Teen Young Adult Literature Classics by Ian Beck
Ian Beck is an illustrator and writer of young fiction. His Tom Trueheart series is published by OUP, and he also writes the Darkside Series. He lives in London. His first career was as an illustrator for Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album, which is still in print.
Review of Tomorrow When the War Began by Kate McCaffrey
Tomorrow When the War Began is a compelling young adult novel set during the American Revolution. It focuses on a group of teens who are on a camping trip when the war begins. Ellie's first person narrative voice gives the story its character and the landscape is used to express the emotions of the young characters. This novel will appeal to good readers and those who can take a longer read. It is appropriate for best Standard and Advanced students.
This collection of stories will leave readers breathless. The human spirit is showcased in stories that involve psychic powers and alternative history. The themes and plots are diverse and the stories are laced with humor. The stories explore themes such as the resilience of mankind in the face of adversity.
In Tomorrow When the War Began, the human race has not yet conquered other worlds. Humanity has been at odds with a predatory catlike warrior race, the Kzin. The Kzin have colonized various worlds in the past, including Earth.
The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch is a novel with high interest. Set in a futuristic world, the novel covers a range of topics, including slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, as well as Lynch's own personal journey. It also features extensive illustrations, which keep the reader interested.
A fantasy novel with strong characters and complex plotline, Tomorrow When the War Began is an excellent young adult novel for teens. It is a perfect read for teenagers who enjoy reading about magic and politics. The novel will appeal to teens and adults alike.
This novel is a YA classic that shows the horrors of war. The author combines historical facts with contemporary issues to create a realistic storyline that is engrossing. The main character is a little girl named Sandra Oliver who has survived the war and is trying to live a normal life. Her family has fled the Congo and lives in a refugee camp in Burundi. Life in the camp is traumatic and tedious and the adults are trying to figure out how to keep the family together. Then, one day, a group of armed men invade the camp and massacre Deborah. This incident changes everything for Sandra, and changes her outlook on life.
The characters are diverse. Among them are Bento, a librarian, and Liz Huizar, a dancing chicken in a fast food restaurant. A policeman named Joe Quinn is another prominent character in the story. As the two friends work together, the sexual tension is intensified.
Review of Clap When You Land by Ian Beck
Clap When You Land is a verse novel that follows two teenage sisters after their father dies. The novel is a portrait of grief and family and was awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal. It is an excellent read for teen readers. The story is set in the Dominican Republic and New York.
Review of Christopher, Lucy. Stolen by Ian Beck
Ian Beck's Christopher, Lucy is a teen classic that explores the complexities of the human relationship. The relationship between a teenage girl and her kidnapper is complex and avoids simple categories such as victim and villain. The structure of the story is a letter to the kidnapper, and Beck's language is incredibly emotional. The novel explores alienation, and the slow shift to belonging.
The story revolves around a middle-school girl who once had a bright future as a concert pianist. However, a death and a betrayal leave her unsure of her identity. However, when her brother, Bryce, has a new piano teacher named Will, she decides to get closer to him. This new teacher is young and kind, and is interested in helping Lucy learn to live life on her own terms.
Another book with a similar premise is Suzann Collins' The Hunger Games. While the Hunger Games involves teenagers fighting to the death, it also explores a bigger picture about belonging. Another novel by the same author, Dicey's Song, continues Tillermans' journey to belong. As with the other books in this series, music plays an important part in the depiction of belonging.
Those who have read Christopher, Lucy by Ian Beck may not agree with my conclusion. It is a dark retelling of classic fairy tales. The story is rooted in reality but has a dark twist. In this way, it appeals to teenagers while being a great read for young adults.
Suze Murphy is a high-school student who suffers from social anxiety, depression, and a broken arm. After her mother's recent remarriage, she moves from New York City to California and enrolls in a Catholic academy led by a priest. While there, she finds herself surrounded by bullies and tries to make friends.