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YA Reads for Adults – August 2014

There are so many great titles being published for the teen market that can also be enjoyed by adults. Some are referring to these crossover titles as New Adult.  Check out Brodart’s list of hot, new titles that will appeal to both teen and adult readers.  There’s well-known, as well as, debut authors, a mix of genres, and interesting plots and characters to keep any age reader engaged.    View the entire list here.

Falling into PlaceFalling into Place by Amy Zhang

Liz Emerson, a high school junior, tries to commit suicide by crashing her car into a tree.  She’s taken to the hospital and is stuck somewhere between life and death.  Both friends and enemies visit Liz and the twisted truth of what pushed her to this point is told through flashbacks.  Learn more and order here.

If You're Reading ThisIf You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy

15-year-old Mike starts to receive letters that his father wrote while in Afghanistan seven years ago, before he was killed.  Mike takes comfort in each letter as he struggles to take care of his emotionally distraught family, and tries to follow the advice that his father gives.  Mike must also find the person that held on to the letters the past seven years and discover what really happened to his father.  Learn more and order here.

Zac and MiaZac & Mia by A.J. Betts

17-year-old Zac meets outspoken Mia, a fellow cancer patient, during a leukemia treatment.  Their story is told from each teen’s perspective as they form a friendship and try to see beyond their sickness.  Learn more and order here.

Hunt for the Bamboo RatHunt for the Bamboo Rat by Graham Salisbury

Zenji, a 17-year-old high school graduate, plans on being a translator in the Phillipines but the Army sends him to spy on the Japanese.  Zenji endures hardship and fights to survive as he’s lost for months in the jungle, knowing that if he compromises his cover as an American citizen, he will be tortured.  Based on a true story.  Learn more and order here.

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