What gift to give a teenager for Christmas? Ringard, the book? Not so sure… Here is a selection of 10 books that dusted off children’s literature (15-24 years).
According to a study by Ipsos, this age group represents 40% of French readers reporting reading for pleasure. 92% read at least one book a year, and more than two in three say they want to read more.
New reading habits
Often pointed out as the cause of young people’s disinterest in reading, the Internet has, on the contrary, offered them a formidable tool to share their favorites, their disappointments, correspond with their favorite authors or even write their own stories.
Illustration of the phenomenon: the “booktube” trend, imported from the United States and which is now popular in Europe.
The concept is simple, stemming from the contraction of “book” and “YouTube”: young readers realize in front of the camera the chronicles of the books they have just read, present their latest acquisitions, throw themselves challenges…
Here is a selection of this year’s best novelties, to gift your kids.
The ten books to offer for Christmas
Ice Dragon – George R.R. Martin
The father of the best-selling saga “The Iron Throne” launches into children’s literature. In the same universe as “Game of Thrones”, we discover the young Adara, born during winter and friend with an ice dragon. However, in the year she turned seven, fire dragons from the north ravaged the peaceful hamlet where she lived. The little girl and her dragon are the only ones who can bring peace and save the world from destruction.
The book is illustrated by great drawings by Luis Royo, a famous Spanish painter.
Miss Peregrine and the Particular Children (Volumes 1 & 2) – Ransom Riggs
The American bestseller! Remained 63 weeks at the first place of the literary classification of the New York Times, the first volume of this bewitching saga is being adapted by Tim Burton to the cinema.
It follows the story of Jacob, a 16-year-old American teenager who, throughout his childhood, listened to the stories told to him by his grandfather. However, one day, he dies under strange circumstances.
Jacob goes off the coast of Wales, to the island where his grandfather told him that he spent his childhood in a remote orphanage. Jacob wants to understand what happened there, and maybe find the children who shared his grandfather’s life. However, it will not be easy to disentangle the threads of the past…
The object books created by Ransom Riggs are already fascinating in themselves. Their appearance of old photo albums and the portraits scattered throughout the text give them an aura as disturbing as it is attractive.
Les Outrepasseurs (Volumes 1, 2 & 3) – Cindy Van Wilder
A favorite trilogy, the first series of novels for the author, which has already attracted thousands of young readers. The universe is abundant, very well documented and full of historical references.
Peter, a trouble-free London teenager, narrowly escapes an attack and discovers that the attack was directed at him. Taken to a substantial Victorian residence, he meets the members of a secret society, the Outrepasseurs. The revelations of the latter will change the course of his life…
Blacklisted – Cole Gibsen
It was when she found herself on the street at 17 with only her library books as a company that the author promised herself to write a book on teenagers.
A few years later, she delivers a poignant novel on an unfortunately omnipresent subject: school harassment. We discover Regan, a young girl who has everything she could dream of. Until the day his private internet messages are posted on school walls. In a second, she goes from princess to pariah.
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz.
The author already known and recognized by American critics signs his fourth youth novel. A moving story of rare accuracy.
Aristotle, 15, is an angry teenager whose brother is in prison. Dante is a boy of the same age, hyper-expensive, who sees the world in his way. When they meet at the pool, they seem to have nothing in common. They begin to spend time together and develop a deep friendship. One of those life-changing relationships that last forever.