Young Adult Fiction For the Vampirically-Challenged
August 15, 2013
Do you ever get tired of edgy teen fiction? Try leaving vampires, zombies, and the apocalypse behind, and check out these realistic reads for young adults.
The Girl is Murder by Kathyrn Haines
It is 1942 and Iris Anderson is trying her hand at detecting. She decides to help out her pop with his struggling detective agency after he loses his leg in the war. Iris is a more mature version of the iconic Nancy Drew, and this is the first in a series.
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Hattie Brooks is sixteen when she heads to a Montana homestead she inherits from her late uncle. Hattie has less than one year to improve upon her uncle's claim or lose it. She encounters harsh circumstances, lifelong friendships, and the true meaning of home. Also, look for the sequel, Hattie Ever After.
Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas
Thirteen-year-old Rennie Stroud's small Colorado town changes forever when the U.S. government opens a Japanese internment camp there during World War II. The murder of a young girl makes the townspeople even more suspicious of these strangers.
Shelter by Harlan Coben
Mickey Bolitar has had a tough year. He witnessed his father's death, sent his mother to rehab, moved in with his uncle, and switched high schools. Stumbling upon a conspiracy does not make anything easier in this fast-paced read! This is the first in a series and the first YA book from this bestselling author.
Boot Camp by Todd Strasser
In the middle of the night, Garrett is ripped out of his home and sent to a boot camp for troubled teens. He is subjected to physical and mental abuse, but fighting back is useless. He plans an escape with unimaginable consequences... but it could be his only hope.
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
After the death of his grandfather, sixteen-year-old Grady Cole is the last of a long line of ranchers. With no reason to stay in Texas, he and his friend, Lacy Rawlins, ride into Mexico looking for adventure and meet up with young sharpshooter, Jimmy Blevins. The three young men face tense encounters with corrupt officials, outlaws, and harsh weather, all while forming unbreakable bonds. The wonderful storytelling in this novel, the first in the Border Trilogy, won McCarthy The National Book Award.