Books recommended for children and adolescents between 8 and 15 years

Every day, parents and educators wonder how to bring children and adolescents closer to reading, but they know little about the publications that are distributed in our country and are aimed at this audience. Today we are sharing some titles.

Writer and reading promoter Jorge Salgar Restrepo, who currently lives in France, shares some keys to getting children and young people to read and suggests some titles that combine themes of adventure, romance, drama and action that they will love. children and young people:

The Legend of the White Snake by Alexander Zuagi, Sang Yi (Album Book)
Age: +8 years

One morning while walking through streams deep in the mountains, the two snake sisters, Baí and Qíng, found a white minnow with purple and gray spots. He told them everything he had seen during his long journey: “In this beautiful country I visited a lake with crystal clear waters, pagodas ready to touch the sky, and bridges where lovers meet. I assure you it does not exist on Earth! a more beautiful place!”

Bai takes the form of a beautiful woman and leaves for the human world, where she must fight heroic battles to protect the love of her life.

An ancient Chinese story in which legendary love triumphs over intolerance. Salgar recommends that the reading of this book be accompanied so that children can comment and ask questions about the story.

Cherry’s Diary by Joris Chamblain (Graphic Novel)
Age: +10

Serezha is a ten and a half year old girl who dreams of becoming a great writer. To do this, Ms. Annabel Flores, a famous writer who lives in her city, recommends that you “observe” people until you discover the secret that makes them unique. Cereza, in the company of her friends Lina and Erika, is assigned to investigate “Mr. Mystery”, an old artist who is carving something in the forest where the girls have a tree house. What’s all that paint for? Why is he accompanied by a colorful talking parrot? What if Cheri’s mother finds out about her adventures? A beautifully illustrated adventure between friends.

Dreamer of Worlds by Maria Paula Toro (Saga)
Age: +12 years

There are two things Angela has always been clear about: First, that she is the last Dreamer, the only one with the ability to open doors to all worlds in the universe; the second that she is owned by a demon lord and can only use her gift when and for whatever she wants. However, when her owner orders her to integrate into everyday life, in the middle of a world without magic, Angela discovers that she has a newfound independence that she can use to travel to other worlds without disturbing the demon lord. However, he would never have believed that the answers that had eluded him for so long were found on one of these trips, revealing the dark truth behind the disappearance of the other dreamers.

The Mirror Passer by Christel Dabos (Saga)
Age: +12 years

Beneath her worn scarf and myopic glasses, Ofeli hides some unique abilities: she can read the past of objects and walk through mirrors. She lives peacefully in the Ark of Anima when she is betrothed to Thorn, of the powerful Dragon Clan. The girl must leave her family and follow him to Citacielo, the floating capital of the Poles. For what purpose was he chosen? Why does he have to hide his true identity? Unbeknownst to her, Ophelie becomes the plaything of a deadly plot.

An unforgettable heroine, a rich and abundant universe, merciless intrigue. Discover the first book in a great fantasy saga and the talent of a new author whose imagination is captivating.

The Stranger by Albert Camus, adapted by Jacques Ferrandes (graphic novel)
Age: +15 years

On the day his mother died, Meursault felt very hot on the bus from Algiers to the nursing home, and he fell into a half-asleep. Later, in the wake, he was grateful for the coffee the porter had been kind enough to offer him, he wanted a cigarette, and the bright light from the electric lamps bothered him. It is the acute awareness of the sun that blinds and burns, that drives this quiet and reserved bureaucrat to commit a terrible crime, and who attends, indifferently, his own sentencing process. Albert Camus’ masterpiece, now adapted to graphic novel form. The images of Jacques Ferrandes offer us an exciting re-reading of the ninth art without making it lose an iota of mystery.

Based on this adaptation, Salgar recommends doing a comparative reading exercise so students can get to know Camus’ work.

How to get the little ones closer to reading?

Our expert tells us that teenagers often stay away from reading because of the lack of guidance and accompaniment in this activity. Also, that many times the verb read is conjugated as an imperative, that is, as a command, and must be an action that arises from desire. He further explains that the value of the book as an object is lost, i.e. besides having a series of printed pages, the book is a portal that leads us to other worlds, that allows us to imagine and live in other times.. Finally, he emphasizes that young people always consume stories, but not in the same formats like before, and that we need to find a way to weave those bridges between classic books and new formats like comics.

Regarding the formats that young people currently consume the most, Salgar tells us that the book continues to dominate, but there is a big boom in digital formats such as Kindle or books that can be downloaded on a mobile phone. In this context, another format that has started to be accepted very well is the audiobook, as we face the generation of podcast and audio formats.

Did you know these books? What books can you recommend? You can leave us your favorite books in our Let’s Explore, A Space to Learn facebook group. If you would like to learn more about this topic, we invite you to listen to “In Combo We Learn” by Explore, Monday through Friday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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