With Alan Cumyn bringing out a book called ‘Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend’, we couldn’t help but wonder what YA he’s reading. So we asked for his top 5 YA reads. They change all of the time, but these are his top 5 of the moment:
‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness
Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.
‘Feed’ by M.T. Anderson
Titus doesn’t think much of the moon. But then Titus doesn’t think much period. He’s got his “feed” – an internet implant linked directly into his brain – to do his thinking for him. It tells him where to party or get the hottest bargains and how to accessorize the mysterious lesions everyone’s been getting lately. But then Titus meets Violet, a girl who cares what’s happening to the world and challenges everything Titus and his friends hold dear. A girl who decides to fight the feed…
‘Keturah and Lord Death’ by Martine Leavitt
Keturah follows a legendary hart into the king’s forest, where she becomes hopelessly lost. Her strength diminishes until, finally, she realizes that death is near. Little does she know that he is a young, handsome lord, melancholy and stern. Renowned for her storytelling, Keturah is able to charm Lord Death with a story and thereby gain a reprieve but only for twenty-four hours. She must find her one true love within that time or all is lost. Keturah searches desperately while the village prepares for an unexpected visit from the king, and Keturah is thrust into a prominent role as mysterious happenings alarm her friends and neighbors. Lord Death’s presence hovers over this all until Keturah confronts him one last time in the harrowing climax.
‘The Princess Bride’ by William Goldman
Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So, when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts (no survivors) her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairy tale like no other, of fencing, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, bad men, good men, snakes, spiders, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles, and a damn fine story.
‘A Day No Pigs Would Die’ by Robert Newton Peck
Originally published in hardcover in 1972, A Day No Pigs Would Die was one of the first young adult books, along with titles like The Outsiders and The Chocolate War. In it, author Robert Newton Peck weaves a story of a Vermont boyhood that is part fiction, part memoir. The result is a moving coming-of-age story that still resonates with teens today.
Can you name your top 5 YA reads? Share them with us @maximumpopbooks!
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