For November we thought it would be nice to delve into some classics again, this time picking three titles from the new Penguin Originals collection. This collection consists of the best and first titles that can be considered as Young Adult Fiction. And as the icing on the cake, all three books are part of a sale going on at Donner! So even if your favorite doesn’t win, you can still buy the others as well!
I Capture the Castle
“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink” is the memorable first line of this enchanting coming-of-age story, told in the form of Cassandra Mortmain’s journal. Cassandra wittily describes life growing up in a crumbling castle, with her father who suffers from crippling writer’s block, her glamorous but ineffectual step-mother and her vain but beloved sister Rose. When two visiting Americans arrive, all of their lives are turned upside down, and Cassandra experiences her first love.
This is a classic coming-of-age story, beloved of generations of teenage and adult readers, by Dodie Smith, who also
wrote The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
The Wave is based on a nightmarish true episode in a Californian high school, when a teacher wanted to demonstrate the dangers of propoganda and group-think. It is one of The Originals from Penguin – iconic, outspoken, first.
Laurie isn’t sure what to make of ‘The Wave’. It had begun as a simple history experiment to liven up their World War II studies and had become a craze that was taking over their lives. Laurie’s classmates are changing from normal teenagers into chanting, saluting fanatics. ‘The Wave’ is sweeping through the school – and it is out of control. Laurie’s friends scoff at her warnings but she knows she must make them see what they have become before it’s too late.
DEAR NOBODY by Berlie Doherty, winner of the Carnegie Medal, is the moving story of two teenagers and an unplanned pregnancy. It is one of The Originals from Penguin – iconic, outspoken, first.
This compelling story is beautifully told from two points of view, brilliantly evoking the feelings of both Helen, in a series of letters to the unborn baby, and of Chris as he reads the letters and relives the events of their relationship while Helen is in labour.
‘I have never read a book that evokes so vividly how it feels to be a teenager in love.’