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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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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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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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carebearloveshp93 | Student

There are some many choices for books for younger teenagers that you could pick it all depends on the interest of the teenager and really their reading level. I'll mention some examples from each genre and some different levels. 


-The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer: This is a series of six books where two siblings fall into a fairy-tale world. It focuses on their adventures in this world that they grew up reading about with the grandmother and father. They meet witches, wolves, goblins, trolls, and famous faces such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood. The series finished this year and I have read it myself. I would recommend it for a reader that enjoys fairy tales, fantasy, and a good adventure. It's a series written for middle-grade students, but I'm twenty-three and I love it. 

-Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan: This series focuses on young Percy, he is twelve years old in the first book, who has found at that he is the son of a Greek God. The series follows Percy on many different missions at his summer camp called Camp Half-Blood, where all half-bloods (children of gods and humans) are sent. The stories, characters, and situations used in the books are based on Greek Mythology tales and are a perfect way to introduce younger readers to these tales. This series again can be loved by all readers. 

-The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell: A newer book, that is the start of a new series. 

"Once there were Wizards, who were Magic, and Warriors, who were not. But Xar, son of the King of Wizards, can't cast a single spell. And Wish, daughter of the Warrior Queen, has a banned magical object of her own. When they collide in the wildwood, on the trail of a deadly witch, it's the start of a grand adventure that just might change the fabric of their worlds." - Goodreads synopsis of The Wizards of Once, from

This is a great book for those that like magic, witches, and fantasy. I recommend it. 

Historical Fiction: 

-My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows: An interesting take on the true story of Lady Jane Grey. It's comical and has some fantastical elements thrown in. Young adults that like historical fiction will enjoy this take on Jane's story. This is historical in the aspect that it focuses on major events that happened to Jane, during the reign of King Edward as King of England. With a bit of magic thrown in. Great for historical fiction and fantasy lovers. 

-The Marvels by Brian Selznick: Brian Selznick is known for having intriguing stories and his beautiful illustrations. I would recommend any of his books but this one I believe is one of his best. Nearly the first 400 pages of this book are told through continuous illustrations, that tell the story of the Marvel family from 1766 until 1900. The second section of the book takes place in the 90s and is told in prose. It tells the story of Joseph Jervis who is trying to find out about his family and the mystery of his uncle's house that he is staying in. A great adventure and amazing mystery. This is perfect for those that like powerful prose writing and also stunning illustrations. A great read all around. 

Graphic Novels:

-Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, Brooke A. Allen, etc.: A graphic novel series with a mixture of friendship, heart, magic, fantasy, and supernatural creatures. The story takes place at a summer camp, Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpt's camp for hard-core lady-types. We follow along five girls Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley who are trying to enjoy their summer and also are having incredible adventures along the way. 


That's just a few examples of books that may interest a young adult. A great website you can also use to help you find other books is Goodreads:

This is a community of readers that rates and reviews books that can be used by anyone. There is so much to do on this website and I would recommend exploring it for yourself. I'll mention a few things that you can do on the site.

One thing you can do is use the Listopia option:

1.  Go onto the website

2. Click on Browse at the top of the screen. This will bring you to a drop-down menu.

3. Lists: is the sixth option down, you will then click on that and you will come to a page that says Listopia at the top.:

4. Once you are on this page you can search the lists for whatever topic you want such as, YA (Young Adult) Novels of 2017, Fantasy books, Alice in Wonderland Retellings, etc. 

5. Then once you find your list you can go through the books and you might just find a book that interests you. 

Another aspect of Goodreads that could help you is the actual page for books. I'll give you an example with one of the books I talked about above, My Lady Jane.

1. Go to Goodreads website

2. At the top of the page, you will see a search bar, in the search bar, put the name of your book or the author. For my example, we will say, My Lady Jane.

3. Click on the book when it comes up and you will go to the book's page. This is the page for My Lady Jane:

4. Once you are on the book's page you will see a whole bunch of information that you can use. 

5. There is a plot synopsis that you can read to see if the book interests you, you can rate the book if you have read it, also a preview of the book in ebook or audiobook form so you can see if it interests you, most books will have plenty of reviews for you to look at, etc. 

Those are just some of the ways that Goodreads can be used to help look for books are used after you read a book. I hope that this helps you. 

andypandy143 | Student

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!!!!

zhaansi | Student

A Thousand Splendid Suns

high-blue-skies | Student

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.

shiiina | Student

twilight could be a nice one.


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mandy-96 | Student

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.

sriakurup | Student

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



susdas | Student

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.

cheoelis | Student

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.

cheoelis | Student

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:)

amanda-panda | Student

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.

loraaa | Student

and,,,,Romeo and Juliet...  ^_^

dexteann | Student

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.