My Friend Amy, who brought us Book Blogger Appreciation Week has a new carnival in the works, the Faith 'n Fiction Saturday.
Each week she will post a blogging prompt, which participating bloggers will answer on their own blogs. Then they head back to the original post and sign Mister Linky! This way we can all come to know each other more closely.
Today I'd like to talk about YA fiction for Christian teens. The Christian fiction market for YA is still quite small and not varied. It seems heavy on fantasy or girly books. Let's be honest.
But that doesn't mean there's not a wealth of great books published in the general market for Christian teens. Today's challenge is to compile a list of recommended books, Christian or general market for Christians teens.
I've been reading a lot of mainstream YA lately and while I enjoy them very much, many of them include some cursing, sex, or drinking that some Christian readers might be offended with. So my list includes Christian YA fiction with some general fiction that shouldn't give problems.
Here's my list:
Diary of a Teenage Girl series by Melody Carlson (Multnomah)
True Colors series by Melody Carlson (NavPress)
Notes from a Spinning Planet series by Melody Carlson (Waterbrook)
It's All About Us series by Shelley Adina (Faithwords)
The Miracle Girls series by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt (Faithwords)
Ruby Unscripted by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma (Thomas Nelson)
Beautiful by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma (Thomas Nelson)
Katie Parker Prodution series by Jenny B. Jones (NavPress)
Secrets of My Hollywood Life series by Jen Calonita (Poppy)
Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita (Poppy)
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
These might have some "mature" themes in it, but I really enjoyed these books
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg (Point)
The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz (Harper Teen)
Crowned by Julie Linker (Simon Pulse)
Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman (Dial)
The Sweet Life of Stella Madison by Lara Zeises (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
When You Wish by Kristin Harmel (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)