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As an adult writing from a teen perspective, I’ve encountered some challenges. I remember being a teen and certain memories can spark feelings of profound alienation, intense joy and a giddy sense that I will live forever and am not accountable for my high risk behavior. Until, of course, accountability bitch slapped me in the face and told me to grow up.
Even with those memories, it’s difficult to capture what it felt like when everything was new and you had to take it all in while trying to fit in at school, get good grades and deal with imperfect authority figures, and tap dancing hormones.
Reading young adult fiction can help, but nonfiction is essential as well. I can highly recommend “We Are Absolutely Not Okay,” a collection of biographical essays by 14 teens attending an alternative high school. These at-risk youth lay it all out there, letting the reader into their hearts and minds as they describe painful turning points in their lives. This book is not free, but at $2.99 for the Kindle edition it is more than worth the price.
The freebies below are both teen oriented. One is by a high school teacher who describes his experiences in the classroom. The other is a YA fiction sampler, which contains sample chapters from six different books.
Stories from a Teacher by Jonathan Flores
In 2008, Jonathan Flores surprised his students as one of the youngest, most energetic teachers they’d ever seen. After only four years, Mr. Flores turned in his resignation, and his students showed up to find out why. But instead of describing a single moment that made him quit, he told them his stories – each one, an insane memory from his teaching career. While he describes how he fell in love with the job, he also describes the harder realities that followed. As the world demands ‘superhero’ teachers, Flores shares experiences (from hilarious to heartbreaking) to reveal that teachers aren’t invincible. Each memory offers deeper insight into the teaching life, and the obstacles teachers face from day to day.
New Teen Voices
A free eSampler from the hottest new voices in YA. Includes excerpts of Fury and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer! Put down that textbook and pick up this free eSampler with excerpts from the hottest new voices in YA Lit! This collection features excerpts from: Fury by Elizabeth Miles; Witchlanders by Lena Coakley; The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin; Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez; Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts; and Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne.
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I found these books via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.
These freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.