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emmalittrell | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 11, 2012 at 8:31 PM via web

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What are some good books for teens to read?

What are some good books for teens to read?

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 11, 2012 at 5:14 PM (Answer #2)

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One book I am always recommending is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. This is a coming-of-age novel about a girl who loves to read, and it is ideal for any girl who loves to read. Judging from the many questions that eNotes receives about book, some of the most popular with teens are The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, and Great Expectations. The stories and novels about Sherlock Holmes also seem very popular, as are the dystopian novels 1984 and Brave New World. John Steinbeck's novels are still very popular with teenagers, notably Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. Books of short stories make great reading. I would especially recommend the stories of Maupassant, O. Henry, John Collier, Saki, and Edgar Allan Poe. Agatha Christie's mystery novels featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are still very popular and very readable. Two of her best mysteries are Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None. The Awakening by Kate Chopin is very popular, especially, it seems with female readers. I envy you being able to discover so many great books and great writers at your early age.

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srm46 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM (Answer #3)

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1. The diary of the young girl.

written by ANNE FRANK, IN 1942

published in english in 1952 by his father after her death.

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francy17 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted April 11, 2012 at 6:15 PM (Answer #4)

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I really enjoyed the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Maximum Ride by James Patterson both fiction.

But if u look up unfictional historical novels you'll find tons of awesome things to read.. plus it's educational the best of both worlds! :D

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 11, 2012 at 9:04 PM (Answer #5)

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The Catcher in the Rye has been suggested already and I would suggest it too. The Lord of the Rings might interest you if you like fantasy. Or you might enjoy something more serious and literary like The Pearl. 

Looking to popular fiction writers can be great for teens. Page-turners like The DaVinci Code and Jurassic Parkcan entertain and also create a real love of reading, even if the books aren't exactly literary art. (They're still fun to read.)

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 12, 2012 at 12:16 AM (Answer #6)

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The Catcher in the Rye speaks to a lot of young people though it is a bit dated today, I think. I honestly haven't read enough of the recent stuff like the Hunger Games to really comment on it. To Kill a Mockingbird resonates with many kids. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers is a good one as well. Of Mice and Men, as others have said, is powerful and readable, as is most of Steinbeck.

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elekzy | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 12, 2012 at 1:21 AM (Answer #8)

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I agree totally with post 7.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 12, 2012 at 2:42 AM (Answer #9)

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There's a huge difference between what I might suggest for someone aged 13 and someone aged 19.

For the younger end of the teenaged spectrum, I like to make them think by reading and thinking about situations that seem familiar in some ways but involve huge changes in perspective. Books like The Giver or The City of Ember set up alternative living circumstances that can force some real consideration about personal values and viewpoints.

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mlsiasebs | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 12, 2012 at 1:15 PM (Answer #10)

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  • Anything by Mark Twain
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • A Separate Peace
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Story of My LIfe by Helen Keller
  • The Sun Also Rises

I think the most important thing is to read and to read often.  I would encourage you to try new genres of books, different authors, fiction vs. non-fiction, biographies/memoirs, etc.  If you are having trouble finding a book, talk to the librarian at your school or the public library.  Tell them the books you've liked in the past and they can help you find other books that might appeal to you.

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ladybugenotes | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 14, 2012 at 6:07 AM (Answer #11)

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Some modern YA fiction that doesn't involve sparkling vampires... eg The Book Thief - Markus Zusak Looking for Alibrandi, Finnikin of the Rock, On the Jellicoe Road - all by Melina Marchetta) Holes - Louis Sachar If I Stay - Gayle Forman The 'Graceling' series - Kristin Cashore Inkheart - Corneila Funke The Specials - Scott Westerfield The Declaration - Gemma Malley Hunger Games or Harry Potter aren't bad, if you like that sort If you like historical fiction/fantasy look up Juliet Marillier or Jackie French - both amazing local Australian writers Also anything by Diana Wynne Jones,Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchettt, Tolkien, CS Lewis, Jane Austen, ..... *disclamer: not many of these are "classics." Just personal reccomendations, becuse I loved them :)
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ladybugenotes | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 14, 2012 at 6:10 AM (Answer #12)

