Today's Genre: Young Adult.
Young Adult: Novels targeted toward young adult readers ages 12 through 18. The stories in this category can be dramatic, comedic, romantic, or non-romantic. Science Fiction/Fantasy/Allegory stories targeted primarily at young adult readers can be entered in this category.
I don't read a lot of YA, though we have a lot of it in the house. My kids are enamored of Donita K. Paul's work, Bryan Davis, Brian Jacques, Christopher Paolini, C.S. Lewis, Stephen Lawhead, Randy Mortensen, and others, mostly YA fantasy.
I read a lot of YA books when I was a kid, books by Silliman, Balch, Wells, Young, Henry, and more. I still have a lot of them, and dip into them from time to time to refresh myself. There's just something so urgent and vital about teen literature. Lessons learned last a lifetime, relationships formed and choices made shape the characters and us into the people we will be as adults. YA books are very compelling.
The last and best YA I've read was Me, Just Different by Stephanie Morrill. Steph is so talented, and she 'gets' YA readers. This book is making the rounds of the youth group at my church, and the girls are raving.
Do you read YA? Do you write it? Did you have favorite YA authors when you were a teen?