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  Great Fiction for Young Adult Readers It's back to school time, which means students may be asked to select books to read independentlyduring the school year. It also means that increasing literacy is a number one goal of school districtsand families before high stakes tests. With that in mind, it is important to get teenagers readingbooks appropriate to their age level. Regardless of the reason your teen needs a book, there aresome tried-and-true genres that young adult readers love to read about.Dystopian WorldsThere is a reason why The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins is so wildly popular. Studentslove reading about dystopian worlds, or societies in which the government is completely unjust andthings that happen to the characters in the novel are wildly unfair. This could be because they lovethe idea of rebellion against an unjust authority figure, or just because the action that usually takesplace in these novels is non-stop. Either way, dystopian literature grabs teenagers' attention anddoesn't let go. Some other titles to consider in this genre are Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Anthem by Ayn Rand, A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, Unwind by Neal Shusterman, andThe Giver by Lois Lowry.RomanceDid your teen fawn over Twilight? Did she read that entire brick of a book in one night? This couldbe because she loves the idea of vampires, but it is more likely because it is a compelling romance.Romance the hunger games mockingjay online novels for teens are a the hunger games mockingjay online huge hit because so many of them are just trying out their first romances and they want toknow how it's done. Plus, many of these couples in young adult romance novels face situations that just aren't fair and that keep them apart unnecessarily, and young adult readers tend to reallyrespond to those themes. If your student devours romance novels, some titles to consider are thePerfect Chemistry books by Simone Elkeles, Forget You by Jennifer Echols, and The Truth aboutForever by Sarah Dessen.Science Fiction/FantasyIf your teenager grew up with Harry Potter, there's a good chance, he or she is mourning the end of the series as well as the final movie that came out this year. Rather than read the whole series again,there are some great science fiction and fantasy novels out there that will have your students takenaway to a new world in no time. The best thing about science fiction and fantasy novels is that theyusually come in series of multiple books, so it is really easy for your child to pick up the next book inthe series when he or she is done with the first. Some books in this genre include The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, Ender's Game by OrsonScott Card, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, and Graceling by Kristin Cashore.  MemoirsWhile not fiction, memoirs can provide the same character development and plot intrigue for youngadults as fiction stories can with the added benefit of being totally true. Teenagers love a true storybecause they can know for sure that it actually happened at one point in time. Memoirs are truestories that read like fiction, rather than like a dry biography. Some great memoirs that grabstudents' attention are A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer, Trouble In My Head: A Young Girl's Fightwith Depression by Mathilde Monaque, Freedom Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell TheirOwn Stories by Ellen Levine, and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.If your young adult devours all the books on this list, check with a local librarian or bookstore. Theyhave great suggestions, too!
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