Thursday, September 24, 2015
Gray Zone: YA Novel with Important Themes
Gray Zone by Veronica R. Tabares is an excellent addition to any YA book collection. This novel is a compelling, well-written story about high school students.It also incorporates important concerns of modern teens: bullying via social media.
Autumn, the main character, has a supportive family that helps her survive bullying so severe she had to change schools. Some of her classmates at her new school were not so fortunate--or they never gave their parents a chance to help them. This story has victims and survivors, as well as one who decides to be a champion/defender.
Many teens will identify with one or more characters in Gray Zone. Parents or teachers can use a discussion of this book to teach teens how to ask for help when needed. I would recommend parents read this book along with their teens, since suicide is one element of the story. My family has often read together, a practice that continues as I discuss books with my grown children and we recommend books to one another!
I received a free review copy of this book and offer my endorsement as a librarian and as a mother of six.