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Great Young Adult Books

Author: Scott Burleigh

Great young adult books

If encouraged early on, reading can becomes a lifelong joy for children. However, as with most things, simply forcing it on them will likely have the opposite effect. Therefore, it is important to make sure you pick books that children will enjoy reading if you want them to enjoy it on their own.

Luckily, there is an extensive list of great young adult books proven to get kids hooked on the healthy pastime. Here are a few of the best.

A Wrinkle in Time
This complicated, compelling fantasy book by Madeleine L'Engle inspired many children to bring a flashlight to bed and read deep into the night. Thrilling without being terrifying and whimsical without being slight, A Wrinkle in Time is the rare children's book that treats its readers as adults - illuminating a captivating and fully-formed world without a hint of condescension.

The Phantom Tollbooth
Milo, the young protagonist of this masterpiece, finds everything boring. In that respect he is likely similar to many of the children first introduced to this book. But Milo is soon introduced to a strange, fascinating world that is far from boring. Peopled with quirky kings, lost princesses and a watchdog in the most literal sense, the world conjured by Norman Juster, the book's author, is sure to captivate even children who believe they live in a boring world.

The Giver
This book could rightly be considered a book for adult. It deals with complicated themes about individuality, truth and perception - and does so in stark, simple but entirely honest and complex ways. Lois Lowry's dystopian novel helps adolescents learn to investigate the world in ways that very few books - young adult or otherwise - have ever managed.

In Brief

  • If encouraged early on, reading can becomes a lifelong joy for children.

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