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sorry, don't know what happened to the formatting there... I'll try again The Book Thief - Markus Zusak Looking for Alibrandi, Finnikin of the Rock, On the Jellicoe Road - all by Melina Marchetta) Holes - Louis Sachar If I Stay - Gayle Forman The 'Graceling' series - Kristin Cashore Inkheart - Corneila Funke the Specials series - Scott Westerfield The Declaration - Gemma Malley Hunger Games/Harry Potter If you like historical fiction/fantasy look up Juliet Marillier or Jackie French - both amazing local Australian writers Also anything by Diana Wynne Jones,Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchettt, Tolkien, CS Lewis, Jane Austen, ..... *disclamer: not many of these are "classics." Just personal reccomendations, becuse I loved them :)
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jwielchul | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM (Answer #13)

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I just wrapped up working on the book MONSTER by Walter Dean Myers. There is some mature content, but with my advanced 8th grade class, they were completelyinterested and we had great discussions.

I highly recommend it!

 

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princetongirlupz | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM (Answer #14)

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i think jane austens books are awesome and other than that wuthering heights by emily bronte, a walk to remember by nicholas sparks are great too

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guavamangoes | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 3, 2012 at 4:02 AM (Answer #15)

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The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks by E. Lockhart

Anything by John Greene ( the book title isn't actually "anything". What I meant to say is that I really like this author's works)

The Giver and the Devil's Arithmetic, for younger teens

Of Mice and Men

All Quiet on the Western Front

Lauren Oliver's Delirium

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

I am Number 4

The Chronicles of Narnia and the Harry Potter series ( I read Harry potter in middle school and didn't start Narnia until my freshman year of high school, but kids usually read these at a younger age)

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

If I stay by Gayle Forman

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty

Night by Elie Wiesel

Ophelia by Lisa Klein

A Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

 

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kmccarthy17 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM (Answer #16)

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There's a huge difference between what I might suggest for someone aged 13 and someone aged 19.

For the younger end of the teenaged spectrum, I like to make them think by reading and thinking about situations that seem familiar in some ways but involve huge changes in perspective. Books like The Giver or The City of Ember set up alternative living circumstances that can force some real consideration about personal values and viewpoints.

I totally agree. 

Some of my favorites, depending on how old the students:

  • 12 - 13 yrs old: Night
  • 13 - 14  yrs old: The House on Mango Street
  • 15 - 16  yrs old: My Antonia
  • 17 - 18  yrs old: The Joy Luck Club
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baby14geli14 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted May 4, 2012 at 5:35 AM (Answer #17)

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Yeah i totally i agree about Mark Twain. How about The Beacon Street Girls? And The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot.

I'm reading the Gossip Girls.

I love Harry Potter. But my mom doesn't want me reading such kind of books. Which includes witchcraft or something.

 

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dave35 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 4, 2012 at 9:59 PM (Answer #18)

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In reply to #7: Yes it is...
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dave35 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 4, 2012 at 10:04 PM (Answer #19)

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Another good book is of mice and men...

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lsooy | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 5, 2012 at 12:25 AM (Answer #20)

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A few years ago, I purchased the Bluford series of books for my middle school students to borrow and read independently. The Bluford books are about fictional teenagers in a fictional high school called Bluford High. I have seen students who say they hate reading read one novel in a night and come back for more. If your goal is to get kids interested in reading, then I highly recommend this series of currently 18 books.

 

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polorbear | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 5, 2012 at 2:58 AM (Answer #21)

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the hunger games because it shows indepenance which teens need to understand

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tjblair10 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 7, 2012 at 12:35 AM (Answer #22)

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Fiction: Hate List, The Hunger Games, Speak, Twisted, Matched, Dear Bully

Non-fiction: A Long Way Gone, War Child, Into the Wild

Classics: Pride and Prejudice, Ainimal Farm, The Count of Monte Cristo, A Separate Peace, The Catcher in the Rye

There are so many great books out there for young adults right now!

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boblinger | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 7, 2012 at 2:09 AM (Answer #23)

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the boy in the stripped pyjammas is a great book to read.

Another favourite is the hunger games series.

Also a bridge to wisemans cove

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swastichoubey | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM (Answer #25)

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well teens can read whicheverbook they want to.......

these are my recommendations:

(i) the immortals by alison noel

(ii)diary of a wimpy kid

(111)anything by nicholas sparks

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hitaf5 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM (Answer #26)

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i am a teen and a few books that got me into reading is:

  • Icestation by Matthew Reilly
  • 2099 series by John Peel
  • Area 7 by Matthew Reilly
  • Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly
  • Books by Robin Cook
  • Hell island by Matthew Reilly

These books had mild/strong profanity,but they are great exciting fast paced books.Also they are very detailed and some of the content isnt for those with a week stomach to gore.

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rowdywilson | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 14, 2012 at 7:21 PM (Answer #27)

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The Lightning Thief and that whole series is pretty good! And "So B. It" is a really gripping novella

 

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summerxoxo | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 18, 2012 at 12:04 AM (Answer #28)

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depends on age however i'm a teenager and i enjoy reading books by ellen hopkins such as impulse, perfect etc. If your into vampires The blue blood series by melissa de la cruz was great and it hasn't ended yet. If your into romance i would say The twilight saga or The host both by stephanie meyers or any book by nicalolas sparks! If your into new york socialites gossip girl by cecily von ziegarson is wonderful it's also a show :) 

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latennista | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted May 19, 2012 at 12:33 AM (Answer #29)

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-to kill a mockingbird

-1984

-aimal farm

-pride and prejudice

-great expectations

-les miserables

-the illiad/the odyssey 

-(if you can) the divine comedy 

-SHAKESPEARE!!! (way more fun than you think)

-the chosen

-don quixote

-wuthering heights

-the picture of dorian gray AND the importance of being earnest

-jane eyre

-the scarlett letter

-brave new world

etc etc etc

im 14 and ive read all these books, and i absolutely loved them. my tastes are very diverse, however shakespeare, dickens, and orwell are must reads before youre 16! hope this helps!

 

happy reading (feel free to contact me for more specific reccomendations--ive read A LOT!)

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latennista | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted May 19, 2012 at 12:36 AM (Answer #30)

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-to kill a mockingbird

-1984

-aimal farm

-pride and prejudice

-great expectations

-les miserables

-the illiad/the odyssey 

-(if you can) the divine comedy 

-SHAKESPEARE!!! (way more fun than you think)

-the chosen

-don quixote

-wuthering heights

-the picture of dorian gray AND the importance of being earnest

-jane eyre

-the scarlett letter

-brave new world

etc etc etc

im 14 and ive read all these books, and i absolutely loved them. my tastes are very diverse, however shakespeare, dickens, and orwell are must reads before youre 16! hope this helps!

 

happy reading (feel free to contact me for more specific reccomendations--ive read A LOT!)

but naturally i still have a ton more books to read. i just think its important to read some of these books when you are young, especially with sites like this and great teachers who are more than willing to help out! teachers always have great reccomendations. 

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kk090 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 23, 2012 at 1:10 AM (Answer #31)

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The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

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nikitasingh | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 23, 2012 at 5:39 AM (Answer #32)

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if fictional you should surely try " princess diaries" , "the diary of a young girl" books by jeffrey archer like "false impression" and" kane and abel" . these books are usually related to theft and themes of war but they are good to read . also the best one i would recommend is " the undomestic goddess" by Sophie Kinsella

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suvini | Student | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM (Answer #33)

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catcher in the rye
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kalki | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 26, 2012 at 7:09 AM (Answer #34)

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it depends on whether ur close to 13 or 18.

im 15 and i simply loved "the hunger games" trilogy by suzzane collins.but if ur younger u can try d "percy jackson" series by rick riordan.i also recomend d "harry potter" books but dont bother if u hav already seen d movies!!

if u r a bit older,then maybe u'll like some of  dan brown books.but let me warn u,they are a bit hard to understand.

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kalki | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 26, 2012 at 7:24 AM (Answer #35)

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i forgot to add few:

1."angel" series by l a weatherly

2."chronicles of narnia" by c s lewis(i personally enjoyed d 7 books so much!! and the movies missed a few osm parts!!)

