Today I’m taking part in a blog blitz organised by Kelly at YAnnabe. Kelly has been researching librarything to find YA books that LT users have rated really highly, but that not many people own, then asking people who own them to champion them.
I was only too happy to oblige, as I feel that the very best YA books deserve to have an adult readership also. Often the differences between a YA and an adult novel are very small – the main characters are usually younger YAs themselves, and obviously bad language and sex are toned down, but everything else that makes a great novel is still there – plot, setting, characterisation, and beautiful writing …
The Death Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean who is one of the UK’s mostly highly regarded children’s authors, having written many books for all ages, including the official Peter Pan sequel Peter Pan in Scarlet.
This, her latest novel is for young adults, and it’s superb. Imagine your aunt had prophesied that you would die at the age of fourteen, and worse still that everyone believed her. That’s what happened to Pepper Roux and he wasn’t going to let it stop him having a life.
Read my full review here.
Readers of this blog will also know my fondness for his fictional biography of Arthur Ransome’s years in Russia Blood Red Snow White.
He’s coming to a school’s event in Abingdon next month, and I’ll be helping! – Looking forward to that hugely.
The book has an absolutely fantastic website here – there is a filmed trailer for the book too – I think it gives a little too much away, but the whole site is great.
Read my review here. I hope she writes more.
The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner. Sally is an author and illustrator who has been working her way up the age range. The Red Necklace is her second YA novel, and it’s set during the French Revolution. Full of adventure, wonderful characters, and her magical touch it is a fabulous novel. Read my review here.
I must read its sequel The Silver Blade too. I saw Sally speak at an event last year and she was fascinating to listen too – she’s severely dyslexic and had huge problems at school as a teenager, but never let that stop her!
With the exception of the last novel, less than 65 LT members own any of the other titles mentioned above. I loved reading all of them, and recommend them all to you if you fancy reading YA. If you stop by YAnnebe’s blog you can link to all other bloggers taking part today – I’m sure you’ll find a YA book to tickle your fancy!