For ages 13-18
Sitting at home can he hard – especially if you absolutely cannot go out!
We say – don’t think about Coronavirus too much. Instead, read some amazing books.
Here are top ten recommendations from I Kid You Not for teens
1.To Kill a Mockingbird
This book is a classic written in 1960 and is based in a fictional city of Southern USA . Scout Finch a young girl and daughter of a lawyer Atticus Finch narrates how her father fights hard to save Tom Robinson a black man who is wrongly blamed for crime against a white skinned woman. He could not be saved. Such a fight by Scout’s father causes her life and her brother’s life to be in danger but they are miraculously saved by their neighbour. Harper Lee the author of this book has titled it ‘ To kill a mockingbird’ because it was a local belief that killing a mockingbird is a sin and she hints that the punishing and killing of the black man by the white townsmen was equally a sin.
No on, absolutely no one can write fantasy like Tolkien. If you haven’t read The Hobbit and also The Lord of The Rings – then put down all you’re doing and get these books. Immerse yourself in the world of goblins, misty mountains, adventure and the magical Ring!
It was written by J.R.R Tolkien in 1937. Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit who loves his home and village is made to leave for an adventure to gain the treasure of Smaug the dragon . Through this journey the book shows how strength , wits and confidence can make a life successful. Watch out for the Battle of Five Armies , you’ll be left spell bound!
3.Children of Eden
This is an electrifying series of books which cover the journey of Rowan who is not allowed to live and is kept out from going or doing anything. The Earth has been destroyed and there is life for humans only on Eden. A computer program will take many years to make Earth safe to live on again till then humans have to live on Eden as people of Eden. Rowan being an outcast and illegal child runs away and the book describes her journey into Eden.
4.The Fault in Our Stars
This book written by John Green is about a young girl hazel who is suffering with cancer. She meets a boy Augustus in a cancer help group who leads her to meet the author of her favorite book , Peter Houten.Her cancer was leading her closer to death but despite all odds Augustus takes Hazel to meet the author . Meeting the author turns to be a unfortunate and the book then takes a sudden emotional turn ending the book beautifully. This book is a must read to believe in the magic of life .
Written by Suzanne Collins , this book is narrated by the 16 year old Katniss Everdeen staying in District 12 . The society is ruled by strict dictators who send two people from each district to fight each other till death . Whoever lives by the end of these hunger games is the winner and receives basic food for the entire district. It’s a story of survival , hope and a great adventure through fictional action .
6.The House on Mango Street
Esperanza , a Mexican – American girl embarks on a new journey when her family shifts to a new house on Mango Street in Chicago. Hitting her teenage years , the book narrated by this girl is kind of like her own diary of experiences she faces while growing up in a poor background. A year in the life of Esperanza teaches the reader how a girl tries to distance herself from the tough situations she faces through writing. Emotionally she grows and wishes to escape Mango street as soon as she can but realizes she can never escape it as she will always come back to help her people out.
7.The Curious Incident of The Dog In the Night Time
A mystery novel written in 2003 , the book is narrated by a 15 year old boy Christopher , who has certain deformities like autism. He lives under the lies his father paints about his mother being dead. Mrs Shears , his neighbour accuses the boy of killing her dog with a fork sphere. The boy is investigated by the police but left . This makes the boy begin his own investigation which he records in a book ‘ a murder mystery novel’ . While scavenging things at home he finds unopened letters of his mother addressed to him . These letters were written after he thought his mother was dead. His father confesses on hiding the letters and also confesses killing the dog . Mrs Shears had informed the boy about his mother leaving his father because she liked and now lived with Mr Shears. The boy runs away to London where his mother lived. The mother took her son back and left Mr Shears to live separately as he did not want the boy. The book ends with Christopher’s dad apologizing and gifting him a puppy to regain his trust. Christopher had always been passionate about mathematics and continued to complete his education in university in Mathematics.
8. Little Women
This is a classic book written by Louisa May Alcott . It revolves around the lives of four sisters from the March family. It explores the journey of each woman from childhood to womanhood . Work, love and domestic life are seen through the lens of each of the four sister’s lives. There’s also a movie made on this book which is equally amazing to watch.
9.The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy
A series of comedy science fiction , broadly the book is about the last surviving man , Arthur Dent as Earth is destroyed by a Vogon construction fleet to make a bypass through Earth. Arthur hitchhikes / jumps into a wagon and is saved by Ford Perfect who is a human like alien writer . Arthur and Perfect then explore the galaxy and it’s different humans in this imaginative series of novels.
10.Life of Pi
It’s a journey of survival of Pi Patel who is stranded in the middle of an ocean after a shipwreck with a tiger . Pi narrates his difficulties and learnings with the tiger who’s called Richard Parker. Living with the tiger and surviving , if you want to know how he did it go ahead and dig into this book! The book is also made into a movie which is a delight to watch .
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