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I feel like I am repeating myself but I can’t help it. Before you explore this list, check out the previous age categories first because those lists contain a lot of books for this age group but perhaps they could be enjoyed by younger kids already so the books are there and not here.
I am perfectly aware of the fact that kids mature at a different pace and that you might not agree with the recommended age. My kids are only 6 and 8 right now so it is hard for me to take a guess when they could read the following books. I checked other websites and went with their recommendations.
I only listed some books so far. I will work on this category soon. Take a look at the titles first and then you can find more information under the following links:
Best Books for Young Adults (12 – 18)
YALSA’s Alex Awards (The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.)
YALSA’s Best of the Best
Reading List Grade 9 &10
Reading List Grade 11 & 12
Reading List 1 Highschool
Reading List 2 Highschool
Reading List 3 Highschool
I found a nice list of recommendations for websites for young book lovers, click on the link below to read more:
14 Super Cool Websites for Adult and Teen Bookaholics
Books that might be the next Hunger Games
Check also the following websites for tips on what to read next:
Genrefluent – Teen Talk About Books
A local library put together a list of non-fiction titles for young adults.
31 Must-Read Book Series for Teens
100 Must-Read YA Book Series
The 100 Best Young-Adult Book of All Time
Best Book Series for Teens
13 and up
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants For a list of books in the Sisterhood series click here. My daughter read it in 7th grade.
See You at Harry’s
Divergent For a list of books in this series click here.
The Hunger Games For a list of books in this series click here.
The Golden Compass
His Dark Materials Omnibus (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass)
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
Pride and Prejudice
Insignia For a list of books in this series click here.
Ship Breaker Click here for a sequel.
The Selection For a list of books in this series click here.
The Reluctant Assassin For a list of books in the WARP series click here.
SYLO For a list of books in The SYLO Chronicles series click here.
This Dark Endeavor Click here for the sequel in The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series.
Crap Kingdom I am not sure about this one, it has mixed reviews but a lot of people find it funny.
Erebos: It’s a game. It watches you
The Scorpio Races
The Lord of the Rings
Partials For a lists of books in the Partials Sequence series click here.
Leviathan For a list of books in this series click here.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Shadow and Bone For a list of books in The Grisha Trilogy click here.
Six of Crows
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights (non-fiction)
The Eye of Minds For a list of books in The Mortality Doctrine series click here.
The Young Elites For a list of books in this series click here.
Matched For a list of books in this series click here.
Princesses of Myth Series The Princesses of Myth series follows the fictionalized yet historical stories of various heroines throughout history: Helen of Sparta, the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, Princess Maeve of Ireland, etc.
Midnight Thief For a list of books in this series click here.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Since You’ve Been Gone
The Master Puppeteer Probably not a book for everyone but if you like historical fiction (feudal Japan here) try it.
Boy Meets Boy
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow (Nonfiction)
Under the Mesquite
Marcelo In The Real World
Lips Touch: Three Times
The First Part Last
Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis
The Summer of Letting Go
The Skin I’m In
Love & Gelato
Scythe For a list of books in the Arc of a Scythe series click here.
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler
The Serpent King
The Passion of Dolssa
Dragons of Autumn Twilight (for an avid reader if they can read Lord of the Rings) For a list of books in the Dragonlance Chronicles series click here.
Steelheart For a list of books in the Reckoners series click here.
Brody’s Ghost For a list of books in this series click here.
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award)
Dear Evan Hansen
Tess of the Road
The Last Magician For a list of books in this series click here.
Far from the Tree
Strange the Dreamer For a list of books in this series click here.
Warcross For a list of books in this series click here.
The Hate U Give
Blanca & Roja
13 or 14?
Anna and the French Kiss For a list of books in this series click here.
Leah on the Offbeat
Turtles All the Way Down
Pride and Prejudice
Murder on the Orient Express For a list of books in this series click here.
Discussions and recommendations on books by Agatha Christie for 13-year-olds can be found here (Perfect first Christie for a teenager)
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (probably closer to 14) For a list of books in this series click here.
The Upside of Unrequited
Son of the Mob Click here for a sequel.
Flags of Our Fathers: A Young People’s Edition
A Step From Heaven
Through the Woods
The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel For a list of Stoker & Holmes Novels click here.
Let the Sky Fall For a list of books in this series click here.
Maisie Dobbs For a list of books in this series click here.
Hush, Hush As with every book—read a few reviews first if it is for you—there are thousands of great reviews but some people really hated it. For a list of books in The Hush, Hush Saga click here.
If You Come Softly
Everybody Sees the Ants
The Raven Boys For a list of books in the Raven Cycle series click here.
