Blogger: Rachel Kent
I’m beyond excited that my nephew asked for books for his birthday! He turned 14 on Sunday. I looked and looked for books that I thought were just right for him and then decided I couldn’t be the one to make this decision. He’s at that in-between age where he likes adult books and teen books and I don’t know what he’s already read.
So my solution: I told him I would take him for a trip to the bookstore and he can pick out his own books! I remember LOVING trips to the bookstore and I am not sure he goes very often in this digital age. I took him more when he was a tiny guy and we haven’t been to the bookstore together in a long time. We are also going out to breakfast. It is going to be an awesome trip.
It is unfortunate that teen books are getting increasingly dark these days. While I was looking at books I found it hard to find something that I would want him to be reading. I understand that the world is a tough place–but do our teens really need to be forced into exploring these dark places with what they are reading? I am glad that we will be able to page through the books at the book store to look for foul language and questionable content. This is one of the many reasons why bookstores are invaluable. We no longer have a Christian bookstore in our area. Picking a book at a Christian store comes with a sense of safety. You know what won’t be in the book and anything that is dark in the book is handled with thought and care. When I was a teenager we would shop at the Family Christian Store for books all the time!
I have always enjoyed representing Christian YA fiction but it is becoming increasingly hard to sell, unfortunately. I do still try to find homes for new YA-genre authors because I passionately want more books for teens like my nephew and (eventually) my own kids.
Do you have any fiction suggestions for Christian teens? I’d love to hear what you or your teens have enjoyed!
Here are some books I recommend Christian teens check out:
The Story Peddler by Lindsay Franklin
Betrayal of the Band by Sarah Tipton
Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis