Recommendations

Following Michael Gove's decision to remove To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men from the curriculum and concentrate on British authors, I thought it would be interesting to recommend YA books written by authors outside of the UK. Its not that there aren't good British authors - there are many of them. However, reading widely in terms of genre, style, setting and author is the ideal. Authors from outside the UK are able to show us a world we may not be familiar with - and that has to be a good thing.

Here are just a few of the many books suitable for teen readers, written by non-UK authors:

Spud by John van de Ruit - a South African author writing about boarding school life in South Africa against the backdrop of a changing political climate. Hilarious, moving and thought provoking.

Themba - A Boy Called Hope by Lutz van Dijk - a German/Dutch author writing about life in South Africa and the effects of AIDS.

Once by Maurice Gleitzman - Australian author writing about WW2 from the perspective of a young Jewish boy. Moving and beautifully written.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Australian author writing about WW2 from the perspective of death.

Q&A by Vikas Swarup - Indian author with a fantastic story based in India. It is the book the film Slumdog Millionaire is based on.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - American author who wrote a gentle book set in rural America - both lovely and heartbreaking.

The Outsiders by S E Hinton - American author often associated with the creation of the YA genre. A beautifully written and thought provoking book set in small town America. Still relevant today.

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel - Canadian author writing about the survival of a boy and a group of circus animals on a raft - stimulating and imaginative.

Vango by Timothee de Fombelle - French author who has written a fantasy adventure book with a distinct European flavour. 

The Outsider by Albert Camus - French author who wrote about society and the man. A thought provoking book, beautifully written. 

Earth Dragon Fire Hare by Ken Catran - An author from New Zealand writing about the forgotten war in Malaysia that took place after WW2.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - German author writing an imaginative and enthralling fantasy book.

 

 


Bridge To Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

Author: Katherine Paterson
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren
Earth Dragon Fire Hare

Earth Dragon Fire Hare

Author: Ken Catran
Publisher: HarperCollins
Inkheart

Inkheart

Author: Cornelia Funke
Publisher: Scholastic
Once

Once

Author: Morris Gleitzman
Publisher: Puffin
Q & A

Q & A

Author: Vikas Swarup
Publisher: Black Swan
Spud

Spud

Author: John van de Ruit
Publisher: Penguin
The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: Black Swan
The Life Of Pi

The Life of Pi

Author: Yann Martel
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
The Outsider

The Outsider

Author: Albert Camus
Publisher: Penguin Modern Classic
The Outsiders

The Outsiders

Author: S.E. Hinton
Publisher: Puffin Modern Classics
Themba  A Boy Called Hope

Themba A Boy Called Hope

Author: Lutz van Dijk
Publisher: Aurora Metro Books
Vango

Vango

Author: Timothee de Fombelle
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd