Friday, July 22, 2005

Call to teen readers

If you are a teen and you read, I want to hear from you.

I want to know what books you are reading, what books you love, what books you dislike or even hate.

I am a tutor of teens and I encourage them to read books. But I think it is silly to read book reviews written by and for adults. I think teens should review the books they read.

So PLEASE, comment here or send me your reviews by email and I will post them here on this blog.

BTW, I just read King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry. It is a horse story about an Arabian horse, his faithful horseboy and a cat named Grimalkin. They travel from Morocco to France to England. Sham, the horse, becomes the sire of a whole line of race horses which still win races today. It was pretty good, even though it was written in 1948. It won the Newbery Award in 1949, which means it can be found in any library.


  1. Anonymous10:22 PM

    Two books i can recommend:

    "Harley, Like a Person" by Cat Bauer.
    available on About a girl who finds her real name is Harley, and suspects she may be adopted. Travels take her to New York City to find her identity.

    Also, have been hearing great things about "Smashed". true memoir of a teenage girls intense journey with alcohol.

    Both of these titles are definately not for the Hilary Duff set, but they are compassionate books about some very real painful problems.

  2. Anonymous9:13 PM

    "Juniper", "Wise Child" and "Coleman" are a series of books that i highly reccomend. I have read the first two countless times. "Juniper" is set in Cornwall in an unspecified time period. It is all about magic, but in a more real and truthful sort of way. The girl, Juniper, spends a year with a sort of a witch and learns magic, but it's more raw than that.

    "Wise Child" is about Juniper after she's in her mid-twenties and unintentionally becomes the guardian of a sort of orphan, and she teaches this girl what she herself was taught as a young girl. It is written from the girl's point of view and is extremely intriguing after reading "Juniper".

    Coleman is Wise Child's childhood friend and i have not read the book "Coleman", but my eleven-year-old sister (who has the vocabulary and reading level of an 18-year-old) told me that she loved it, after reading the prequels.

    There is a series of books which i think are written by Tara Reid, which are excellent and funny. They are a bit difficult and i frequently looked in a dictionary when reading this series, but it was well worth it. One of the books is called "Dealing with Dragons" and that's the only one who's title i can remember.

    One of my favorite series of books is The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis. I must've read them a thousand times.

    I love the Mission Earth series, by L. Ron Hubbard. The satire in there is just unbeleivable, but hilariously enough the author is usually spot-on. Also, it's mostly set in NY City which i also love and have lived there for a while.

    One of my all-time favorite authors is Edward Eagar. He is an author from the 40's and 50's. The way the characters talk to one another, their actions and the way the author explains everything, makes any one of his books worth reading.

  3. Anonymous12:44 PM

    Its an amazing story she posted about the . I heard about it at as well last week.