so many books

In advance of his talk at the Noblesville Library on Sept. 9, Bill Kenley shared his Top 6 YA Books via Twitter. In case you missed it, here they are — with a bit more than 140 characters each.

1. Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

“I loved this book. It taught me about girls and helped me not be an idiot boy (at least not a complete idiot boy) when I was in junior high.”

2. The Giver by Lois Lowry

“I wasn’t a teenager when I read this. I was in college. I loved the slow burn of it. Lowry’s prose is still worth checking out for its understatement.”

3. I Am The Cheese by Robert Cormier

“One of the best unreliable narrator stories ever. And it’s a realistic drama, not horror!”

4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

“It’s not a perfect book, but it has some perfect moments. Like when the protagonist talks about why he loves white girls.”

5. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

“This may have created the genre. S.E. Hinton both took young readers seriously and went completely over the top with the drama in this story. It feels both realistic and operatic. That’s quite a feat.”

6. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

“I found this book on the hallway floor at my high school. Someone dropped it. What a treasure! It fades a little in the second half, but I’ve never been as captivated by a book for the first fifty pages.”