U is for Untamed

U is for Untamed

It’s day 21 of

the A to Z Challenge!

Otherwise known as the letter U Day for my theme

Novels for Young Adults.

Sometimes teens just want to have fun and thrills. Just let their hair down and turn wild and untamed, if only vicariously through literature. Today’s two selections–one classic and one contemporary–offer untamed possibilities.

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Undercover Cat by Gordon and Mildred Gordon

(Not a typo. The first author’s name really is Gordon Gordon.) If you’re hankering to take a trip back in time, visit this 1963 classic about an untamed, naughty cat who inadvertently stumbles into a jewel theft ring. A kidnapped woman manages to send a message on the cat’s collar, which alerts his owner and prompts the search. This novel was later made into a very popular movie called That Darn Cat starring Hayley Mills.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Many readers call this novel a roller coaster thriller. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer features Mara who wakes up one morning in a hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the accident that killed her friends. Apparently, this novel plays with the notion of extra-human possibilities; readers can decide for themselves if untamed supernatural forces are at work in this thriller.

Do you have a favorite untamed character?

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U is for Untamed — 3 Comments

  1. I loved That Darned Cat. Other favorite untamed characters are Cat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Piewacket in Bell, Book and Candle (this is a movie, not sure if its a book too).

    • I was just thinking I should try to find the movie That Darned Cat and see if it has withstood the test of time. You’ve brought up a couple of other very cool classics. If I remember correctly, Bell, Book, and Candle has a ghost. Love these characters!

  2. I’ve enjoyed your theme and getting to know these books. I have 6 granddaughters, 13 through 19 and maybe I can read a couple of the books or ask them to read them with me.

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