This week the clever Jillian has asked us to give our favourite YA books. I am afraid some of mine are a bit juvenile, but I have included them because rules were meant to be bent!
A Wrinkle in Time series, but I need say no more, since I notice it on several lists.
Twilight. Yes, I know all the criticism leveled at them, and I do agree to a point. But there is no denying the pull, the absolute NECESSITY of reading them if you are a young woman or spend time with young women. Hey, if a juggernaut rolls by I am going to jump on!
I started reading them after confiscating four books in one day from my high school students. These were only books the girls were actually reading during my class time, you know, while I was trying to teach them something else. Can you imagine how many girls were reading outside of my lessons? Stephanie Myers has done a great thing for girls, in my opinion, by getting them to read, discuss books and express their opinions (Edward or Jacob?) (Hate the books or love them?) (Fave in the series?).
The Black Stallion. I was never a horse-y girl, but I did love horse books. Walter Farley's characters, both human and equine, captured me and I wanted to live on a deserted island and race horses. I must see the movie some day.
Le Petit Prince is a book I read in French at university. I just loved the simple story that left so much to the reader to work out. Reading it made me feel intellectual, and I loved the little drawings. The idea of little planets and little princes is so enchanting.
Have you ever read The 21 Balloons? Oh, my! Diamond mines, balloon carousels, adventures, secret islands, daring escapes, fantastic homes, volcanoes and amazing food, riches, and celebrity. This book by William Pene du Bois has everything.