What are some good books for young teenagers?What are good books for younger teenagers?

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sampiper22 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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What are some good books for young teenagers?

What are good books for younger teenagers?

Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls is absolutely sublime on all levels!!


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"The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck is a good book as it tackles the the hardships of the Great Depression. I found the book "Saint Maybe" by Anne Tyler an excellent read as it touches on the theme of searching for meaning in life amidst tragedy.

Another wonderful read, in the contemporary spy genre, is "The Russia House" by John le Carre. It touches on the universal themes of confrontations between countries, ideologies, and geopolitical systems.

"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy is a tale of warning of what can happen when society breaks down. It is a story that a young teenager may find enlightening and thought provoking. It will help them formulate their opinions on the path humankind is taking.

Finally, I suggest "Fahrenheit 451" by the recently deceased writer Ray Bradbury. This novel is a tale of the need to save books and literature, and a call to promote reading and thinking beyond Tweets and Facebook posts. A great warning novel, written well before the march to lost 'attention spans'.


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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I would suggest any Laurie Halse Anderson books (my daughter and son, 13 and 15 love them). I would also suggest the writings of Walter Dean Myers (such as Monster). A good series is Heather Brewer's The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod.

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I imagine you mean the 13-15 age group. I would recommend S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, Louis Sachar's Holes andSpeakby Laurie Halse Anderson.

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shake99 | Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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The Tolkien Lord of the Rings trilogy can certainly capture the imaginations of young teenagers, as well as older folks. In that same vein, C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia are also very engaging.

I wholeheartedly agree with the suggestions in post #2: Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird are great books for adolescents.

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Some books that my wife, who is a high school English teacher, uses are Catcher in the Rye, which certainly speaks to some of the feelings of alienation experienced by teenagers. Another is To Kill a Mockingbird, which addresses issues of racism, heroism and a host of others, and Fallen Angels, which is a great book describing the experiences of a young soldier in the Vietnam War. Aside from that, I still contend that the works of William Shakespeare remain relevant, and I think A Separate Peace is profound, complex, and very accessible to teenagers.

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andypandy143 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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I am a young teenager myself and the book that I recommed and ejoyed greatly myself are:

Hush, Hush






Elphame's Choice

Vampire Academy series

City of Bones

City of Ashes

City of Glass

City of Fallen Angels

The Vladimir Tod Vampire series



The Messenger Bird

Three Summers

Looking for Alibrandi

On the Jelico road

and many others. There is to many to name!!!!

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Without a doubt I would suggest The Giver by Lois Lowry. I read it in younger years and credit that very novel for my love of reading from that point on. Please check it out!

Another off the wall answer with a good message for young teenagers is in the book, Go Ask Alice.

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mandy-96 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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I think Romeo and Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, the Harry Potter series, Percy Jackson series, books for older chidren by Jacqueline Wilson and books bt Meg Cabot are good.

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sriakurup | Student | (Level 2) eNoter

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to kill a mockingbird

Chronicals of Narnia

adventures of hucleberry finn

adventures of tom sawyer

stories of shakespea re is the best i will say some are

king lear (i am writing a review on it is a tragic also)

a midsummer nights dream (this is of comedy but maybe get confused with the characters)

Merchant of venice

i like the best is a midsummer nights dream



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

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The best novel books I have ever read are

  1. Harry Potter series
  2. The Twilight Saga.

anyone interested should read the whole of the novels. This will enhance your English language and thoughts.

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cheoelis | Student | (Level 2) eNoter

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there is also this website called "wattpad" where people post up their stories. there are millions:) Its a great website where you can read or write at.

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cheoelis | Student | (Level 2) eNoter

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1) The Dragon Diaries series by Deborah Cooke

2) Harry Potter series

3) Percy Jackson series

4) Warriors (all of them but try to start from book 1)

5) The Hidden series by Jessica Verday

6) Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst

7) Fateful by Claudia Grey

8)Chronicals of Narnia

... i know alot more books but i will have spam the whole discussion room if i list them all down.... so you can message me if you want to know more:)

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amanda-panda | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

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I am a 16 year old high school student and one series I found quite interesting is The Gone series by Micheal Grant. It is a five book series and consists of the books, Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague and Fear. The series is about a small California Town called Perdido Beach. Every human 15 and older vanishes, and the town and surrounding areas are encased within an impenetrable bubble. Many of the people and wildlife develop supernatural powers. The story goes from there.The series is a very good read.

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

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I imagine you mean the 13-15 age group. I would recommend S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, Louis Sachar's Holes andSpeakby Laurie Halse Anderson.

yeah, I did mean the 13- 15 age group, thanks.


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