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Book Crush: For Kids and Teens - Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest

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Book Crush: For Kids and Teens - Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest

A good read is sometimes very hard to find. That’s why when someone like Nancy Pearl, author of BOOK LUST and MORE BOOK LUST --- and now BOOK CRUSH --- provides us with solutions to our reading dilemmas, readers want to take notice. In BOOK CRUSH, Pearl presents more than 1,000 books organized into 118 lists aimed at preteen and adolescent readers. With endless pages of insight into young adult reads --- from the classics to the recently published --- one would find it extremely difficult not to discover something that will spark his or her interest.

Parts I and II focus on books that will appeal primarily to children ages 0-12, while teens will be most interested in Part III. Each part is divided into a number of cleverly-named sections that reflect different genres, subjects and intended audiences, and Pearl explains why each of the books she mentions is so recommendable.

Teenage girls will look to “Chicklet Lit: For Girls Only” for books by Ann Brashares (the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series), Laurie Halse Anderson (PROM) and Louise Rennison (the Georgia Nicolson series). They will especially appreciate the section entitled “Girls Kick Butt”; strong, courageous heroines can be found in Libba Bray’s A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY and REBEL ANGELS, JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte and Emily Bronte’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS.

Meanwhile, teenage boys will want to pay special attention to “It’s a Guy Thing” --- with titles such as 24 GIRLS IN 7 DAYS by Alex Bradley, Adam Rapp’s UNDER THE WOLF, UNDER THE DOG and BUCKING THE SARGE by Christopher Paul Curtis --- and “Play the Game,” with fast-moving reads like Robert Lipsyte’s THE CONTENDER, FIGHTING RUBEN WOLFE by Markus Zusak and Pat Hughes’s OPEN ICE.

Both male and female readers will be interested in sections that focus on fantasy (GIFTS by Ursula K. Le Guin), historical fiction (FORGOTTEN FIRE by Adam Bagdasarian), mysteries (Peter Abraham’s Echo Falls series), memoirs (THE BURN JOURNALS by Brent Runyon) and adult novels that are perfect for older young adults, such as THE LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold, Sue Monk Kidd’s THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES and THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon.

This is just a small sampling of what you will find in this resourceful guide. Owning a copy of BOOK CRUSH ensures that you as readers will not get bored any time soon --- and neither will your friends or family members who will be thrilled about the book you just placed into their hands!

Reviewed by Krista Vitola on March 7, 2007

Book Crush: For Kids and Teens - Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest
by Nancy Pearl

  • Publication Date: March 7, 2007
  • Genres: Reference
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • ISBN-10: 1570615004
  • ISBN-13: 9781570615009