Y is for Yarn

Y is for Yarn.

We are almost finished with the A to Z Challenge! Remember, my theme is:

Novels for Young Adults.

Today’s two novels fall under the category yarn. I’m using definition 4 (not fibers for knitting or weaving). No, definition 4 is “a tale, especially a long story or adventure…”

Year of Wonders

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Year of Wonders chronicles the advance of bubonic plague in a small English village in the year 1666. The narrator is a young housemaid who demonstrates great courage and resolve in her efforts to help her community despite a growing body count and mounting secrets. Year of Wonders is a fine yarn (and Alex Award winner) that I particularly recommend for sophomores studying AP World or AP European History. This novel will put a face on a pivotal event in history.

Yu Yu Hakusho, Volume 1: Goodbye, Material World! (Yu Yu Hakusho, #1)

Yu Yu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi

This is the first manga book on my list, but it features a ghost! Yusuke was a delinquent teen until one day when he saves a child’s life. The afterlife officials decide to give him a mission, so now he roams the world as a ghost performing good deeds. For young manga enthusiasts, Yu Yu Hakusho looks like quite a yarn!

Have you read either of these? What favorite book would you categorize as a yarn?

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Y is for Yarn — 6 Comments

    • Ha ha, indeed! I hadn’t really thought of books as yarns, either, until I went hunting for a Y word for this challenge, and then I thought, why not?

  1. I read People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks and absolutely loved it (even though I didn’t expect to). I’d heard about Year of Wonders awhile ago, and it didn’t sound interesting to me. Now I may have to re-evaluate that…
    Doree Weller

    • I loved People of the Book, too. I listened to it on audio. I think I would say I liked Year of Wonders just as much even though the topics were so different. The one book of hers I haven’t brought myself to read is March. My book group really liked it, but I’m not really comfortable with authors pulling characters from other authors’ works and making them their own.

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