When I told him that I review kids' books for a Harry Potter fan site, he started asking me what I would recommend for his kid. I asked him what his kid was into, and he said "skateboarding and heavy metal music." For a moment I was stumped. Then the ideas started flowing. Some of these are books I have reviewed, some I have only seen in bookstores and thought about reading. But I hazarded to suggest them as something a member of the tattoos-and-piercings crowd might enjoy reading. And now, for those of you whose kids also belong to that set, I share the same list of recommendations with you (plus a few titles I might have mentioned had I thought of them):
- Tithe by Holly Black: The first book in a series of dark, gritty, urban, modern fairy tales.
- Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr: Likewise an edgy, tough fairy tale, complete with a playlist of hard rock songs to read by.
- The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld: The start of the spooky, hip, slightly goth teen series called "The Midnighters."
- I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak: A moving story narrated by one of today's wild young people.
- Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven.
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, also the first book in a series. I'm getting ready to read these last two.