Constance from Silver Spring, Md., writes:
Here are two YA books adults will like--and just in time for the Fourth of July, because they're about Boston in 1776: "Mr. Revere and I" by Robert Lawson chronicles Paul Revere's life and his famous ride--by his horse. Adults will recognize and eighteenth-century literary type: the Spiritual Autobiography--by a horse, of course. "Johnny Tremain" by Esther Forbes is a novel about an orphan who is badly injured and who finds a new life as a printer's assistant. He becomes involved with the important figures of the American Revolution. This book will haunt you; I first read it decades ago, and I can still recall passage from memory. Both books have world-class illustrations, by Robert Lawson and Lynd Ward.
For kids who like blimps, airships, and adventures: try Kenneth Oppel's
trilogy, Airborn, Skybreaker, and Starclimber. Matt, a fifteen-year-old
cabin boy on a dirigible on an international run, encounters a young
heiress--and lots of adventures. If you like pirates, strange
creatures, ocean liners in the sky, and adventure, you'll love these
tales of an alternate 1930s!
"Beautiful Creatures" by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is a great book and the movie is coming soon.