3.the book "puzzle ring" by kate forsyth 

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just-s | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM (Answer #36)

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I really enjoyed the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Maximum Ride by James Patterson both fiction.

But if u look up unfictional historical novels you'll find tons of awesome things to read.. plus it's educational the best of both worlds! :D

yeah the Hunger Games is a really good read....it is an awsome book!!

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cuyler | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM (Answer #37)

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Hi,nice. the best book for teens is the Bible.Why because in their young age,they will learn by and by about knowing God,and the creations and also the correction for their life living and how they live right.. i am young.

Fair enough however school should be secular and contain no relation to change a students views on any religion (unless it is a class on religion). For instance I could think that a good book to read would be the book of the prophet April pertaining to the invisible pink unicorn.

 

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etotheeyepi | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM (Answer #38)

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A couple of posters mentioned the Bible.  I think of the Bible as a collection of short stories.  I would start with Ruth, a woman with Moxie, the Bronze Age  equivalent of Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice. Next maybe the story of Dinah and Shechem in Genesis 34, sort of Romeo and Juliet. Or the story of David in the Books of Samuel and Chronicles, or the story of Joseph in Genesis.

Somebody mentioned the Iliad.  I always think of the Iliad as if Briseis, Achilles' mistress, is the narrator.  She watches as Achilles and Agamemnon argue in the opening scene of the story. She watches the battle scenes from the Greek camp. I think of her as being captured by the Trojans so she can be present at the love seen between Hector and Andromache, and she watches the battle from the Walls of Troy along side Helen.  She rides along with King Priam as he goes to beg for the body of his son.  

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sarahchocoholic | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM (Answer #39)

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The Hunger Games / The Maze Runner / Angel (by LA Weatherly) / Fear the Worst / My Sister's Keeper etc

those are my favorites

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virajdobriyal | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:37 AM (Answer #40)

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i think students should read as many motivational books as possible.the following books might help you to make a good choice.......

1.U CAN WIN by shiv khera

2.WHO WILL CRY WHEN YOU DIE by robin sharma

3.THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI

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saibear | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:45 PM (Answer #41)

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1) hush hush,crescendo,silence ...this isone series

2) mortal instrument series

3) mister monday,grim tuesday,drowned wednesday,sir thursday,lady friday, superior saturday and lord sunday...all these book are one series

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amy-2014 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 1, 2012 at 7:05 PM (Answer #42)

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I really enjoyed the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Maximum Ride by James Patterson both fiction.

But if u look up unfictional historical novels you'll find tons of awesome things to read.. plus it's educational the best of both worlds! :D

The Hunger Games were really good, even better than the movie.

I like the whole series.

You may want to read the Percy Jackson series and Harry Potter. =)

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amy-2014 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 1, 2012 at 7:05 PM (Answer #43)

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Post 4, as well as Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson.

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julianlombana | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 2, 2012 at 2:01 AM (Answer #44)

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The hunger games:)

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onedirectionandhungergamesfreak | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 3, 2012 at 7:22 PM (Answer #46)

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I say The Hunger Games. I think I could recommend it for almost all ages 12 or older. It's a great series and very interesting. I don't know a single person who doesn't like it and TRUST me when I say that. Another good series is The City of Ember..great books and great writing. I recommend that too. I have also enjoyed The 39 clues. Great series, fun and adventurous. I also adore The evolution of Calipurnia Tate Phenomenal read..Those are my recommendations and I hope you enjoy them :) 

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studymaster123 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 4, 2012 at 3:42 PM (Answer #47)

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depending if the person is approaching adult or just became a teenager:

so i recommended:

Hunger games- 1,2 and 3

Cherub series- for boys and some girls

Sherlock Holmes- good plot and description

tripwire

AND FOR THE MORE ABLE:

Tripwire and Sherlock Holmes and all the ones i have recommended but also:


Lord of the Flies

Rebel

God's Delusion

RECITE THE BIBLE

Of mice and men

To kill a mockingbird

AND For the less able:

Skulldergy pleasant( spelling wrong)

AND THERE ARE MANY OTHERS..... dependson age, gender and type of person.

