As I mentionned in one of my post , I am a book aficionado, I love re-reading books that I like. Below are my favorites books when I was a teen and they still are:
Lilia entre l’air et l’eau ( Editions Casterman 1981) by Jean Claude Forest:
A fantasy tale for children over 11 years. This is Venice in winter, the lagoon, a palace, the “Palazzo di Notte” (the palace at night). The characters are a designer, Daniel, his wife, Lilia, and an old servant.
The story takes place in two stages. The first sees the heroine turning into bat by the fault of a magic mirror and the name of an old family tradition, and disappear at dawn in the lagoon, leaving her husband without a clear explanation about the phenomenon .
The second sees the husband, thirteen years later, saving his daughter from the clutches of the mirror, aided by the old servant.
I love this story with the spell and italian decor.
Cassiopée ou l’été polonais (Éditions Québec Amérique, Montréal, 1988) by Michèle Marineau
Cassiopeia has almost 15 years, a divorced mother who has a new suitor, dreams she wrote in her diary … and a big problem: she does not want to go to summer camp that her parents chose for her. On a whim, Cassiopeia decides to go join his uncle in New York. But this journey will take her much further. Under the sky of Rhode Island, Cassiopeia will fall in love …
Unexpected love story! I love it. The perfect book to read on a summer vacation ( if you are unto youth literature of course) .
Jean, Ecole Degrassi (Edition Héritage) by Susin Nielsen
This story make me think about the movie Juno.
Jean is a loner at Degrassi school. With his parents, he does not get along very well, especially since he came in eighth grade.
His life becomes clear when he start dating Epine and he becomes more popular at school. But then the unthinkable occurs: Epine is expecting a baby, wom John is the father. One small mistake and his life is turned upside down. Everything becomes impossible at home and at school.
Then he went to summer camp after school ends and, to his surprise, the experience is great. When the fall is back, he believes that finally everything is back to normal. Even before he had time to think about it, he finds himself in an untenable drama.
Le Petit Prince ( The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince is the best-known work of Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Published in 1943, it is a philosophical and poetic tale under the guise of a children’s story, deals with themes like life and deep love, death, friendship, attitudes and concerns about life and even suicide. In fact, each chapter describes one encounter of the little prince and contains a morality, a simple sentence or two about friendship, life, etc..
The work is also illustrated by the author himself. His drawings, simple style and a bit naive, are just as famous as the book itself.
I heard about this book when I was in primary school, we had to read it and make a summary of it ( the nightmare of every student) but it turns to be one of the best book I ever read ( thanks teacher !) and the illustrations are lovely.
Le Journal d’Anne Frank
What has seduced me in this book is the maturity of a so young girl and also her courage and point of view about life. I read this book a long time ago, but it still has a strong impact on me.
I believe that the books that you read as a teenager have an impact on your beliefs and the way you see life, as for me, the world of books has shaped some of my dreams….