Ever since the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer became successful, the teen fiction scene has been flooded with books on all things paranormal. It didn’t help that the books were subsequently made into movies that were highly popular with their target audience, fueling the craze for such literature. This has had a spillover effect on the adult fiction scene as well.
A teenage reader once remarked she felt overwhelmed to see so many of such titles when she went to the teen section of the library. Needless to say, this was a result of the surge in the publishing of paranormal titles, thanks to publishers jumping on the lucrative Twilight bandwagon. It’s no wonder we have werewolves, trolls, giants, zombies, and even mermaids gracing the storyline of any book one randomly picks out from the teen book shelves.
Fret not, dear readers. We have a rich collection of non-vampire, interesting, and good titles in our libraries for teen readers. In this new series, I will regularly highlight four such titles for your reading pleasure.
And here they are:
Seventeen-year-old Althea endeavours to secure a rich husband for herself, which brings about all kinds of unwanted results. Kindl injects humour into this 19th-century historical tale, reminiscent of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
This book re-imagines the medieval Robin Hood legend, with a twist. Disguised as a man in Robin Hood’s troop of Merry Men, Scarlet is a fiercely independent female thief who expertly wields knives, but has a soft spot for Robin. Scarlet is certainly not for the faint-hearted – the dangers, adventures, and swashbuckling fight scenes will leave you breathless!
This award-winning contemporary story by Australian author Crowley is an engrossing read told in alternating chapters by two artists Ed and Lucy, who embark on an all-night search for the elusive graffiti artist, Shadow. The night becomes a moving journey of self-discovery with characters that resonate and connect with the reader.
Another contemporary novel, written in free verse. Waiting captures the numbing grief of teenager London, who has to deal with a terrible and tragic loss. The novel grips one from the opening line: “after it happened, no one in school would talk to me”.
Contributed by vegpiranha