November has sped past in the blink of an eye, partly because of the leftover Halloween candy, but also because I’ve been reading some wonderful books—and all of you avid readers know that nothing makes time fly like a good book! Here are some of my favorites:
Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank
Randy Bragg lives in the small town of Fort Repose. When his brother, a military officer, sends him a mysterious telegram, Randy immediately suspects something is wrong. Soon, the inhabitants of Fort Repose are caught in the crossfire of a nuclear war. Who will survive? This memorable novel for older teens stayed in my mind long after reading it.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is my favorite astrophysicist. (Actually, he’s the only astrophysicist I know.) After listening to his radio show (StarTalk), watching his television show (Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey), and occasionally stumbling across him in science classes, I decided I had to read his book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. In this slim hardback, I was dazzled by the discoveries of past scientists, trips to the outer edges of the cosmos, and Tyson’s sparkling wit. This straightforward book is a must-read for teens with a basic knowledge of physics and a keen curiosity for the universe we live in.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie
Of all of Agatha Christie’s detectives, Hercule Poirot is the one I love best. The Mysterious Affair at Styles was the very first Poirot novel. In this stunning volume, full of twists and turns and surprises, Agatha Christie made her debut as a brilliant mystery writer. This book is ideal for any teenage mystery enthusiast looking for investigative excitement.