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    Putting The YA in “Yay”

    YA Fiction

    YA (Young Adult) readers are spoilt for choice – there is so much to choose from nowadays that no-one can say ‘there’s nothing to read’. Just take a look in your local library or bookshop and see what’s on offer – believe me, there will be a good number.

    Some YA writers are very well-known and have written multiple, very successful books – think, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and John Green, too, particularly well-known for The Fault in Our Stars. But there are many more – some you might be less familiar with – so read on to add some superb books to your To Be Read pile…

    Maureen Johnson

    This American writer has written a number of Young Adult books, some of which are set in boarding schools, such as the Truly Devious trilogy. These books have been described as being ‘perfect for fans of Agatha Christie’. So, if you are looking for some gripping reads this summer, you could start with one of his stories.

    Adam Silvera

    One of the key themes in Silvera’s novels is LGBTQ+ stories set in modern places. They Both Die at the End is one of his books that you might have heard of. The title itself is pretty intriguing, so this could be a great read to get you going. In fact, the writer is branching out into a different genre – fantasy adventure – so this might be something you want to explore a bit more.

    Angie Thomas

    Dealing with very relevant themes – in particular, racism in the USA – Thomas’ The Hate U Give has also been made into a film. As with many YA writers who are writing today, relevant, contemporary themes often play a significant role in their stories, and this is no exception.

    Judy Blume

    Young Adult books are not a new thing, despite the acronym (YA) being used in more recent years. Back in 1970, American Judy Blume wrote Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret. This, for many, is a very important YA novel, dealing with one girl’s journey into puberty and her questions about life. In the 21st Century, over 50 years since it was written, this book retains a very relevant message.

    Rick Riordan

    This writer’s Percy Jackson books are quite well-known and deal with themes such as authority – and how adults who should be trusted are not always reliable or safe. Riordan merges Greek mythology with contemporary themes, so if you are looking for something to take you on quite a different journey, this is a great recommendation.

    So, there you have it – 5 YA suggestions. Of course, there are many more but if you are stuck for something to read, you could choose any of these writers’ books and be sure of a great time.

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