Reading Riot: Faith-Based Books Offer Inspiration
Realistic young adult fiction can sometimes be a bit dark and depressing. In contrast, occasionally we get requests for books that have less emphasis on teen angst and more emphasis on faith. Read on for Christian fiction recommendations available in our young adult collection.
The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson combines the historical fiction of courtiers and aristocracy with adventure and romance. In 1413, Margaretha hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, will be her one true love, but when an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook, Margaretha is drawn into a plot, not knowing who is telling the truth.
A Simple Song by Melody Carlson flashes readers forward to the modern-day music industry. Katrina has the voice of an angel, but her Amish parents believe singing is prideful vanity. When Katrina wins a ticket to sing in Hollywood, her life is turned upside down.
Celebrity life is also the theme in Starring Me by Krista McGee when a spunky New York teen auditions to star in a new teen variety show. But there’s a catch to winning the role. Will Kara have to give up her acting dream when she learns that her audition starring a big-time teen celebrity hinges on her relationship with God?
Middle school can be tough. In So Not Okay by Nancy Rue, Tori, a quiet sixth grader turns to prayer and God’s teachings in deciding whether to help a bullied classmate. This is the first in the series Mean Girl Makeover which takes an honest look at bullying.
Want more suggestions? Stop by the reference desk at your local library for a more complete list of Christian fiction available in our young adult collection.
∼Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
For book lists, program highlights and staff suggestions for young adult readers published prior to January 2015, visit Reading Riot, our blog about the best books, events and websites for teen.