 

 

 

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larareneepaterson | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 5, 2012 at 4:19 PM (Answer #48)

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i would obviously suggest to kill a mockingbird by harper lee. also, purple hibiscus by chimanda ngozi adichie. what about breakfast at tiffany's by truman capote? i also love the luxe series by anna godbereson. hope i helped!

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becca1457 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 5, 2012 at 4:26 PM (Answer #49)

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I recommend "The Hunger Game", because that's what all the teens are reading right now i suppose.

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sumayyah99 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 6, 2012 at 8:07 AM (Answer #50)

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You've given a bit of a big age difference but i would say the Hunger Games Trilogy was good (and the film - awesome!), The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mocking Bird and classics are good like Great Expectations or Pride and Prejudice :)

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kshalike | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM (Answer #51)

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I think some of the best books for teenagers to read are interesting while providing social commentary that can be discussed and related to the world around them. I few that stuck out to me that I read in high school are 1984 by George Orwell, as well as Lord of the Flies. I also really enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy and I believe that as popular as it is now, it can be used to make many comments on society and personal values. 

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alli-enotes | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 6, 2012 at 8:22 PM (Answer #52)

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I THINK IS BETTER THE REA INSPIRATIONAL NOVELS LIKE "RICH DAD POOR DAD"

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just-s | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM (Answer #53)

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You've given a bit of a big age difference but i would say the Hunger Games Trilogy was good (and the film - awesome!), The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mocking Bird and classics are good like Great Expectations or Pride and Prejudice :)

absolutely those books were really awesome...all of them!!!!

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swastichoubey | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 7, 2013 at 5:26 AM (Answer #54)

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I really enjoyed the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Maximum Ride by James Patterson both fiction.

But if u look up unfictional historical novels you'll find tons of awesome things to read.. plus it's educational the best of both worlds! :D

i agree with francy17 about the hunger games...really awesome..

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thewanderlust878 | TA , Grade 12 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted October 26, 2014 at 7:31 PM (Answer #55)

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Wow, there are so many great ideas!

Being an older teen I enjoy literature that is more in the genre of classics. 

For example, my favorite book of all time is Anna Karenina. I also enjoy books by Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Virginia Woolf. 

However, I am a literature addict and love most everything I pick up :)

For students who may not enjoy the same books I do I would suggest Harry Potter, The Night Circus, the Fallen series, and the Lord of The Rings series. 

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 26, 2014 at 11:35 PM (Answer #56)

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Oddly enough, nobody, as far as I could see, mentioned The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It seems odd because there are so many questions and answers about that novel in eNotes. I'm sure many readers have enjoyed it and learned from it. Fitzgerald was an excellent writer. His other novels are good too. His best is probably Tender is the Night. Ernest Hemingway did not get many nods. I would recommend his short stories, which are all available in one volume. Among his best stories are "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," "The Killers," and "Hills Like White Elephants." "Hills Like White Elephants" seems to be extremely popular with young readers. I recommend it highly--but if you get a copy of Hemingway's complete short stories you will undoubtedly want to read some others. Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie didn't get much attention from the people who responded to your question, but it must be very popular, judging from all the questions and answers in eNotes. If you like off-the-wall literature, I would recommend Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis and the stories of John Collier collected under the title of Fancies and Goodnights. One of his stories is about a young poet who gets tired of struggling to survive in the outside world and decides to pose as a department-store mannequin by day and sleep in the store at night. There are some strange things happening in the store after closing time. I can't remember seeing any mention of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, which has been described as an American masterpiece. 

Sources:

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udonbutterfly | TA , College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted November 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM (Answer #57)

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If you are starting to prepare for the SAT's or ACT's and you want something interesting I would say some reads like Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, and Ethan Frome. Although many of teens may be weary of classical reads because the vernacular is a little difficult to sort through or the plots are too explosive I can say these books do a good of at delivering plots and semi-explosive events with vernacular that isn't to hard to get by with a google here or there.

Some books that I would recommend  from present day would be books like the Kite Runner or City of Bones. These are great reads! With the Kite Runner you really do become or want to become more culturally aware of things happening. Also the City of Bones delivers a great plot with explosive events and journey. It was a great read!

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