Books are a uniquely portable magic - Stephen King
|Image: Boat with 'book ideas for teens, world book day 2019'|
Whilst every day is a book day, world book day is only once a year. This year it falls on the 7th March and many young children this week have been going to school dressed as their favourite book characters.
What about when they get older though? Finding books for teenagers can be hard whether they are devouring piles of books at home or whether you are stocking up for a long passage. They are at the stage where children's books are too young but a lot of adult books contain themes that may not be suitable.
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YA or young adult fiction has helped a lot when it comes to finding books but recommendations are still often the way to find some of the best stuff. I asked our boys what I should include and their suggestions were: Mortal engines by Phillip Reeve (a dystopian novel set in the future), A series of unfortunate events, anything by Antony Horowitz or Michael Murpurgo (especially Kensukes kingdom for young sailors), War of the worlds and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
They also recommend Terry Pratchett. The Tiffany Aching series was written with young adults in mind but any of his novels are suitable. Nation is one of my favourites. As well as being entertaining they all carry some thoughtful themes and obscure references. Some may enjoy the long earth series too.
I would also add Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Harry Potter and Swallows and Amazons. They are also good ones for reading out loud if you want to share a book. For those who like a bit of intrigue, cosy crime (or cozy mysteries across in America) are who-dunnits but without the gore, terror and other themes that can be a bit strong for many teenagers. Agatha Christie is one of the masters of this genre, and still one of my favourite authors. She lived in Devon and based many of her books on the area including the bit of coast shown in the photo below. Also check out more recent books including independent ones like Ellen Jacobson's Murder at the marina.
|Image: Looking down to sandy beach in Agatha Christie country|
Reading is not confined to novels. How about a biography/autobiography - Ellen MacArthur, I am Malala, Robin Knox-Johnson, Dermot O'Leary, Clare Balding, One summers grace and many more. Don't forget graphic novels (an art form in itself) and non-fiction books too. Does anything eat wasps? and 101 other questions, Attention all shipping, Jambuster: The story of the Womens Institute in the Second World War just for starters. Or how about a flash fiction anthology for those who like variety - Adverbially challenged or Voyaging with pets maybe?
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And finally, for rough passages, talking books are brilliant for a bit of distraction without having to move too much from wherever you have wedged yourself.
Whatever and wherever you read, enjoy the magic.
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Blogging with integrity: For complete transparency, I was an advance reader for Murder at the marina and have stories in both Adverbially challenged and Voyaging with pets. I don't get any money from their sales.
If you liked this you can follow the link to our Other book day blogs here. Other years we have looked at books for younger children, books for travellers and dreamers and useful books for planners and fixers.