School’s out and your teen or pre-teen now has two months of free-time. Before they turn on the TV, hand them a good book and keep their brains active over the break. Here is just a sampling that they (and you!) just won’t be able to put down.
Divergent Trilogy – If your teen has finished the Hunger Games and is dying for another dystopian thriller that measures up, Veronica Roth’s Divergent (set in a vividly imagined dystopian Chicago) might be the perfect choice. Packed with action, suspense and knee-weakening romance, readers won’t be able to put it down!
Mortal Instruments Series – This series belongs to the increasingly popular urban fantasy genre, and features all of its best qualities! Your teen is sure to be cheering on protagonists Clary and Jace as they battle it out with demons, vampires and other beings, and uncover the secrets of their shadowhunter past. When you’re done, don’t forget to check out Cassandra Clare’s prequel series, The Infernal Devices.
Percy Jackson and The Olympians – For pre-teens that happen to be myth-lovers, Rick Riordan’s series is a must! Featuring the full-cast of greek gods and their demi-god children, these books contain an imaginative plotline and a dialogue that will have readers laughing without fail.
Enclave – If your pre-teen isn’t quite old enough to read books like Divergent and The Hunger Games just yet, Ann Aguirre’s Enclave is a fantastic alternative within the dystopia genre. Set in the zombie-filled tunnels of a post-apocalyptic New York City, it’s tough, fast-paced and absolutely thrilling, with a heroine similar to Katniss in her strength and will to survive.
Life as We Knew It – This is another series that’s great for pre-teens. Written in the form of a diary, this book tells the story of a girl and her family struggling to survive after the moon is pushed off its axis and sets off global disaster. Young readers will find the protagonist, an average teenager that is forced to adapt to a new and hostile environment, very easy to relate to. Susan Pfeffer’s accurate picture of environmental catastrophe will also provide plenty of food for thought and discussion.
Although these books are all aimed at the younger age groups, adults are certain to enjoy them as well. So if you’re looking to bond with your kids when they’re home this summer, reading together is a great way to do it!