The Sun Is Also a Star
Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
The Wrath & the Dawn For a list of books in this series click here.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Salt to the Sea
Ink and Bone For a list of books in The Great Library series click here.
Wolf by Wolf
The Book of Dust (trilogy)
14 and up (Grade 9 and up)
The Fault in Our Stars
If I Stay and its sequel Where She Went
The Book Thief
Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog
Where Things Come Back
American Born Chinese
Thirteen Reasons Why
Witch Child Click here for a sequel.
Fat Kid Rules the World
Sabriel For a list of books in the Abhorsen series click here.
Shadowland For a list of books in The Mediator series click here.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Someone Like You
The Tragedy Paper
Keeping the Moon (and other books by Sarah Dessen have also good reviews—teenagers seem to enjoy them)
Hole in My Life
A Northern Light
Lord of the Flies
The Once and Future King For a list of books in this series click here.
Throne of Glass For a list of books in this series click here.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone For a list of books in this series click here.
The Truth About Alice
The Winner’s Curse For a list of books in The Winner’s Trilogy click here.
In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer (nonfiction)
The Realm of Possibility
Girl with a Pearl Earring
The Girl of Fire and Thorns For a list of books in this series click here.
Midwinterblood (mixed reviews but many people loved it and it was selected as one of the top 0 books for young adults in 2014)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
All the Truth That’s In Me
What If It’s Us
Two Can Keep a Secret
One of Us Is Lying
The Belles For a list of books in this series click here.
Lost at Sea (possibly even for older teens)
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir
The Cruel Prince For a list of books in this series click here.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
The Night Circus
Binti For a list of books in this series click here.
Words in Deep Blue
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue For a list of books in this series click here.
They Both Die at the End
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Graceling For a list of books in this series click here.
Ready Player One
Out of Darkness
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
A Thousand Nights
The Game of Love and Death
A Very Large Expanse of Sea
More Happy Than Not
Rose Under Fire
Finnikin of the Rock For a list of books in the The Lumatere Chronicles click here.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer For a list of books in the Necromancer Series click here.
The Things a Brother Knows
Twilight For a list of books in the The Twilight Saga click here.
Runaways For a list of books in this comic book series click here.
I Am the Messenger
The Lightkeeper’s Daughter For a list of books in the Mercy Falls Series click here.
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal (funny)
The Raging Quiet
Daughter of the Forest For a list of books in The Sevenwaters Trilogy click here.
Ask the Passengers
Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Emmy & Oliver
The Beginning of Everything
A Court of Thorns and Roses For a list of books in this series click here.
This Savage Song For a list of books in the Monsters of Verity series click here.
If I Was Your Girl
More Happy Than Not
X: A Novel
The Great American Whatever
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
The Last Dragonlord (for lovers of fantasy and romance) For a list of books in this series click here.
The Eye of the World (or possibly even older than 14) For a list of books in The Wheel of Time series click here.
Ms. Marvel (graphic novel, not sure what the earliest age suitable for this book is) For a list of books in this series click here.
14 or 15?
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
100 Sideways Miles
A Great and Terrible Beauty For a list of books in The Gemma Doyle Trilogy click here.
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
The 5th Wave For a list of books in this series click here.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Looking for Alaska
Flowers for Algernon I have seen this in theater and loved it.
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Sky Is Everywhere
Imani All Mine
Last Night I Sang to the Monster
The Diviners For a list of books in this series click here.
Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China (funny)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
City of Bones For a list of books in The Mortal Instruments series click here.
A COMPANION SERIES TO THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS (City of Bones)
Lady Midnight For a list of books in The Dark Artifices series click here.
ASSASSINS APPRENTICE For a list of books in this series click here.
The Brilliant Death
A Reaper at the Gates
After the Fire
15 and up
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two
Out of The Easy
Code Name Verity
Between Shades of Gray
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn A classic I love!
Riddle-Master (age not clear but no need to rush)
The Tyrant’s Daughter
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
A Certain Slant of Light (another book in the Light series)
The Impossible Knife of Memory
Grave Mercy For a list of books in His Fair Assassin Trilogy click here.
An Abundance of Katherines
I’ll Give You the Sun
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
We Were Liars (mixed reviews, some people loved it, some hated it—one of the most talked about books of 2014)
A Girl Called Fearless (not many reviews yet but a lot of people liked this book so it is probably worth a try) For a list of books in this
series click here.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Delirium For a list of books in this series click here.
Eleanor & Park
Never Fall Down
Tell Me Three Things
Girl in Pieces
My Father Bleeds History Check out its sequel here.
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
The Hazel Wood
The Way of Kings For a list of books in this series click here.
15 or 16 and up
A Clockwork Orange
16 and up
All the Bright Places
Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope
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