Sometimes, you want a book recommendation from someone besides an adult. You want to hear it from an actual kid–one in the trenches who is reading all of this stuff, and can give you an honest thumbs up or thumbs down, or even a few comments so you can judge whether your own kid will like a book. For this reason, I ventured into my daughter’s room to check out her reading pile and asked her to tell me a bit about each book.
Her reading pile looks like this (you should see the rest of her room!):
Note that the book on the bottom of the pile is one I recommended long ago but keeps getting set aside. I just know that Freak the Mighty is one of those books that she will love once she finally tries it. Actually, she has read all of the books piled on top of it. A male friend recommended The Kill Order to her and they both loved it, so we can put that one on the list of crowd pleasers for both teen boys and girls. It’s the prequel to The Maze Runner series, and my daughter liked it even better than the other books. Interesting.
The Outsiders is also peeking out of the pile. Yeah, I made her read my old copy when she was starving for a book. She “really liked it” but didn’t “love it.” Ahem. I guess we don’t have to see eye to eye on everything.
Monument 14 is a new dystopian novel with a very interesting premise. Six kids are trapped in a superstore during a kind of end-of-the-world apocalypse. Sort of reads like Lord of the Flies in a Target – she says it is her favorite that she has read in months.
Where Things Comes Back is another one I put in the pile. I loved this book, and it won so many awards last year. She liked it, and I think appreciated it for the quality book that it is. She said she’d recommend to “girl good readers.”
Yesterday. Now we are talking. She loved this dystopian thriller by C.K. Kelly Martin and would recommend it boys and girls.
Finally, she just bought the Ann Aguirre’s new novel, Outpost, and in her excitement to read it, is rereading the first book in the series, Enclave. This should occupy her for about a week, if I’m lucky. To all of the YA lovers out there, let me know in the comments section what books I should add to the top of the pile!