On April 20, 2018, PBS released a list of America’s 100 best-loved novels, chosen in support of The Great American Read, a new PBS series that celebrates the joy of reading.
Check out the full list of America’s 100 favorite novels, which were selected through a demographically representative national survey conducted by YouGov. The books that were chosen span five centuries, from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes to Ghost by Jason Reynolds. Authors from 15 different countries are represented, with genres ranging from beloved children’s classics such as Charlotte’s Web by
E.B. White to modern best-sellers such as Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
The series began with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Over the following months, PBS will count down the books from 100 to 1. Americans are encouraged to vote for “America’s Most Beloved Book,” and results will be released on October 23, 2018.
Remember that LFPL’s Summer Reading is beginning and that many of these books are age appropriate for children and teens. They would be great selections for kids to read or to have read to them. For more information about the Summer Reading program or the 2018 Cultural Pass, stop your local library branch or call our JustAsk line at (502) 574-1611.
Sophie Kinsella, best known for her Shopaholic series for adults, takes a stab at teen fiction with Finding Audrey, the story of a 14 year old who suffers from a severe social anxiety disorder. Throughout the book the reader is aware that Audrey wasn’t always the socially avoidant person she has become, something happened at school the previous year that has made her unable to even look another person in the eyes. She wears dark glasses, doesn’t leave the house, and the very thought of many social situations leaves her in bed for days.
The reader joins Audrey at an important moment in her life; she is stuck with what is left of her after ‘”an incident” involving several other classmates. Audrey is slowly progressing towards feeling better with the help of her chaotic and hilarious family and Dr. Sarah. Then Linus enters Audrey’s life. A friend of her brother’s, Linus is able to help Audrey talk through her feels and offers support in a way she felt safe and comfortable. As her personal health improves a sweet romance blooms between Linus and Audrey that makes you feel all warm inside.
This is a great summer read, newly published, and sure to make you feel great. It’s warm and gooey with hilarious family moments. Laptops of chucked from windows, video game tournaments are lost, and at the heart of it all a serious message of teenage bullying and learning to overcome fears. We never learn exactly what happened to Audrey – though we get small glimpses. I think the not knowing makes the title more accessible to readers who might come to the book with a variety of issues in their own life.
There have been many teen books on the market that specifically detail the type of trauma their character has endured and while I find those helpful I think the flexibility of ambiguity. It also ensures the book remains overall upbeat and light – we get the PSA without feeling low at the end. I laughed so many times with this book, I hope you will too. Enjoy!
Formats Available: Book (Regular Print)
Reviewed by Lindsay, Southwest Branch
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