Teen Reads Episode 5

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes follows teens Molly and Pepper in their present day quest to find out what really happened to fictional cold war teen martyr Ava Dreyman. The chapters alternate between, Molly, Pepper, and Ava’s point of views. Definitely a historical fiction vibe with a mystery. Very good read!

La Belle Savauge is volume 1 from the Book of Dust series by Philip Pullman. Malcolm, an eleven year old boy must embark on an adventure to keep an infant safe with the help of Alice, an older, no nonsense teen. Think quest with some magical realism. A fantastic story of bravery, friendship, and enduring beyond what you think is possible.

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater hits the mark for the non fiction teen genre. Dashka shows us there are two sides to every story by depicting the personalities and backstories of two teens involved in a terrible incident on November 4, 2013 while riding the 57 bus in Oakland, CA. Dashka brings to light the bigger issues of a system gone wrong and what happens to the kids forced to grow up in it. Whether you like non fiction or are looking for something new, definitely give this book a try.

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