Every year during the third week of October, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) sponsors Teen Read Week, a national initiative to promote literacy among teens. This year, the theme is “Seek the Unknown @ your library.” All week long, teens are encouraged to explore the unknown through mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and realistic fiction. Seeking the unknown is about walking down unfamiliar paths and discovering new worlds all from the comfort of your favorite reading corner. So as the air outside cools and the leaves start to turn, grab a cup of hot cider and get lost in a book for a few hours.
To get you started, here are some of our favorite books that seek the unknown:
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
In this steampunk alternate reality of Victorian England, Sophronia is sent away to a finishing school aboard a large airship. At this school, she is surprised to learn, she is not only expected to learn proper etiquette, but also the subtle arts of diversion, espionage, and even assassination.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Earth is threatened by the impending assault of an alien species, and the only hope for survival falls in the hands of a single tactical master. Singled out as a potential military genius at a very young age, child prodigy Ender is recruited by the world government for combat training at Battle School. Could Ender be humanity’s only hope? With the film adaptation due out in theaters on November 1st, everyone seems to be wanting to get their hands on a copy of this book.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The night circus is a mysterious, beautiful spectacle that appears in towns all over the world without warning. The unearthly atmosphere, impressive performances, and mind-boggling attractions have circus-goers almost believing that they’re witnessing real magic. Little do they know that the circus is actually powered by two magicians, trained by their masters from an early age to compete head to head with the circus as their arena.
Every Day by David Levithan
Every day, A wakes up in a different person’s body and life. Every morning, he finds himself in a new environment and among a new set of people. Over the years, he has learned not to get attached to those he meets until one day, waking up in Justin’s body, he falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend.