The popularity of novels for young adults is climbing steadily. Part of their popularity is due to commercial hits such as Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, a novel that explores the nature of friendship, loyalty and love set in a future world where an annual televised fight-to-the-death pits young people against one another. Borrow The Hunger Games or another innovative, creative and fun novel for young adults from the Lititz Public Library.
Trapped by Michael Northrop
Seven high school students, stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, wonder if they will survive.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
A ninth grader spends her freshman year in high school coming to terms with a traumatic event that happened at an end-of-summer event.
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
While on trial as an accomplice to murder, a sixteen-year-old boy records his experiences in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of war, friendship, espionage and great courage as she shares only what she must to survive interrogation.
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Living at her mother’s sanctuary in the Congo for the summer, a fourteen-year-old girl rescues an abused baby bonobo and when civil war fighting breaks out it is up to her to rescue the apes.
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
A seventeen-year-old boy’s summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin’s death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances and his younger brother’s sudden disappearance.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
After she dies in a car crash, a teenaged girl relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
In a world where dragons and humans coexist and dragons can assume human form, a gifted court musician searches for her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals.
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
After being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob’s (aka mad cow) disease, a disaffected sixteen-year-old sets off on a road trip in attempt to find a cure.
Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveal the life of a freshman boy who is shy, introspective and very intelligent, as he travels through the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
A sixteen-year-old boy’s first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
A sophomore girl starts dating a popular senior, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male, secret Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds that he and his friends belong to, she assumes a false identity and infiltrates the society.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, a high school student struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.
Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
When her mother dies, a sixteen-year-old moves from Indiana to California to live with her newly discovered father, a Hollywood megastar, and his pampered teenaged daughter.
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Originally published on July 12, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.