There are some teenagers who contact me when they’re worried about something and, of course, I always try to help. This time, I need your help.
So, one of my favourite teenagers (though I’ve never met her) contacted me quite late one night. She was baby-sitting so there were no adults around to turn to, and she’d started to worry about the world news, and that World War 3 was about to start. I completely identify with this worry because, growing up during the Cold War as I did, my teenage fears and nightmares were all about war. I wasted a lot of time with that fear.
Unfortunately, I didn’t see the message till the morning and I felt bad that I hadn’t been able to help her in time. But she said that now that it was daytime, she wasn’t quite so worried. And we got chatting about how horrible (and normal) it is to lie awake worrying and how overwhelmingly scary things can feel.
I suggested that she bury herself in a book, to take her mind off worries and create different emotions in her mind in preparation for peaceful sleep. And then she asked me for ideas. I asked her what books she already likes and I promised to get back to her with some ideas.
Which is where you come in! So can you recommend a variety of books (NOT on the theme of modern war!) for a bright, anxious, deep-thinking 16yo British girl, whose favourite books have included “The Fault in Our Stars, Goodnight Mr Tom, The Secret Garden, The Notebook, The Jungle Book etc etc.”
I think we are looking for something escapist, something with a fast-paced plot but a load of emotion, too. Neither too light nor too heavy? Something she can really get into and bury herself in.
Over to you! Especially if you are a school librarian 🙂