Tag: Young Adult books

The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen and other Young Adult fiction characters

Eagerly awaited by fans around the world, The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 arrives in cinemas this weekend. Memorably brought to the big screen by Jennifer Lawrence, Katniss Everdeen has become one of the most popular book characters of recent times. Joined by a supporting cast including Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mallark, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Donald Sutherland as President Snow and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in the film adaptations, she’s equally enduring in the novels. But Katniss is not the only character from young adult fiction to have quickly established herself as a favourite with young readers…

Tris PriorDivergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth

In a dystopian Chicago, residents are forced to live in separate factions of a broken society as soon as they reach the age of 16. When she arrives, Tris is shocked by the horrifying actions of her faction and goes on the run… With impossible choices to make, Tris is a character that grows and evolves throughout Veronica Roth’s books which find her faced with horrible situations. Brilliantly portrayed on the big screen by The Descendants and The Fault In Our Stars’ Shailene Woodley, Tris is a truly memorable heroine.

 

ThomasThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

Waking up in a strange place with no idea of who he is other than his name, Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien in the film adaptation) is the unwitting hero of James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy. Fast-paced and gripping throughout, these bestselling books follow Thomas as he leads a group of boys – and one girl – known as the Gladers as they battle to discover how they ended up in the Glade and just who has put them in such a dangerous and unbelievable place…

 

Clary FrayThe Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Clary – played on the big screen by Phil Collins’ daughter Lily Collins – was just a normal teenage girl living in New York City until she saw the brutal murder of an evil demon. Soon she’s transported into an (under)world of forbidden love with Shadowhunter Jace Herondale and vampires, werewolves and more… A character with normal teenage issues and interests who finds herself in a quite extraordinary situation throughout Cassandra Clare’s books, which begin with City of Bones.

 

Todd Hewitt and Viola EadeChaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

Created by A Monster Calls and More Than This author Patrick Ness; Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade find themselves a long way from the Prentisstown they know in The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men. Battling through compelling and disturbing experiences that cover everything from war and gender politics to the sometimes ever-so-slight difference between good and evil, the duo quickly become heroes as they aim to survive and thrive.


If I Stay – in cinemas now! Buy the book for just £3.99

If I Stay

If your eyes still haven’t dried out from the phenomenally popular adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, then be prepared to make another order for jumbo-sized tissues – the film version of Gayle Forman’s bestseller If I Stay is in cinemas now. A heartbreaking and poignant story, it will appeal to a similar audience and has an actor equally as talented and popular as Shailene Woodley in the lead role – Chloe Grace Moretz, the star of Hugo, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kick-Ass and the upcoming adaptation of the Red House Children’s Book Award-winning The 5th Wave.

As the film brings Gayle Forman’s tearjerker to a whole new audience, many will be looking to find out where it all began… and Red House has a very special film tie-in paperback edition of If I Stay available for just £3.99, a saving of £4 off the RRP. A favourite with many young adult readers (and an all-time classic over at Sophie’s BookTube), the book follows the life of 17-year-old Mia, a girl who seems to have everything going for her as she looks towards a bright future. Surrounded by a loving family, the closest friends and a boyfriend whose band are set to be world famous, things are looking good… But then, the car crash happens.

Now alone and in a coma, Mia will have to face a difficult choice… Should she stay alive or let everything go and drift off with her family? As she weighs up her decision in her subconscious state, the reader feels her every aching pain as she has to find the courage to weigh up the toughest decision of her life. Heart-wrenching, poignant and an emotional look at the choices we have to make, this book will raise a few tears but keep you gripped and rooting for Mia as she clings on to her last remnants of hope and realises there is always potential in the future…

Available from Red House for just £3.99, our version of If I Stay contains interviews with the film adaptation’s lead actors Chloe Moretz and Jamie Blackley.


Guest blog: Firm favourites from young adult fiction

Abby, currently on work experience with us here at the Book People, talks about some of her favourite young adult stories, from classics to  contemporary books she believes will soon be considered so,  in this guest blog:

‘While I will read practically any book put in front of me from the trashiest chick lit to ‘On The Origin Of Species’, there are a few firm favourites that I come back to time and time again. These well-thumbed volumes are kept in pride of place on my book shelf and are perfect for those evenings when I just want to return to something I know and love. These are also the books that I recommend to any friend who shows a passing interest in books and reading- and just so will I recommend them to you!

 

To Kill A Mockingbird’ was the contemporary novel I studied during the second year of my English Literature GCSE and it was then that I fell in love with Scout, Atticus and Jem’s story. A true modern classic, To Kill A Mockingbird discusses the topics of prejudice and justice in 1930s American society and was awarded a Pulitzer prize a year after publication for its mature discussion of contemporary issues. This book is brilliant in so many ways and is an obligatory growing-up novel.

