I’ve been reading a ridiculous amount of books lately… like 14 since the beginning of March. Considering the fact that I teach full time and have two young children, that’s nothing short of miraculous. Most of them have been young adult books, but a few grown-up books have crept in my reading queue. I’ve actually gotten to the point where I kind of prefer the the young adult literature… more fun, less pretentious. (By the way, as Barnes and Noble is one of my very favorite places, all links go to the B&N website.)
Here are some highlights:
Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita. Cute, cute, cute. She wrote the Secrets of My Holloywood Life series, which is also great… good, wholesome, clean fun. I have no qualms at all about recommending her books to middle school girls.
The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler. This is a great book for any girls going through changes in their families… parent divorce, etc. It’s a great read – very well written, and completely appropriate for middle schoolers. Totally made me want to bake and decorate some cupcakes.
It’s All About Us by Shelley Adina. This is the first in a series about a group of high school girls who attend the exclusive Spencer Academy in San Fransisco. The book is high interest and fast paced, and I LOVE that Adina is a Christian who can write a young adult novel that is clean, faith-filled, and not at all preachy or cheesy. (I’m on the fourth book now… we’ll see if I can finish it tonight, which would make four books in four days!)