Books for Younger Teens

Posted On Wednesday September 25, 2019

There’s a whole new world of reading possibilities open for younger teens who are starting to explore the teen collection at the library. How do you know where you should start, and what books might be best for younger teens? Below are some suggestions from various genres:

Stories about real life:

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi. A young boy, his father and sister seek refuge after their home in Syria is bombed.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. A romantic, moving story about two young people in New York City and one day that brings them together.

Simon vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli. This LGBTQ+ coming of age story explores the life of Simon Spier, who is grappling with the difficulties of announcing his identity to his friends and family.

Fantasy and spooky stories:

The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine. An exciting retelling of the classic story of Snow White for lovers of fantasy.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Magic, fantasy and adventure are at the forefront of this exciting fantasy trilogy.

Thornhill by Pam Smy. An eerie story about an old orphanage is told through a combination of diary entries and artwork.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. A fast-paced, spooky story about a young girl who can speak to the dead.

Action and adventure stories:

Maximum Ride by NaRae Lee (First in the Maximum Ride series). Graphic novels inspired by the novels from author James Patterson.

Russian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz. If you like this one, there are several earlier books in the Alex Rider series.

Warcross by Marie Lu. An action-packed novel for science-fiction fans.


Gillian Killingbeck, Library Associate

Children's and Youth Services, Halton Hills Public Library