Dear LA Teacher,
Young Adult (YA) literature is sure popular today. As a mother of twin teens, I see my kids gobble up YA books as if they were candy corn. Please tell me when YA started, and where I can find quality books that are not too expensive.
Mom of Teen Readers
Dear Mom of Teen Readers,
According to a Pew survey, 16-29 year olds are the largest group checking out books from local libraries. Publishers started targeting this group at the turn of the century with such popular series as JK Rowlling’s Harry Potter, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight, and Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games. These paranormal and dystopian books connect with this age group. Since adolescence takes place between childhood and adulthood when life can feel very threatening, YA readers reach out to find other worlds and realities that may show them direction or an escape from their difficult lives.
It all started back in 1942 when Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly was published explicitly for teens. It was about first love.
With the advent of the Internet and new publishing models, hundreds of new publishing companies have popped up on the landscape; and many of them reach out toward the lucrative YA market. One of these publishers is Solstice Publishing.
Melissa Miller, CEO of Solstice Publishing, opened shop in 2008. She says, “After I published my first book, I decided to start Solstice as a means to help other writers fulfill their dreams of publication.”
Today, Solstice Publishing is the fastest growing mid-market publisher in the United States. It boasts of having over 200 authors covering every category of fiction, and it’s beginning to expand into nonfiction. The publisher is gaining a reputation for fast paced suspense thrillers, sizzling romance, action adventure, science fiction, and a spooky collection of horror and paranormal reads. Naturally, this includes YA novels.
Below are a few of Solstice's YA novels and links:
Crashing Eden by Michael Sussman- Joss, a17-year-old punk who bullies his brother is involved in an auto accident that tunes him into the Shankman Frequency, the heavenly channel piping in the sounds of heaven. This is a page-turner novel that shows Joss’ maturing as he overcomes obstacles that may lead to the end-of-times. Kindle price: $3.99; Print: $11.69
Softly Say Goodbye by K.C. Sprayberry- Erin, a senior at a Georgia high school has an end of course exam for art. She has to paint murals around the community in an effort to clean up a drab downtown. This novel brings home the serious problem of teen drinking and driving. Kindle: $.99; Print: $10.44
Linked Through Time by Jessica Tornese- Kate Christenson is a spoiled 21st Century city girl forced by her father to spend summer vacation on her grandparents’ farm in rural Minnesota. Through a series of events, Kate finds herself thrown back through time fifty years where life on a farm isn’t easy. This is an absorbing YA novel showing, over the course of a summer, the growing maturity of a 15-year-old teen. Kindle: $1.99; Print: $9.89
Invisible by Jeanne Bannon- Lola Savullo discovers something unique about herself. She can make herself invisible. Invisible teaches YA readers that self-acceptance is the key to happiness as a high school senior with a multitude of problems learns to cope. Kindle: $1.99; Print: $9.89
The Legend of Koolura by Michael Thal- Koolura Akopyan, a sixth grade girl, is being stalked by a homeless man bent on her destruction. At birth, he unloaded the mysterious Decoolerizer gun into her leaving the infant with extraordinary psychic powers. Now, at the threshold of adolescence, Koolura is beginning to realize her gifts, but will she be able to protect herself and friends from this nemesis? Kindle: $1.99; Print: $11.69
There you have it. Five YA books with links to Amazon that your twins can enjoy.