Teenage Trauma: Coming-of-Age Thrillers
Nine-year-old Michele Amitrano discovers what he believes to be the dead body of a boy in an abandoned house. Upon further investigation he discovers that the boy is still alive and being held prisoner. I’m Not Scared, a gripping coming-of-age story by the Italian writer, Niccolo Ammaniti, has gained popularity in the English translation. Here are other novels which feature a young protagonist who learns about life by an involvement in some perilous adventure or mystery. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.
Ballard, J.G. Empire of the Sun. 1984.
Gilstrap, John. Nathan’s Run. 1996.
Godfrey, Rebecca. The Torn Skirt. 2001.
Kelton, Elmer. Cloudy in the West. 1997. (Adult Western KEL).
Lansdale, Joe R. The Bottoms. 2000. (Adult Mystery LAN).
Lott, Brett. The Hunt Club. 1998.
McCammon, Robert. Boy’s Life. 1991.
Tremain, Rose. The Way I Found Her. 1997.