This week, the BreakPoint site is focusing on a topic important to many families: good books for teenagers.
We've spent a fair amount of time talking about bad books for teenagers. And we've spent a whole boatload of time on Twilight mockery, which, let's face it, is well deserved and a lot of fun. But there's a need for a little balance -- the need to spend some time focusing on the positive and sharing some recommendations for teens. As you know, we believe strongly that fiction matters, and it especially matters in the shaping of young minds and the development of worldviews.
The point of all this is to help you find good books for your preteens and teens, and maybe even start helping them put together a collection. Not everyone will love all of the books that we feature this week, but that’s okay. There’s plenty of room for debate. The important thing is this: Each book we’re going to be talking about has been vetted for us by at least one mature, worldview-oriented Christian adult. So you know that these are not thoughtless or careless recommendations.
You’ll also notice that there will be a wide range of books discussed. You’ll see both classic and contemporary novels, and novels by both Christian and non-Christian authors. There’s a reason for that. Again, this week is all about books you can say “yes” to. We want to help you show your kids how to practice thoughtful discernment, rather than just saying a knee-jerk “no way!” to every contemporary or secular book that crosses their paths.
With that in mind, here's the schedule for Teen Fiction Week:
Monday: Feature article by Christian book blogger and homeschooling mom Sherry Early, on her ten favorite Young Adult novels of 2010.
Tuesday: List of some favorite teen novels by members of the BreakPoint staff, with an invitation for you readers to share some of your own favorites and your kids' favorites.
Thursday: Excerpt from Beautifulby Cindy Martinusen-Coloma, with an author Q&A.
Friday: Capsule review of, and excerpt from, Invasion by Jon Lewis.
We hope this weeklong event will be a help and an inspiration to parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, godparents -- all people who have a teenager in their lives that they care about. And most of all, to the teens themselves.