Lloyd Alexander is one of my favorite authors and I heard him say one time that the only difference between books for kids and books for adults is: “in children’s books you always find hope.” I sometimes wonder if he would still say that if he were alive today given the darkness in recent Young Adult titles. The point, however, is that you will find the same excellent, mediocre, or poor writing; the same need to be discriminating, the same possibilities for wonder and captivating reading. And who doesn’t need to “find hope!"
Some titles sold for children and adopted by adults as their own are:
ADULT FAVORITES PUBLISHED FOR KIDS
- The Agency Series by Y.S. Lee (Victorian mystery series)
- Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan
- Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
- Pie by Sarah Weeks
- Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
- Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
- Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky etc. by Terry Pratchett
- The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
- Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- Inkheart Series by Cornelia Funke
Try them out for your summer reading.