Wondering what to read? Try these books…

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Reading is one of the common pastimes among people during holidays. However, one of the major dilemmas before youngsters is to determine what books to read and what not? We asked a few authors/ publishers to list us a few books which are a must read for today’s teenagers. Below are their suggestions:

Tina Narang, publisher, HarperCollins Children’s book

  1. For those who prefer dystopian fiction, there is Veronica Roth’s Divergent and Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogies;
  2. For pure fantasy lovers, there is Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy;
  3. Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ is a stellar book on body image;
  4. For an absolutely spellbinding visual and reading experience, read Brian Selznick’s Invention of Hugo Cabret;
  5. Markus Zusak’s truly compelling novel, The Book Thief.
  6. For those looking for lyrical, literary masterpieces, there are Michael Morpurgo’s novels, the latest being Flamingo Boy.
  7. Then there are Indian authors like Shabnam Minwalla’s recently published What Maya Saw, Revathi Suresh’s Jobless Clueless Reckless, and Sampurna Chattarji’s Ela.
  8. In the hugely popular graphic novel genre, there is Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, the brilliantly illustrated ‘2’ by Paro Anand and Orjan Persson, and the newest of them all, Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani.

Shaguna VN Gahilote, author of the book, Curious Tales from the Himalayas

  1. For teenagers who love reading mysteries and detective novels: Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys or comics – Marvel, DC or the new ones from Campfire.
  2. For kids who are not too fond of reading, try comics or the good old Amar Chitra Katha(it has some new titles).
  3. Regional literature, for example, Hindi readers can go for Premchand’s short stories if not novels.
  4. Authors like Roald Dahl and Ruskin Bond.
  5. If those who love illustrations in books, read Anitha Balachandran.
  6. Of course there is Harry Potter. It opens a whole new world of imagination and expression.

Sharat Kumar, author of the book, The White Marble Burzi And Other Stories

  1. To kill a Mocking bird by Harper Lee has always been an all-time favourite which every teenager must read, as most adults invariably do.
  2. Authors like Ruskin Bond and R.K. Narayan. They have simple and beautiful stories written in easy language which every child can relate to.
  3. Other authors include Roald Dahl and J.K. Rowling. Their stories are high on imagination.

Sonal Sachdev Patel and Jemma Wayne-Kattan, authors of the children book, Gita: The Battle of the Worlds

  1. Classics like – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  2. For younger teens – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Peter Pan by J.M Barrie, or books by Roald Dahl.
  3. For children who are not yet teenagers – Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot.

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