Newsflash: kids love fantasy & sci-fi! Yolanda Hood and Kelly Stern came to the Iowa Library Association 2009 Annual Conference to talk about how fantasy and science fiction have become a lot more accessible to teens (and grownups) who don’t necessarily love “high-fantasy.” They had lots of cool titles to recommend to librarians who want to connect with their teen users; these are 5 of my favorites:
A Taste for Red by Lewis Harris
Stephanie, aka “Svetlana,” is a goth-clad sixth grader who eats exclusively red foods, sleeps under her bed, and discovers that she can control people with her mind. She’s also convinced that she’s a vampire. Stephanie / Svetlana has a new teacher, Mrs. Larch, and she thinks they might have something in common! For instance, Mrs. Larch has a suspiciously dark wardrobe… But is Mrs. Larch really on her side? Reader beware: this book has one really dark scene with a dead body; its probably best for 3rd-7th graders.