Category Archives: YA Bookshelf

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


A blind French girl, Marie Laurie, escapes to her great-uncle’s house in Saint-Malo, France with her father during World War II.  When her father is imprisoned, Marie Laurie assists the resistance in her town along with the help of her great-uncle. She also guards a secret that her father left with her. Marie Laurie crosses paths with Werner, a young German soldier, and they save each other in more ways than one. This beautiful novel  is told in alternating voices & is highly recommended for young adult fans of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It is also good for teens who enjoy a layered story told with nuanced  language. This is an adult book with adult themes so it is recommended for older teens.

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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party


The author M.T. Anderson sets out to describe the indescribable. In Revolutionary-era  Boston, Octavian’s role in the household is slowly revealed through diaries, letters, and other manuscripts . It is a moving but horrific tale that discusses slavery, freedom, intellectual life & human nature. Written for grades 9 & up – Adults will find this is a fascinating story told in an original voice. Highly recommended.

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

This is a realistic portrait of a teen who survives a meltdown of a nuclear power plant, the loss of her family & homelessness. She is plagued by heartbreaking, disastrous choices. This is a fascinating book for older teens & new adults moving into adult fiction. Check out the Authors Website & Book Trailer here:

YA Bookshelf @ LML

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The section of our blog marked “YA Bookshelf” will be dedicated to Crossover books – New Adult books that Teens will love & New Young Adult books that Adults will enjoy.  For a more complete list of Adult Books that Teens will love,you can refer to the excellent site YALSA’s Alex Awards