June 12, 2009

Children's books not as depressing as adult books

I prefer children's books because they are more optimistic than adult books. Books for adults tend to be about a traumatic past event which prevents the main character from finding happiness in his/her adult life. It almost always ends badly, and leaves a reader feeling very depressed. Books for children are different. There is always hope in a children's book.

An excellent title is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Narrated by Death, it is the story of Liesel Meminger, who is growing up in Nazi Germany. Liesel's gift of storytelling helps sustain her family and the Jewish man hiding in the basement. This book will make you laugh and cry, but it will not depress you. The pain contained is bearable and the ending, consoling. A must read for teens and adults.

Also by Markus Zusak: I Am the Messenger

For younger readers:

Sometimes, a person's troubles can seem overwhelming, but, as this picture book reveals, one red leaf can be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Who or what is Skellig? For 10-year-old Michael and his friend, Mina, he is a man, a bird, and an angel. Whatever he is, he changes their world with the healing power of love. This is a beautiful, haunting, quiet novel that will stay with you forever.

both by Martha Brooks

Two wonderful novels celebrating spirituality and finding your own way in life.

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