Today's pick is from Nate, one of the great librarians at the Snohomish Library. He has chosen one of my favorites, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card:
“Picking your favorite Teen book is a difficult task for any librarian. What pushed Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card to the top is the number of times I have reread it. It is just a great story of an underdog kid fighting against amazing odds and winning on the strength of his intelligence and friendships. It is also one of my favorite examples of the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” The cover usually looks like Star Wars or Star Trek but the book is actually about a loner kid who is bullied by his brother and fellow students, gets sent to a special school because he is a genius but the teacher’s there treat him horribly. I have found that I like books that are set in boarding schools (Hogwarts anyone?), it must be something about the absence of parents. Ender’s Game is all that and more. A space station that is a school for training military geniuses that will defend the earth from an alien invasion? It doesn’t get any better than that.”
If you like Ender's Game, you should totally read Ender's Shadow, too! It is the same story, but as seen by another character and is equally awesome!