updated 10/24/2013 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/24/2013 AT 5:50 PM ET
Kids know a good story when they see one, so it’s no surprise that the best YA novels can hold an adult’s attention – and sometimes teach us a little something as well. Share your thoughts on the books our staffers are enjoying – and let us know what you’re reading.
Her Pick: Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
I’ve just started Meg Rosoff’s Picture Me Gone. My YA book group chose it and then it was shortlisted for the National Book Awards, so I’m psyched. It’s about Mila, a hyper-observant 12-year-old English girl who accompanies her absent-minded father to America to help track down a missing friend of his. Moody, mysterious, it’s a reminder to all us oblivious adults that children know way more than we give them credit for.
Jennifer Newman, photo editor
Her Pick: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I’ve been waiting for Catching Fire, the next Hunger Games book, to hit the big screen, so I started The Maze Runner to help tide me over. It’s Lord of the Flies re-booted in a dystopian world set at the center of a maze called the Glade. And I can’t stop reading it!
Lauren Pilon, Assistant Makeup Manager
Her Pick: Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I love how quickly Allegiant, the third book in the captivating Divergent trilogy, picks up where the last one left off. Allegiant begins with our heroine Tris Prior learning of a group called the Allegiant who want to leave the only city they’ve ever known. With each turn of the page, I’m excited to find out exactly who, or what, resides outside of dystopian Chicago. So far Allegiant’s a winner!
Check back every Thursday for another round of staff picks, and see more book reviews each week in PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands now. Plus, check out last week’s tales of the rich and famousand more great book finds here.