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The 5 Best Books For Teenagers to read in this lockdown.

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Like a wise man once said, “Believe it or not, a good book can change your life”, I have witnessed the truth in my three-decades of teaching. Despite the benefits of reading, school kids in India are still struggling to imbibe this habit in their daily lives. The busy school curriculum and hectic school life might not leave them enough time to find the perfect books but the pandemic can be optimally used for this amazing activity. Here I list down a perfectly curated list of 5 best books for teenagers to read during this lockdown. These books have been included keeping in mind the interest level of a beginner reader and I hope that all parents, teachers and teenagers would give them a try.

1. Queen of Ice

Didda, princess of Lohara, is beautiful, intelligent—and lame.Despised by her father and bullied by his heir, Didda’s childhood is miserable and her future, bleak. When she is married off to the dissolute ruler of Kashmira, she must learn to hold her own in a court ridden with factions and conspiracies. But Didda is no ordinary queen. Ruthless and ambitious, she wants to rewrite history. Will she succeed? Queen of Ice is a compulsive read that brings alive the turbulent history of tenth-century Kashmir with an exquisite balance of fact and fiction. This is award-winning author Devika Rangachari’s finest novel yet.

2. The Book Thief

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier and will be busier still. By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up and closed down. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

3. Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai. It will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into your passions.

4. My Life : An illustrated biography

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has been one of the most iconic figures of Independent India. A scientist, leader, thinker, teacher and writer, he achieved remarkable success in various fields. Yet, what endeared him to so many was his dedication to the idea of a developed India, his simple and direct way of interacting with people and his deep love for his fellowmen.

In My Life Dr Kalam writes his life story starting from his days growing up at Rameswaram; about working on India’s space and missile programmes; his years as the eleventh President of India; and about his life thereafter. Full of anecdotes that demonstrate the importance of hard work, commitment,courage and innovative thinking, this autobiography is a wonderful introduction to a remarkable life. Beautifully illustrated and simply written, My Life will inspire readers of all ages.

5. Good Omens:The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Good Omens is laugh-out-loud funny, irreverent, warm, and wise, all at once—no wonder it’s considered a modern classic. In the 16th century, Agnes Nutter, a witch and an outcast, predicts the end of the world. In the present day, an angel and a demon try to find the loophole to save humanity.

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Reading is important for everyone as it helps develop mental faculties and improve concentration . As Teenagers go through several different emotions and dilemmas., the habit of reading rich books can boost their emotional health as well as reduce stress levels. It can also make them competent and creative with essential life skills. I hope my list of The 5 Best Books For Teenagers to read during the lockdown can motivate parents and teachers to make book gifting and reading a routine affair for all the kids.

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