Ever since the popularity of children's books such as "Harry Potter," and Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight," it has become more socially acceptable for adults to read children's or young adult fiction. That is a good thing. There are many first-class authors writing for a younger audience and their work should not be ignored by adults. Also, many adult authors, seeing this trend, are capitalizing on the huge potential for finding a new audience and are thus now publishing books with children and teens in mind.
Here are some series that you (and your teens — if they haven't read them already) don't want to miss:
Have you heard of the latest teen book series sensation called The Hunger Games? Suzanne Collins' latest book, "Mockingjay" (released August 2010) concludes the exciting trilogy involving Katniss Everdeen. The books are set in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by the powerful government of "The Capitol." The Hunger Games, televised events where children from each district must fight to the death, were set up to remind the outlying districts who had the power. The characters struggle with survival and humanity in a brutal society. These gripping books have captivated teens — and adults with their compelling circumstances, strong characters and engrossing plots.