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Listener Suggestions: Young Adult Reading List

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 11:46 AM

As part of the Brian Lehrer Show's August weekly series, Book Futures, on the future of the publishing industry with Michael Cader, founder of Publishers Marketplace and Publishers Lunch, we asked you to help us make a reading list for young adults. Here are your suggestions!

The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle 

Warrior series by Erin Hunter

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Anything by Judy Blume

Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez 

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Anything by Robin McKinley 

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Storms Can't Hurt the Sky: A Buddhist Path Through Divorce by Gabriel Cohen

The Lake House by James Patterson

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Sag Harbor by Colson Whiltehead

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Anything by Philip Pullman

Anything by Elizabeth Enright

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Skellig by David Almond

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver

Netherland by Joseph O'Neill

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

The Believers by Zoe Heller

Anything by Chris Crutcher

When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

Anything by Walter Dean Myers

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Animal Farm by George Orwell

My Antonia by Willa Cather and Janet Sharistanian

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Anything by John Steinbeck

Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers

AD: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Anything by Ursula LeGuin

The Ender series by Orsen Scott Card

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

Anything by Alice Munro

Brandon Sparks and the Hidden Sun by Joshua Fuld

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart

Freak Show by James St. James

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread by Don Robertson

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Philip Ness

The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis

Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

Anything by Laurie Halse Anderson

What I Saw and How I Lied by Jude Blundell

Stone Junction by Jim Dodge

Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Abel's Island by William Steig

The Island of Mad Scientists by Howard Whitehouse and Bill Slavin

The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers and the Fight to Save the Earth by Eric Pooley

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson and Donna Diamond

Debbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Different Flags by Eugenia Marie Renskoff

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Comments [1]

Gae Polisner from Long Island, NY

Really interesting series! Thank you.

If you're looking for something for tweens/teens that isn't dark and IS uplifting and literary, but also quirky and funny, you can pre-order (or wish list ;))my novel, The Pull of Gravity (Frances Foster/Farrar Straus Giroux, May 2011) on Amazon --about two teens who go on a secret road trip to keep a promise to a dying friend and fall in love and discover the beauty of Steinbeck in the process. You can read more about it here: http://gaepolisner.com/

Also, for another beautifully written, funny (and not dark) YA book by Newbery Award winner Lynne Rae Perkins, check out As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth.

Aug. 27 2010 08:02 PM

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