3 Great Young Adult Reads

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore: I haven’t seen the movie, and wanted to read the book first.  I sure hope this is a series, because it was really good.  Aliens who are indistinguishable from humans except for their superpowers, other aliens who are out to get the first aliens to keep them from saving the planet Earth, and teens figuring out life…it is an interesting combination.  The pace is fast, characters believable, and the foreshadowing enhances the story rather than make it too predictable.

The Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Price:  A teen in a police interrogation room tells the story of a murder he has witnessed.  Bullying and hate crimes lead up to the murder, and also ties into a suspected child abuse case.  The mystery of what really happens stays a mystery right up until the end, with pieces of the puzzle drifting toward their places.  I still wondered if there wasn’t more to what Gabriel said had happened.   Realistic fiction with a sports tie-in may interest some boys.

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer:  Bauer is one of my all-time favorite young adult authors.  She writes realistic fiction with strong female protagonists.  This one is about Foster, a girl who excels at baking cupcakes and muffins, but not so much with reading.  She and her mom are on the run from her mom’s abusive ex-boyfriend.  There are the downs:  the ex-boyfriend, her dad’s death, her inability to read, and there are the ups:  going into business, meeting a famous movie star, and making new friends.  It’s a great read, and I even got an idea on how to teach my dyslexic learners from it!

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