Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Ten top teen books to save your life

Jennifer Niven's new novel is All the Bright Places.

At the Guardian she tagged her "top 10 lovely, tough, honest, and ultimately life-affirming YA books," including:
The Outsiders by SE Hinton

This classic, first published in 1967, is the bestselling young adult book of all time. It tells the story of Ponyboy, a greaser, or outsider, who lives in a world of us versus them. The “us” here are the outsiders, the “them” are those with money, otherwise known as the “Socs,” or “Socials.” The Socs beat up greasers for sport, but one tragic night, Ponyboy and his fellow greasers take their revenge, and someone is killed. The novel is as powerful today as it was forty-some years ago, and its message – being judged by what you are instead of who you are, and overcoming circumstance and prejudice – is timeless.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Outsiders is among Jeff Somers;s five must-reads aimed at kids that people of all ages will enjoy, Phil Earle's top ten zeros-to-heros in stories for children and young adults and on one list of nine of the best literary groups of friends.

--Marshal Zeringue