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.