recommended reading for ages 13-16


Is acting a real job?

Tim Golden | 1995
written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended
Ralph seeks a career in the theatre.


Unwanted children sold as slaves

Tim Golden | 2000
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
The plight of illegitimate children in 17th-century England was bleak.


Deathbed confession leads to mystery

Tim Golden | 1995
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
Brother Cadfael is on the case.


A fountain in the desert

Clare Cannon | 2012
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
An engaging and cultured story for young teens that actually makes them think.


Romance in teen fiction

Clare Cannon | 2012
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 | 2008
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
Shusterman's account seems about right to me.


Hope lends beauty to even the bleakest tale

Clare Cannon | 2011
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 | 2012
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
A series that puts heart into history.


Bright Island

Jennifer Minicus | 2012
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
A coming of age story for young teen girls.


Spindle's End

Tim Golden | 2001
written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended
A modern retelling of an old fairy tale for young adults.


The Sleeping Sword

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


Airborn Series

Tim Golden | 2007
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
An enjoyable adventure


City Boy

Jennifer Minicus | 2004
written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended
Anyone who has ever experienced puppy love should read this Pulitzer Prize winning novel.


The Rag and Bone Shop

Tim Golden | 2003
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
Jason, a shy 12-year-old, is questioned about the death of his friend Alicia, not realizing that the interrogator is already convinced of his guilt.


The Yearling

Jennifer Minicus | 2002
written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended
I have a weakness for coming of age stories.


Book Reviews

Video Review: 5 Novels for Teens that Build Character

Clare Cannon |
written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended
Need a book to inspire your teen to be a better person? Try these.


Small Acts of Amazing Courage

Clare Cannon | 2011
written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended
One of those little books that is well worth reading.


Look to the Lady

Tim Golden | 2006
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
This first book in the Albert Campion mystery series wets the reader's appetite for suspense.


The Looking Glass Wars

Tim Golden | 2007
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
A fresh reimagining of Alice in Wonderland.


The Highwayman's Footsteps

Maryana Garcia | 2007
written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended
A book inspired by Alfred Noyes' poem.

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