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This weekend, fans of Harry Potter and the legions of other young adult fantasy books will gather at the Oregon Convention Center for the fourth LeakyCon. Organizer say last year’s event in Chicago drew around 4,000 fans, who came to see the movies’ bit part actors, listen to Potter-inspired rock and argue about Severus Snape and freewill versus fate.
Late last year, a publishing industry study found that most of young adult fiction is bought by adults. And of those adults, most of them are buying it for themselves. YA fiction, as it’s called, is much more than the dystopian thrillers like The Hunger Games or the fanged romances like Twilight, though both series are still YA behemoths. There are the realist stories like The Lucy Variations or Going Out of My Mind, historical fiction like Falcon in the Glass, and the Portland-fantasy of Wildwood.
Here’s 10 books O’Dell recommended for YA summer reading:
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod (graphic novel edition) by Heather Brewer
The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist
Doll Bone by Holly Black
Falcon in the Glass by Susan Fletcher (local author)
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry (local author)
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Poison by Bridget Zinn (local author)
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man by Brian Bendis (Spider-Man is an African-American teen in this graphic novel)
Unlucky Charms by Adam Rex
What YA fiction has sparked your interest? If there are teens in your home, who gets first dibs on the latest book in a series: the adults or the teens?
- Katie O’Dell: Youth services director for Multnomah County Library