written for ages 13-16


Mysterious virus kills millions

Jennifer Minicus | 17 Mar 2014
written for ages 13-16 | recommended with reservations
It's the end of the world as we know it.


Is acting a real job?

Tim Golden | 14 Mar 2014
written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended
Ralph seeks a career in the theatre.


Unwanted children sold as slaves

Tim Golden | 18 Feb 2014
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
The plight of illegitimate children in 17th-century England was bleak.


Deathbed confession leads to mystery

Tim Golden | 20 Dec 2013
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
Brother Cadfael is on the case.


A fountain in the desert

Clare Cannon | 8 Oct 2013
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
An engaging and cultured story for young teens that actually makes them think.


Emotions, morality, sexuality: when teens are confused

Clare Cannon | 24 Sep 2013
written for ages 13-16 | not recommended
Should we back off, add fuel to the fire, or hand them a road map?


Romance in teen fiction

Clare Cannon | 30 Jul 2013
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
There’s nothing quite like a good romance. But what makes a literary romance ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for teens?


Inside a male brain

Clare Cannon | 2 Jul 2013
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
Shusterman's account seems about right to me.


King Arthur has seen better days.

Tim Golden | 3 Jun 2013
written for ages 13-16 | recommended with reservations
There are no surprises in this Arthurian tale.


Hope lends beauty to even the bleakest tale

Clare Cannon | 10 May 2013
written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended
This remarkable story teaches history, humanity and hope. Why did I avoid it for so long?!


Historical Fiction for Teens

Clare Cannon | 9 Apr 2013
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
A series that puts heart into history.


The Stravaganza Series

Tim Golden | 28 Feb 2013
written for ages 13-16 | not recommended
A series about the avenues of escape people choose when faced with difficulties.


Bright Island

Jennifer Minicus | 11 Feb 2013
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
A coming of age story for young teen girls.


The Sterkarm Handshake

Tim Golden | 20 Jan 2013
written for ages 13-16 | not recommended
The Time Tube allows people from the 21st century to travel to the 16th.


Starseeker

Tim Golden | 12 Jan 2013
written for ages 13-16 | recommended with reservations
Luke, a gifted young musician, falls in with a local gang after his father dies.


Spindle's End

Tim Golden | 20 Dec 2012
written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended
A modern retelling of an old fairy tale for young adults.


The More the Merrier

Tim Golden | 25 Nov 2012
written for ages 13-16 | acceptable
More is not neccessarily merrier when it comes to eccentric relatives.


The Sleeping Sword

Tim Golden | 11 Nov 2012
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
Bun Bendle sustains a head injury in a diving accident and is left blind.


Airborn Series

Tim Golden | 31 Oct 2012
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
An enjoyable adventure


City Boy

Jennifer Minicus | 10 Sep 2012
written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended
Anyone who has ever experienced puppy love should read this Pulitzer Prize winning novel.

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