Creed Griffon – Young Adult Fiction Book

Let’s face it, as the final Harry Potter movie rolls around this summer there will be an empty void in the hearts and minds of all young adult fiction novel fans. Since I was a child, I always found great comfort in reading a good book. It didn’t have to be a great legend, a masterpiece novel, or on the New York Times best seller list to sweep me away into its pages. For me, it was always the story and the characters inside the pages that tagged the book as a best seller in my mind. Nowadays, there is so much false hype around some of the books and movies out there that you really can’ t tell if the story is going to be good until you’ve already spent your money on the book or a movie ticket. More often than not, we find ourselves trapped inside a weak story line with even weaker characters and we can’t help but feel like we were robbed of our hard earned money.

This is not the case with The Road To Dendura. Trust me, I’ve read thousands of books in my lifetime and I can tell you that the tale of Creed Griffon will live on for a long time to come. All avid readers have a knack for picking up on good stories that are destined to become a hard hitting book series as well as major motion pictures.

Here are a few good things about Book One of the Creed Griffon Series. The author’s name will catch your attention very quickly “C. L. Lewis.” Does that name remind you of anyone? Yes, of course, we’re all C. S. Lewis and Narnia fans deep at heart. So when you see the name C. L. Lewis, it simply jumps off of the book cover at you. Also, as much as we all like Harry Potter, isn’t it unsettling that he only got attacked when he was at school? This happened for at least for the first three books and movies. Creed Griffon is in the real world where his evil enemies are relentless in hunting him down. Creed never gets a break; he just can’t simply walk away from Hogwarts and live normally until school starts again. The Road To Dendura is a place where Creed must face and overcome his fears, he must choose to be good or to give into evil, he must choose to go on or to give up and quit, and to me – those decisions are as close to real life as you can get. This is what makes The Road To Dendura a great young adult fiction novel; it shows kids that they can overcome any obstacle in their path and that quitting is never an option.

C. L. Lewis has a way of speaking to the reader directly. Her words, the dialogue of the characters, flow and read as smoothly as two kids talking to each other at the school bus stop or two adults having a conversation over a good cup of coffee. That is how young adult fiction books should read – smooth, continuous, while driving you towards an edge of the seat climax that makes it all worthwhile. As a parent, you can expect to see many good things for your child to get out of this book: good character, exceptional morals, courage during trials, and the will to continue whatever the quest may be. Lastly, C. L. Lewis adds more than a fair share of good laughter, trust, and friendship to this tale. This book will make you smile, and then you too will wonder if Creed Griffon is the next Harry Potter.

Young Adult Books Are Great to Read

Young adult books are some of the best books. These books are the ones which are written for young adults who are between the ages 12 and 16. What’s special about these books is that they still have the innocent childish affect children’s books have and also have this new extra maturity to them.

Most children’s books are written in a very safe way, without making them sound too scary, so as to not give them nightmares. But when they reach the young adult age children become more curious and want to find out all about things they haven’t explored before. This is when they start reading young adult books which help them discover themselves better. The other reason why they read these books is that their parents, who stopped them from reading these scary books, now feel that they are old enough and buy them copies of these books.

Some popular fiction books that belong to this age group are “Twilight”, “Harry Potter”, “Eragon”, etc. They have sold millions of copies and continue to sell many more copies every year. “Harry Potter” and “Eragon” come under the most popular book genre Fantasy and this has been the reason for their success.

Twilight has been successful because vampire fiction is a favourite among readers. There is a demand for vampire fiction books and many authors have started writing a lot of vampire fiction books recently, which have done really well. Some good vampire fiction books are Dracula and Fevre Dream.

Just because these books are called young adult books and written for young adults, it doesn’t mean that they are supposed to be read by them only. They can actually be read by younger children also. There are many children out there who are ready and confident of reading young adult books like Harry potter and they enjoy reading them.

You are also never too old to read these books either. These books can be enjoyed by adults too. This is because when a book is well written anybody will enjoy reading them.

It also doesn’t mean that young adults should only read these books and no other books. They should be allowed to read any book they want to. If they feel they are ready to read difficult books that are written for adults they should be allowed and if they enjoy reading picture books that are written for children they should be allowed to read them too.

So if your child wants to read a book that doesn’t belong to their age category you should allow them to read it, as it’s not the age that is important, it’s the knowledge they gain, that’s important. You could also read the book before hand and make sure that its age appropriate, before you give it to them to read.

Raising Your Young Adult – How to Deal with Stubborn Teenagers

The teenage years is a very difficult period not only for you as the parent but for you teenager as well. Most parents would ask how to deal with stubborn teenagers since this age is really where independence and individuality is cultivated. But you need not worry about this stage, a lot of parents have gone through their child’s own teenage years and most of them have actually succeeded.

Here are some hints on how to deal with stubborn teenagers:

One way to deal with stubborn teenagers is to listen very carefully – most parents are not aware of it, but stubborn teenagers can actually result from stubborn parents. After puberty, most kids think they are already adults ready to face the world; luckily, parents are wise enough to know that this is not true. However, parents may think too little of their teens to a point that they still treat them as kids whose ideas are just kid stuff.

The truth of the matter is, the teenager is more mature than kids, albeit still not mature enough – this means that your teenager may have something to say about themselves or the way they wish to be treated. Listen to what they say first before saying what you think. Oftentimes, parents just stubbornly and automatically deflect anything their teens have to say, this in turn makes the teenager just act like their stubborn parents and become stubborn teenagers.

When stubborn teenagers give their perspective, acknowledge it even if you do not agree. It is important for stubborn teenagers to know that you have heard their opinion on things. But you do not necessarily have to follow it or agree with it, after all, in most cases, your teen may just be asking for your advice or if you have other ideas in mind. After acknowledging your teen’s idea it is then you can say what you think should be.

To deal with stubborn teenagers, imagine yourself in your teenager’s shoes. You were also a teenager years or decades ago and you should know how difficult such times were. But do not dwell too much on your own experiences because your teen is probably facing different challenges in life. A lot of parents say things like “I know better because I have been there” in hopes of preventing their children from doing something. But that is actually an invitation for the child to be even more curious of such circumstances.

Another way to deal with stubborn teenagers is to avoid making use of labels when talking to your child, especially during arguments. Labels might sound meaningless when you blurt them out, but they can easily get into your teenager’s mind whether the label is positive or negative. It is important to allow your teenager to let him or her self be without labels being attached. Otherwise, stubbornness might stem from your teenager’s effort to veer away from the labels.

Try to avoid debating with your child about matters of opinion. Even if debates occur to convince a party of your opinion, what it actually does is to strengthen the other party’s hold on their opinion as both of you create reasons for believing your stand. In this case it is better to show why your opinion might be better and allow your teenager to see for himself or herself what makes you think you are right.

Stubbornness is somewhat inevitable for teenagers, but it might actually be a necessary trait at this point where they are developing their identities. What matters is that you are there for them at this critical stage with much love and understanding. With an open mind and a sound heart you would be able to know how to deal with stubborn teenagers.