If you’ve a teen reader in the house, then you might like this list of 25 Books for Teens Guaranteed to Keep Their Nose Buried In the Book:
#1. Fault in Our Stars
Best seller (and now a movie) Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a love story tinged with sadness.
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis.
But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
#2. The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is the first of a trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Set in an alternative post-apocalyptic universe in the country of “Panem”, consisting of the wealthy Capitol and twelve districts in varying states of poverty. Every year, one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts, between the ages of twelve and eighteen, are chosen by lottery to participate in a compulsory annual televised death match called The Hunger Games.
The Games are a televised event with the participants, called “tributes”, being forced to fight to the death in a dangerous public arena. The winning tribute and his/her home district is then rewarded with food, supplies, and riches. The purpose of the Hunger Games is to provide entertainment for the Capitol and to serve as a reminder to the Districts of the Capitol’s power and lack of remorse.
This year 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen has been chosen to represent District 12.
#3. Girl Online
Girl Online is the debut novel from YouTube phenomenon Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella.
Penny has a secret. Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American.
Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog. But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.
#4. Listen to the Moon
Listen to the Moon is the latest novel from the award-winning writer Michael Morpurgo.
It is May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies. She is injured, thirsty, lost and has no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy.
Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even – as some islanders suggest – a German spy…? Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear. WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat.
WARP The Hangman’s Revolution is the latest novel by Eoin Colfer (of Artemis Fowl fame).
F.B.I. agent Chevie Savano is trapped in a nightmare future. Unless she can return to 19th-century London and change the course of history, millions will die. Luckily she has Riley the boy magician and a Victorian gangster with lovely hair to help her battle two crazed villains, who have brought the military technology of the future back in time – with potentially disastrous consequences.
The stakes are higher than the hangman’s noose and only Chevie can save the day. Assuming she can avoid being killed by a couple of psycho warrior-nuns first..
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Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series has breathed new life into Sherlock Holmes and fellow characters with his novel Moriarty.
Sherlock Holmes is dead…Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind who has risen to take his place.
#7. The Thin Executioner
In The Thin Executioner, the latest offering from Darren Shan, Jebel Rum is a thin, scrawny boy. His father is the famed executioner in the city where they live. When Jebel is humiliated in public, he sets off on a quest to gain great strength and invincibility.
If successful, he will be able to compete in a gruelling contest to prove himself and replace his father as the wielder of the axe. Failure, on the other hands, means certain death.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a startling and thought provoking novel. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now.
He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be.
The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
#9. Eleanor and Park
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
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#11. Abundance of Katherines
An Abundance of Katherines is the latest novel by Fault in our Stars author John Green.
When it comes to relationships, everyone has a type. Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. He has dated–and been dumped by–19 Katherines. In the wake of The K-19 Debacle, Colin–an anagram-obsessed washed-up child prodigy–heads out on a road trip with his overweight, Judge Judy- loving friend Hassan.
With 10,000 dollars in his pocket and a feral hog on his trail, Colin is on a mission to prove a mathematical theorem he hopes will predict the future of any relationship (and conceivably win the girl).
#12. The Angel Experiment
The first in the Maximum Ride series, The Angel Experiment by James Patterson, tells the story of Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Angel. Six kids who are pretty normal in most ways—except that they’re 98 percent human, 2 percent bird.
They grew up in a lab, living like rats in cages, but now they’re free. Aside, of course, from the fact that they’re prime prey for Erasers – wicked wolflike creatures with a taste for flying humans.
#13. Skink No Surrender
The #1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen debuts his first book for teens with Skink – No Surrender.
Classic Malley — to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard — he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink — he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down.
With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.