Saturday, September 13, 2014

Five top kids’ and YA books for readers of any age

Jeff Somers is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series from Orbit Books, Chum from Tyrus Books, and We Are Not Good People from Pocket/Gallery. He has published over thirty short stories as well.

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog he tagged five must-reads aimed at kids that people of all ages will enjoy, including:
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

This tale of still more dangerously unsupervised children (I’m detecting a theme here) running amok all over Manhattan on what is either the worst or best date ever is filled with great little details and a vibrant love of that peculiar freedom found only when you’re in high school and able to stay out all night.

Why Adults Will Enjoy It: Anyone who has ever experienced that peculiarly terrifying effervescent feeling of an infinite evening that never seems to end will identify with this story of two smart, snarky teens falling in love while having a totally believable adventure in the Big City. The book deals with universal issues of love, doubt, and how music creates such a powerful connection in our lives, and the alternating points of view (male and female) give each gender confirmation of their own experience and glimpses into the other point of view.
Read about another book on the list.

My Book, The Movie: Chum.

The Page 69 Test: Chum.

Writers Read: Jeff Somers.

--Marshal Zeringue