The outstanding books on the Michigan Reading Association’s Great Lakes Great Books list are chosen by a committee of teachers and librarians from throughout the state, and that committee meets right here at the Peter White Public Library. This year in particular, the Young Adult (YA) books on the GLGB list are wonderful choices for high school students as well as adults far beyond their teen years. Here are three of the books nominated for students in Grades 9 to 12 to read and evaluate before voting for their favorites. All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry is a book full of mystery.
Though it feels like historical fiction, Berry cleverly left her story’s
time and place undefined. Four years ago, Judith and her best friend
disappeared from their small town. Two years later only Judith returned,
mutilated, shunned by everyone in her puritanical town and unable to
speak. Luckily for the reader Judith’s narrative voice remains strong,
clear and full of passion as she silently tells her story to the young man
she has secretly loved since childhood. Touching on the power of language,
the right to education and the horrors of war, Berry delivers a powerful
and disturbing book.
If you enjoy a fun story with plenty of food for thought, check out Every
Day by David Levithan. Everymorning “A” wakes up in a different person’s
body, living that person’s life, with no warning or control over which
body and life he’ll assume. Even under the circumstances, “A” has
developed a strong sense of self and a good moral compass. He has figured
out the rules and has come to accept this existence, until the day he assumes
Justin’s body and falls head over heels in love with Justin’s girlfriend
Rhiannon. Can Rhiannon love him back? Is it possible to truly love someone
no matter what they look like on the outside?