I’m currently working on my own book that will feature rebirth so I’ve been doing some research. I’ve located a few books with this theme and have read them to see what’s available to the average teenager. Before I dive into the three that my local library has, I feel the need to make a distinction that the purist will already know, but others won’t. The word reincarnation has come into our vocabulary, but unfortunately we are using it incorrectly. Reincarnation is an Eastern term for the very rare and specific case of an evolved being deliberately incarnating and controlling the process. Average beings do not reincarnate, but rather stumble back into the body in a process called rebirth. All of the books below actually involve rebirth. Sigh- I know everyone will continue to use the word reincarnation.
The Red Thread (A Novel in Three Incarnations) by Rodney Townly
Contemporary paranormal with historical elements
Sixteen year old Dana has troubling dreams of being sealed in a small chamber. Her therapist convinces her to try past-life regression. This opens a Pandora’s Box of secrets and the knowledge that some people in her current life were also part of the past. A trip to the UK confirms some of the information and Dana becomes more and more drawn into her mysterious past.
Lake of Secrets by Lael Littke
Carlene (15) has always felt less important than her younger brother who died as a child mysteriously before she was born. When new evidence surfaces, Carlene and her mother move back to the town where the boy went missing. Although Carlene has never set foot in the town before, she starts to have bizarre memories of it. Can she solve the cold case using what is coming through?
Transcendence by CJ Omololu
American teenager, Cole has visions during a trip to the Tower of London. She doesn’t understand what is happening and does her best to cover it up. Along comes boyfriend, Griffon who reveals that they are both Akhet. This unique group of individuals can remember their pasts and work for the collective good. But not all of them are quite so altruistic and soon Cole is in danger due to a secret in her past.