Christian fiction has changed in the last several years, especially titles written for children and teens. When I was growing up (which was not so very long ago), Christian fiction was, well, boring. And a little too sweet for my tastes. Now, there is so much more to choose from, in many different genres. Realistic fiction has kids and teens facing real problems (broken families, romantic relationships, peer pressure) and hard solutions. And then there’s fantasy and science-fiction and mysteries and even graphic novels.
The following is a list of a few of the authors and titles that you can find at the library. On the fantasy front, Ted Dekker, who has written quite a few adult novels, and Wayne Thomas Batson both have series’ written for teens and tweens.
Frank Peretti writes a mystery series, the first of which is Hangman’s Curse.
There are plenty more that I didn’t mention, as well as some adult titles that might appeal to older teens. Don’t forget to check out your branch’s paperback collection as lots of titles are not published in hardcover. Some authors to look for are Melody Carlson, Stephanie Perry Moore (the Laurel Shadrach series and the Payton Skyy series), Wendy Lawton and Robin Jones Gunn.
I still haven’t found a really good site that lists authors and titles for this age group, but a quick Google search will find several and I know I can rely on TeensRead.com to highlight a few Christian fiction new releases. Let us know in the comments if you have a favorite Christian author or title or know of a good website for updates on new titles.