Navigating the Teen Fiction Waters

My oldest son is about to enter the teenage years, and I’ve been giving more thought to what he’s reading. I read Young Adult (YA) books myself from time to time, but they are generally books that would appeal more to young women than to young men.

So, where to start in finding good books for your Catholic (or Christian) teen? Try the Facebook group Books for Catholic Teens.

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Author Cynthia Toney started the group when her own search for YA books written by Catholic authors for Catholic teens turned up almost nothing. Without a nearby Catholic bookstore, she searched online, turning up only a handful of authors. Seeing the need for a reliable source of information on such books and authors for Catholics teens, parents, and possibly Catholic educators, the Books for Catholic Teens group was born.

Together with author Amy Cattapan, Cynthia Toney has brought together authors, readers, and parents who are interested in learning about books available for Catholic teens.

The Facebook group formed in October 2015 and has grown to 85 members. Memberships is open to Catholic YA publishing professionals, Catholic youth leaders, and families of Catholic teens.

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Here is the official description:

Focused on connecting Catholic YA authors with Catholic parents, educators, and other Catholic professionals in order to share information about YA books appropriate for Catholic teens ages 13 to18 (approximately grades 7 – 12).

The group is a place where you can learn of new books for Catholic teens, sales on such books, and connect with the authors. Each of the YA books I reviewed this month has been featured in the Facebook group.

You can also follow the group on Pinterest and Instagram whether you are a member or not.

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ajcattapan/books-for-catholic-teens/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/books_for_catholic_teens/

What contemporary books would you recommend for teens?


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