Puffin Books Teen Young Adult Literature Classics
Puffin is a publisher of 150 titles a year, including bestselling picture books for young children, middle-grade and YA fiction, and critically-acclaimed novels for older readers. These titles include classics such as Black Beauty and The Wind in the Willows, as well as newer books like Jeff Probst's Stranded series and S. E. Hinton's Forever.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club
Last Night at the Telegraph Club is a young adult novel by Malinda Lo published by Dutton Books for Young Readers. It's set in 1950s San Francisco, and tells the story of a teenage daughter of Chinese immigrants. It's received positive reviews and won a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Alaina interviews the author in this Puffin Books Teen Young Adult Literature Classic.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club is an atmospheric novel by Malinda Lo, set in 1954 Chinatown. It follows the friendship of two queer teens, Lily and Kath. The story is told in verse and is filled with magical realism.
Grasshopper Jungle is a coming-of-age stunner for teenagers. The book follows the adventures of three teenagers, Austin, Robby, and Shann, as they grow up in a small town in Iowa. Robby is a gay boy, and Austin is sexually attracted to Shann. Their relationship is complicated, but they are willing to risk everything to protect their friends and family.
Tracy Barrett is an award-winning writer and editor of picture books. Her list of books has included several New York Times bestsellers. She has an MFA in creative writing for children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and her fiction has won awards and been published by numerous publishers.
The Rikki Tikki Tavi series is another good choice for young readers. This book is about a young mongoose who serves as a protector for a British family in India. In one chapter, Rikki must battle the venomous cobra Nagin, who seeks revenge on Rikki and his family. The book has been adapted and republished in hundreds of languages and versions.
Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park is a young adult novel set in the 1980s that follows the lives of two sixteen-year-olds, Eleanor and Park. Both have complicated family lives and are living with their mother and stepfather Richie, an abusive alcoholic. Despite their tumultuous upbringing, both girls remain close to each other and soon begin to fall in love.
The book is set during the Vietnam War and is filled with romance, action, and angst. While the characters in the novel are all different, they share a common goal - finding love and happiness in a world that's full of tragedy and heartbreak. The March sisters stand up for their mother, who is in the war, and rely on each other to get by and survive.
Judy Blume's Forever
Judy Blume is a popular American author who writes in the young adult and children's literature genres. She is known for her characters such as Margaret, Blubber, It's Me, and Deenie. Her books have received many accolades, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults in 1996, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2004.
Forever... is not an entirely bad book. It has plenty of charm, but it doesn't quite work as a YA novel. The central relationship feels juvenile and unimportant after the first time you've experienced it. The dialogue and prose are dated, and it's easy to see why a younger audience wouldn't latch on to the novel.
The story starts off with Judy Blume's childhood. Her parents, a dentist and a homemaker, raised her in a home filled with books. Her mother, a quiet woman, encouraged Blume's love of reading. When she was in third grade, Judy and her brother were separated. During this time, Blume excelled in school. She was involved in the school newspaper and sang in the school choir.
Forever... touches on the sensitive subject of teen sex. While the story borders on non-fiction, it's important to remember that sex is not the only focus of the story. Forever also explores the sweet and sour nature of first love. Katherine's eventual drift in affection is as real as the first flush of love.
Judy Blume's Al Capone Does My Shirts
Al Capone does my shirts is a satire on the gangster life in the city. Using the language of crime and law, Al Capone is a colorful character with a unique sense of style. The narrator, Liam, is a boy who lives in the Bay Area with his mom and two younger sisters, Dakota and Izzy. Dakota is fascinated with science and has trouble making friends, while Izzy is a girl with Down syndrome. They also have a dog named Cupcake.
Stella Grant and Will Newman's The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give is a story of love, pain, and desperation. It follows two young people in the wake of tragedy - Stella Grant and Will Newman - whose hearts and minds have been broken by their illness. Initially, the two are torn apart by their feelings for each other. However, their relationship changes when Stella is diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
Stella Grant, a YouTube personality who educates others about cystic fibrosis, keeps herself sane while in the hospital. She makes lists, double-checks them, and keeps a strict routine. She needs to stay in control of her life while waiting for a lung transplant. However, her routine is interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger, Will. Will is stuck in a world of whiteness, so Stella has to work hard to keep him out of her way.
Stella Grant and Will Newman are in the same hospital, and Will's mother has signed him up for another trial there. Will's infection can spread to Stella with the slightest touch. This means that if Stella touched Will, she could lose her fresh lung. In addition, Stella is not very keen on Will and ignores him. Despite this, she eventually falls for him and becomes more than just a patient.
As the story progresses, Stella begins to open up to Will, and she begins to question her life. As a result, she begins to embrace a more independent attitude. After Poe's death, she begins to consider what life can really be like - and whether she wants to make it worthwhile.