YA Fiction

The Rule of Three. (2014). Eric Walters

Prolific writer Eric Walters never fails to surprise. “A person can last 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food.” What happens when the internet shuts down? Not just the internet, but anything electronic? What happens when you have one of the few old cars in the neighbourhood that still runs because there are no computer chips in it? One’s world becomes smaller and smaller and people will do almost anything to protect what is dear to them. A frighteningly possible dystopic world, desperately held together by the ingenuity and perseverance of three people.

All the Truth That’s in Me. (2013). Julie Berry.

Two girls disappear and only one returns, mutilated and refusing to tell her story, shunned by the religious community who fears her and blames her for the loss of the other girl. At times reminiscent of The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible where silence creates misunderstandings and people believe the worst. Chilling and suspenseful – a very worthwhile read.

Shadow Baby. (2000).  Alison McGhee

An eleven year girl, Clara, discovers that she had a twin who died at birth but her mother refuses to tell her anything about her father or about the circumstances of her birth and has cut off all connections with her grandfather who was also present at the birth. She meets and interviews an elderly man for a school project and invents a life for him as he also will not willingly talk of the past. Beautifully written.


About phansenvsb

I am passionate about teaching reading and writing to a diverse audience from those experiencing challenges in reading and writing to those who seek deep enrichment in literature and its connections to the world in which it was written and to the present day. I also present workshops on assessment for learning, differentiated instruction, literature circles, disciplinary literacy, and inquiry.
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