Sunday, February 5, 2012

Young Adult Cancer in Fiction

Two new novels with stories themed around cancer are new releases. What's remarkable is that they are both very good novels apart from the cancer storyline and from the fact that both are published in the Young Adult category.

Likely the publishers booked them as "YA" books because the main characters are teenagers but be assured these are powerful, well-written and emotionally mature books. Yes, they are great reads for folks you know 13 to 18 who have a friend with cancer or who want a serious, non-vampire read. But they are also for those of us who love a good novel, with complex characters, engaging narrator, and great writing.

They are:

"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green   and

"The Probability of Miracles" by Wendy Wunder.

Add these to your library list or get them at your local independent bookstore--in our Albany Capital Region that is The BookHouse at Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany or Market Block Books in Troy.

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