These days a lot of focus seems to lie with young adult books that are 15 to 18. Which is fine. They are great books and there are a great many within the age category that can read those. But young adult is also 12-14 and sometimes jumping from Middle Grade to a YA book more geared towards 15-18 can be quite the leap. We don’t always give enough attention to books for the younger end of YA.
Which is why I am changing to topic for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday (as always hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) post to this. I know I did books I wish I could read again for the first time relatively recent and I don’t think that much will have changed in it.
Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud | Review
While there are ghosts running rampant it is the teens that are saving the day. It is even so in this world that older teens are already becoming useless because they can’t see the ghosts. There is a hint of romance in here but nothing really happens. Despite the whole paranormal thing it just screams so much innocence from these kids which makes it the perfect series to cross over from middle grade to young adult. That doesn’t mean they dont have to make the hard decisions.
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott | Review
In this book multiple historical figures are still alive and immortal as they help the chosen twins. The characters are at the younger end. There are various things that run through each other here that are a great prep for the older YA fantasies.
The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
While the main character is 17 years old, this does not read as if she is (which is why I did not finish it). But it does make it a great read for the younger end of YA as I think they would more easily connect with this kind of character.
The Wind Reader by Dorothy A. Winsor | Review
This book is a very fine and solid fantasy that feels more towards the younger end of young adult. A great book to move from middle grade to young adult. It still has that true adventure feel that middle grade can have but doesn’t shy away from mentioning the harder topics of life as can be expected with young adult.
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett | Review
A Terry Pratchett book on this list? Why yes, actually, and it fits into Discworld as well. Some might not realize but he did write some kids books too. When I read it I initially would have squared The Amazing Maurice away under MG but it has been awarded some YA prizes. It makes it a great book for YA at the younger end.
The Snow-Walker by Catherine Fisher | Review
A trilogy I read in my early teens and that has still stuck with me. A bit older but then so are other books on this list. Older doesn’t nessecarly mean bad (though it does illustrate the point of us needing more attention going to books that are at the younger end of YA). They are quick, imaginitive reads.
Welcome to the Other London by Erynn Q. | Review
A fun story that will especially be liked by the younger ya readers who love anime.
Nora and the Sacred Stones by Laura Hatch Rupper | Review
Another book with characters only doing what is best, even if the action always isn’t. Our mc’s are at the younger end but have bit responsibilities. And then you find out you are special, that is quite something.