Awwww, I’m so excited – so much to love about this. First up, Easter holidays ❤❤❤ – tell me we can’t all use a break in the spring sunshine right now? (Happy Easter, everyone!)
And – yey – one of our local schools has refurbed a library just as I’m trying to get my family back into more reading and a little bit less online fun (after a year of Zoom and Teams… we’re cross-eyed with the screen-time).
So anyway, I wondered what book/s to send in, and also to share with my own kids, and realised that my YA knowledge is, basically, Eleanor and Park (which I love) and The Hunger Games (which I haven’t read, because films). So I put a call out on Twitter and did a bit of digging online to try and bring up a list of fab YA reads.
Massive thanks to everyone who’s replied already – you are stars!
Here’s my list so far, and please, if you have any other great recs for kids aged 11-17y, fic or non-fic, then I’d love to hear from you in the comments here, or on Twitter 😊
This list is a fluid work in progress, and there are more in the tweets in the comments section…
(Green: batch 1, April 21, purple: batch 2, April 21, blue, May 2021.)
By author surname:
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Complete box set: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Boxset, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long and Thanks for all the Fish, Mostly Harmless
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
- The Hunger Games trilogy (3 titles, boxed set) by Suzanne Collins
- The Maze Runner series by James Dashner – mixed reviews this end – thoughts?
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver
- His Dark Materials (3 titles, one volume: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman
- Percy Jackson Series (5 titles: the Lightning Thief, the Last Olympian, the Titan’s Curse, the Sea of Monsters and the Battle of the Labyrinth) by Rick Riordan
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Dyslexia-friendly, Barrington Stoke)
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Dyslexia-friendly, Barrington Stoke)
- Rook by Anthony McGowan (Dyslexia-friendly, Barrington Stoke)
- The Greatest Show of All by Jane Eagland – retelling of Twelfth Night (Dyslexia-friendly, Barrington Stoke)
- Life On Air by David Attenborough
- Water Light Time by David Doubilet (Author, Photographer)
- The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
- Guinness World Records 2021
- Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
Happy reading! xx