when asked to speak of life-changing books, teens named just two books written for teens

Saturday, January 5, 2013

I asked my YoungArts students to tell me about books that changed their idea of language and story.  Of the dozens of books celebrated and assessed, just two were books published (at least in this country) for teens.

I wonder if you can guess which two they were.

Upping the ante:  The first person to guess correctly and leaves that guess in a comment here, will win a copy of Small Damages.  Why not?  I'm in the book giveaway mood.

23 comments:

kelly said...

Harry. Flippin'. Potter. (This is my guess, while hoping it isn't true.)

Beth Kephart said...

I'm sorry, kellykellykelly, but you are so wrong.

Snorkle said...

To Kill a Mockingbird and The Hobbit.

A.S. King said...

Oh I do dislike guessing games because I want to know! But I'll say: The Book Thief and Twilight. <---look how I put those books in the same sentence.

a. a. omer said...

Mmmm...Hunger Games? The Fault in our Stars by John Green? Haven't read that one but heard good things...

DennisinHouston said...

Stab in the dark: Catcher in the Rye, Diary of Anne Frank.

Q said...

The Book Thief and (perhaps?) Looking For Alaska?

patti.mallett_pp said...

"Stay" or "Speak"

I can't find my copy of "Stay" to get the author, should know it but am forgetting.

"Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson

patti.mallett_pp said...

"Wonder" by R. J. Palacio

Serena said...

I'm going to go with these two:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Though I'm not sure they both qualify given your parameters. Not sure if you mean classics or new books, either.

I can't wait to see who wins and what the winning books were

Jeannine Atkins said...

I love this question and am so curious. I'm glad we got Harry Potter out of the way, though I might have guessed that. I wouldn't be surprised to see one of John Green's novels that have been guessed, and Tolkien, but he didn't publish for teens. Because I'm scratching my head I'm going with old generation wishful thinking and saying Little Women.

aphollywood said...

The Adventures of Pinocchio!

Beth Kephart said...

oh, gosh, I am loving these responses. Many of you are close. King, your pairing Cracks Me Up

Melissa Sarno said...

Catcher In The Rye and To Kill A Mockingbird. I don't need a prize. I just need to win.

DarcyO said...

I'll go with two of my daughter's favorites:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

Laurie, Caitlin and Meg said...

The Great Gatsby and The Giver are my choices:)

Laurie

kelly said...

I really really hope it's The Book Thief. That would give me such hope for society.

A.S. King said...

Okay. How about The Book Thief and Feed by MT Anderson.
Or anything by MT Anderson, for that matter.

Liviania said...

(I don't need to win . . . )

I'll guess The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

DarcyO said...

OK, so it's The Book Thief and then I'll guess The Giver by Lois Lowry.

debbi said...

SOYLENT GREEN FOR ME

debbi said...

catcher in the rye here

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