 

Although every Young Adult bookshelf is teeming with Science Fiction, ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ by Madeleine L’Engle should be a staple. Telling the story of Meg Murry’s extraordinary adventure to find her father, the book is never predictable, always exciting and definitely worth a read.

 

Amid the huge media storm that surrounded the film release, I decided to read ‘Life Of Pi’ and find out whether it was worth the hype or the million dollar-animated tiger. Well- the short answer is yes. Pi, an Indian boy, during his family’s voyage to a new life in Canada, is marooned as the lone survivor of a ship wreck… apart from a tiger, an orangutan, a zebra and a hyena. While the book is engaging in itself, it also promotes a thought-provoking discussion on religion at its conclusion. Anyone who fancies something a little different this summer should give this inspiring book a go.

 

Teenage life means something different for everyone but for Adrian Mole, it means unrequited love, pimples and bad (but extremely pretentious) poetry. ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾’ is one of the funniest books I’ve read, and may have inspired a couple of bad diaries and awful verses!

 

Everyone had heard of ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ after John Green landed an incredible movie deal starring Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley; but in my opinion, many are missing out on John Green’s finest work, his debut novel: ‘Looking For Alaska. Many of my friends have heard me wax lyrical on the story of Miles Halter, a boy with a thirst for biographies, last words and something new. He finds all of these things and more when he joins Culver Creek, in pursuit of ‘the Great Perhaps’ which is embodied by his new friend, Alaska Green. As a book that manages to be well written and poignant, inspiring and funny: it should also be on your book list.#

 

Before I Die’ is as much of a tear jerker as it sounds, telling the story of a leukaemia sufferer with just a few months left to live. However, it is also delivered with energy and wit which carries the story through the final difficult months of Tessa’s illness. A poignant and moving novel, I would definitely recommend it to fans of Jodi Picoult and The Fault In Our Stars.

The world of Young Adult fiction is constantly growing and evolving with new titles being released every day. But if you’re looking for a starting point among that mound of fiction, here it is.’


The Savages and American Savage – a brilliant two-course meal of reading

The Savages Matt WhymanAmerican Savage Matt Whyman

Published in the summer of last year, bestselling author Matt Whyman’s The Savages was a favourite here at the Book People. To celebrate the release of the much-anticipated sequel American Savage, we have a very special offer – you can get the new book for half the price of its RRP when you buy the original for just £3.49, meaning you’ll get both books for under £7. Now, that’s a tasty offer if ever we’ve seen one…

Dark, slightly disturbing and bitingly satirical, the first Savages book told the story of Sasha Savage as she fell in love with Jack Greenway – a boy who was everything a girl could ever want. Although he is a vegetarian – and Sasha and her family like to have a bit more meat on their plates… They’re not sure he’ll fit in to their outlook on life and food. Darkly delicious humour, a dysfunctional family and thought-provoking issues made it a book well worth taking a bite out of…

Now after that starter, the Savage family have returned for another serving, relocating to the land of Super Size meals… American Savage finds them hiding in plain sight as they run a surprisingly successful vegan cafe in the Sunshine State of Florida. Will they be able to hold onto their cannibalistic secret in a new country or will the knives (and forks) be out for them?

Books to be savoured, you’ll love tucking into the stories of The Savages.

Buy The Savages for £3.49 and get its sequel American Savage for just £3.49 too.


Queen of Teen 2014 – Veronica Roth

The countdown to crowning the new Queen of Teen is on! Here at the Book People we thought we’d take a closer look at those young adult authors lucky enough to be shortlisted. To find out more about Queen of Teen, the authors’ teen books, and cast your vote, visit www.queenofteen.co.uk.

Veronica Roth Queen of Teen

Veronica Roth

After writing the Divergent series, which has subsequently inspired a popular Hollywood run of films, Veronica Roth is regarded as one of the brightest new talents in literature. The Hunger Games meets I Am Number Four in the Divergent series and Tris is surely up there with Katniss Everdeen as one of the most inspirational characters from modern young adult fiction.

Set in a dilapidated version of her hometown of Chicago, Roth mixed science fiction, politics and a love story to great effect in the Divergent series. A novel which urged young readers to ask questions about the world in which they lived – and what it could become – these are important reads that became global bestsellers almost instantly, and with the success of the film, are still appealing to new readers now. At just 25 years old, Veronica Roth is already an author tipped for bigger and better things. Can she be Queen of Teen 2014 too? Vote for Veronica at www.queenofteen.co.uk/vote


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