I recently sat in on an Editor’s Picks: Your Next Big Reads webcast featuring books that will be published in the coming months. A handful of crossover books (written for adults but with strong appeal for teen readers) caught my eye and immediately landed on my TBR list! What makes for a great crossover read? Any combination of the following:
- A teenaged character
- A coming-of-age theme
- A hometown connection
- A unique, attention-grabbing premise
Read on to see the crossover books that I can’t wait to share with students here at Ridley High School!
With the heart and evocative atmosphere of Winter’s Bone and True Grit, and driven by the whip-smart voice of Percy James, this is a blistering debut about a fearless 16-year old girl whose search for her missing mother leads to an unexpected discovery and a life or death struggle in the harsh frozen landscape of the Midwest.
Dodgers is the story of a young man named East who works for an LA drug gang. He and his younger brother are sent to Wisconsin to find a witness connected to a major case. The journey takes East out of a city he’s never left and into an America that is entirely alien to him. Over the course of his journey the book brings in elements from a diverse array of genres, including crime fiction, road narrative, and coming-of-age novel.
This is an unforgettable debut novel about Loretta, a 15-year old married off as a “sister wife” during the mid-1970s, who makes a break for freedom. Daredevils is already being called … wait for it … THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL!
Seventeen years ago, a girl in South Dakota fell through the earth and woke up dozens of feet below ground on the palm of what seems to be a giant metal hand. Today, she is a top-level physicist leading a team of people to understand exactly what that hand is, where it came from, and what it portends for humanity. This is a unique debut that describes a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts. World War Z meets The Martian meets The X-Files!
Which book catches your interest? Leave me a comment and let me know. Happy Reading!