10 best books for teenagers
1. Furious Thing – Jenny Downham
A book that roars with anger at an unfair world. It’s a passionate and powerful exploration of teenager Lexi’s struggle to stand up to her bullying step-father. You’ll love her, empathise with her, feel her anger and laugh at her wit. Described as ‘furiously brilliant’, the novel has been shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, and been on the Best Books of the Year lists for The Sunday Times, The Financial Times and The Irish Times.
2. Viper’s Daughter – Michele Paver
The seventh book in the award-winning Wolf Brother series by Michele Paver, Viper’s Daughter takes you back into the Stone-Age world of Torak, Renn and Wolf: a world of demons, Hidden People and adventure.
3. Wilder Girls – Rory Power
A New York Times bestseller, this is a story of survival and the power of female friendships. It’s part thriller and part post-apocalyptic romance, celebrating the resilience and strength of girls.
4. The Missing of Clairedelune – Christelle Dabos
The second book in the popular French series, The Mirror Visitor is a page-turner that you won’t be able to put down. With elements of mystery and adventure, it follows the story of Ophelia, Thorn and Farouk.
5. That Time I Got Kidnapped – Tom Mitchell
A funny, page-turning story for children aged 11+, it follows the adventures of 14-year-old Jacob who finds himself on a Greyhound bus journey from Chicago to LA alongside an American teenager who’s on the run.
6. The Black Coats – Colleen Oakes
A powerful, thrilling, and deeply resonant novel about a secret society of girls – called The Black Coats – who plot revenge on the men who hurt them. It’s been described as ‘an explosive thriller that is all too timely in the #MeToo era’.
7. Tunnels – Roderick Gordon
The first book in Roderick Gordon’s best selling Tunnels series, about a boy called Will Burrows who lives in London with his family and, like his father, has a passion for digging. When his father disappears down a tunnel, Will investigates.
8. The Last Paper Crane – Kerry Drewery
This is a haunting story that follows an old man’s recollections of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. The story moves between 1945 and the present day as he gives a searing account of the blinding flash and the harrowing search for family to his granddaughter.
9. The Night Country – Melissa Albert
The sequel to the international best-selling novel The Hazel Wood, it’s billed as ‘an addictive thriller crossed with the darkest of fairytales that’s guaranteed to keep you up all night.’ The Guardian called it ‘insidiously beautiful’. Worth a read, I’d say.
10. Children of Virtue and Vengeance – Tomi Adeyemi
The second book in Tomi Adeyemi’s West African-inspired Legacy of Orïsha trilogy, following on from the highly acclaimed Children of Blood and Bone. Tomi Adeyemi has been billed as the next JK Rowling. Read the series and let us know if you agree.
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