recommended reading for ages 13-16


A young adult novel with a message of hope

Barb Szyszkiewicz | 12 Jan 2016 | 2015

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

Suicide is a difficult and dark subject.

Nepotism undermines military strength

Jennifer Minicus | 28 Jul 2015 | 2008

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

Will Alexios ever live down his mistake?

This story strikes a blow for female independence

Tim Golden | 17 Jul 2015 | 2004

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

14-year-old Clare lives with her elderly maiden aunts.

Children facing starvation

Tim Golden | 23 Jan 2015 | 2003

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

Mamo and Dani learn to survive on the streets of an Ethiopian city.

Do athletes make good dancers?

Tim Golden | 10 Jan 2015 | 2002

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

Erik must choose between football and ballet.

A must-read for young and not-so-young adults

Jennifer Minicus | 10 Jun 2014 | 2007

written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended

Nazi Germany seen from an original perspective.

Mercenaries and slaves

Tim Golden | 30 May 2014 | 2003

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

A tragic story about revenge.

Is acting a real job?

Tim Golden | 14 Mar 2014 | 1995

written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended

Ralph seeks a career in the theatre.

Unwanted children sold as slaves

Tim Golden | 18 Feb 2014 | 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 | 20 Dec 2013 | 1995

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

Brother Cadfael is on the case.

A fountain in the desert

Clare Cannon | 8 Oct 2013 | 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 | 30 Jul 2013 | 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 | 2 Jul 2013 | 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 | 10 May 2013 | 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 | 9 Apr 2013 | 2012

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

A series that puts heart into history.

Bright Island

Jennifer Minicus | 11 Feb 2013 | 2012

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

A coming of age story for young teen girls.

Spindle's End

Tim Golden | 20 Dec 2012 | 2001

written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended

A modern retelling of an old fairy tale for young adults.

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 | 2007

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

An enjoyable adventure

City Boy

Jennifer Minicus | 10 Sep 2012 | 2004

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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