Good Young Adult Books

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  1. Walter o'Dim
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    There good for grown ups too..

    what are your favorites.

    mine are

    The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books-Tolkien (don't really know if that counts as young adult)

    The Outsiders and That was Then this is Now S.E. Hinton

    The Catcher in the Rye-J.D. Salinger

    To Kill a Mocking bird-Harper Lee

    The perks of being a Wallflower-Stephen Chibosky

    I'ts Kind of a funny Story-Ned Vizzini

    Walk to Moons-Sharon Creech

    Holes-Louis Sachar
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  2. FlakeNoir
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    Loved The Outsiders and That Was Then This is Now too.

    Also remember:
    I Am David by Anne Holm
    The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
    A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
    Storm Boy by Colin Thiele

    One story that stayed with me was a play actually, The Diary of Anne Frank... I think every student should study this.
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  3. Walter o'Dim
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    I remembered another one. Number the Stars by Louis Lowery

    Never read any of those FlakeNoir I've always wanted to read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest though.
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  4. HollyGolightly
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    I loved those Paul Zindel books - My Darling, My Hamburger; Pardon Me, You're Stepping on My Eyeball; and of course: Go Ask, Alice - scared me off of LSD for good!
  5. AnnaMarie
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    You have all mentioned many of my favourites.

    I'll add Lisa Bright and Dark
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  6. do1you9love?
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    do1you9love? Alive and Kicking!

    I love the mentions so far. I recently read The Hunger Games trilogy and really enjoyed them.
  7. xkittyx
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    I read YA sometimes. A couple I read and enjoyed semi-recently off the top of my head...

    Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
    The Montmorency series by Eleanor Updale
    The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente
    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    The Bartimaeus books by Jonathan Stroud
    Ender's Game/Shadow books by Orson Scott Card
    and I'll always be fond of Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. :)
  8. MadamMack
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    Very good read!
  9. AnnaMarie
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    Anne of Green Gables
    Little Women
    Harry Potter
    Percy Jackson
    Series of unfortunate events
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  10. ZombieDrama
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    I didn't read many young adult books, I did read The Outsiders, I liked it too. But pretty much all my allowance went toward Mad Magazine, Garfield books and candy. >_>
    My parents didn't buy me books specifically. My dad was an avid reader (mostly horror) so I had to read what was there. So I guess I kind of missed out on cool young adult books.
    I picked up The Shining when I was 11 years old. Never looked back. This is why I came to this thread, to get some good ideas for books for my youngest son who is so incredibly grounded right now, that he will need something to keep him busy other than the Xbox. o_O So thanks for all these awesome ideas. =)
    My youngest son shares me and my dad's love for reading so I go to the Goodwill a lot and straight to the book bin. I will be on the lookout for some of these titles.
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  11. HollyGolightly
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    Your poor boy! I was such a book nerd when I was a kid, it would have been the ultimate treat to be grounded and forced to stay in my room and read. I found a series at Goodwill that I want to read - young adultish: The Mysterious Benedict Society - there are 3 or 4 of them I think.
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  12. ZombieDrama
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    Thanks! I will keep an eye out for that series. =)
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  13. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...other than King & Konntz...and associated King family members...I don't read much else due to lack of time...what other reading I do consists of handgun and Jeep magazines and Consumer Reports...
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    For me its king,his family members or books written about king.Spend free time on here and read plenty of news off the computer.
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  15. Autumnlyn
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    Autumnlyn BOOYA!

    With 14 yr old twins (boy and girl); finding good reading material is TOUGH! In HS there is a required amount of reading, and testing on each book for pts. I always read the book each of them is reading so we can discuss, but yikes, it's hard where each kid has their own genre. My daughter likes books like Hunger Games and Twilight; my son World War Z and various war themed books. Talk about night and day!!

    Slowly leading them into the SK world with The Long Walk and The Talisman. But, honestly at their age I think Tolkien is beyond them with all his cross references. Getting a kid to actually get 'lost' within the story is my main goal. To gain a love of reading is paramount. We'll get them to appreciate the 'literature' aspect later :)
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  16. xkittyx
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    Of course Harry Potter, how could I not mention that. Love, love, love :love_heart:
    And Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events is great too!
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  17. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    The Eyes of the Dragon is an excellent book for a young reader
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  18. Dana Jean
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    I think Eyes of the Dragon is one of his best and very much overlooked. I loved it.
  19. AnnaMarie
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    Well. It's by this horror writer. So it must be to scary. :a11:

    I used that book as a bribe. (Honestly, I think this would make SK proud.) I have a son who is quite intelligent (honest, he was tested). But he could not read. He was (mis)diagnosed with a learning disability. But anyway, I knew he was close to reading....but just needing a bit....of something to push him. He wanted to watch a scary movie based on an SK novel. I said no. Not until he could read an SK book. And then I gave him Eyes of the Dragon. It wasn't easy, but he read it. It was the first novel he ever read, and it was a long time until he read another.
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    Harriet the Spy. This is a great book. I always wanted to be Harriet and I kept a card catalogue with an entry for every person on my street, the equivalent of Harriet's notebook.

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