Sunday, December 24, 2006

Teen Read Favorites 2006

Best Loved books by teens in 2006 : )
This books were chosen as some of the favorites from Teens, but are of course to be read by teens and adults. Although, I have not read the books from this list, I assure you I have them on my To Read List.

1)BLIND FAITH by Ellen Wittlinger
After Liz Scattergood's grandmother, Bunny, dies, Liz's mother spirals into a deep depression. She starts attending a spiritualist church, where she believes she can communicate with Bunny through a medium. Liz thinks it's weird, though she agrees to go along. But for Liz's atheist dad, the spiritualist church has the opposite effect --- it drives him away from her mom and their family. Without anyone to talk to, Liz turns to her new neighbor, Nathan, who's dealing with his own mother's terminal cancer.

2) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Set during World War II in Germany, young Liesel Meminger, who lives outside of Munich, scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist --- books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

3)Ophelia by Lisa Klein
Ophelia is falling in love with a prince named Hamlet who cannot return her affections without arousing suspicion. And so they meet in secret. If you think you know this story, think again. Because when bloody deeds turn the court of Elsinore into a place of treachery and madness, Ophelia alone will find the means to escape, with nothing more than the clothes on her back...and one very dangerous secret.

4)Sold by Patricia McCormick
Lakshmi is a 13-year-old girl who lives in a small hut in the mountains of Nepal. Although her family is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He introduces her to someone who tells her she will find her a job as a maid working for a wealthy woman in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi undertakes the long journey to India and arrives at "Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.

5)The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas by John Boyne
Berlin, 1942. When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences
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