martial arts theme. This story is about an American teen as an exchange student to Japan, who is having a hard time fitting in because of the language barrier and cultural differences. He's just an exchange student going to school in a different country; he doesn't set out to learn martial arts or to be a samurai. He is accidentally killed trying to protect someone during a ritual and then brought back to life/possesse
In a recent discovery while trolling the Internet, I came across a great blog run by a group of avid teen readers. A couple of the young adults started craving for books after first reading Twilight, which as most people know is filled with vampires, werewolves, and a forbidden love story. They have compiled a nice list of book reviews that you can check out here.
Young Adult Fiction for the Vampirically-Challenged
Hey, all you moms and dads out there! Are you tired of all the edgy young adult fiction? Try leaving vampires, zombies, and the apocalypse behind, and check out these realistic reads for young adults -- just in time to get your teen geared up for Summer Reading Program!
One of the coolest things about being a YA lit fanatic is how amazingly easy it is to communicate with and see all your favorite authors. I mean, really, how many adult authors would respond personally to your comment on their blog, friend you on Facebook after you posted about their book, mention your name in a video on their YouTube channel, and tell embarrassing stories about their own teen years while you are standing right next to them? Not many, that's for sure. But YA authors love being connected to their readers as much as possible.
The 2013 Summer Reading Program has come to an end, and it has been a great success. This year, just like every year, I have had numerous parents come up and ask me for suggestions for a good book for their son. Finding a book for a boy can be difficult because there is a stereotype being passed around that boys don’t like to read. As a result of this false generalization, books in the Juvenile and Young Adult sections seem to be geared increasingly towards girls.