recommended reading for ages 15-18


A story that touched millions

Jane Fagan | 2000
written for ages 15-18 | highly recommended
Not your typical inspirational story.


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Video Review: Holiday Reading for Teens and Young Adults

Clare Cannon | 1859-2012
written for ages 15-18 | recommended
Entertaining summer (or winter) reading for the holidays.


Cosmic Trilogy

Tim Golden | 2005
written for ages 15-18 | highly recommended
The first book in a science fiction trilogy from a beloved children's author.


A Waltz for Matilda

Clare Cannon | 2010
written for ages 15-18 | highly recommended
A fun, engaging, and edifying historical novel for teens and young adults.


The Land

Jennifer Minicus | 2003
written for ages 15-18 | highly recommended
This Coretta Scott King Award winner is a prequel to "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry."


Lorna Doone

Tim Golden | 2010
written for ages 15-18 | highly recommended
A classic romance story.


Birthmarked: a brilliant new dystopian series

Clare Cannon | 2010
written for ages 15-18 | highly recommended
Finally a series with characters you love spending time with.


Twilight Alternatives #3: When You Reach Me

Clare Cannon | 2011
written for ages 15-18 | recommended
This intriguing story for teens by first-time author Rebecca Stead is a refreshing surprise.


The Door of No Return

Clare Cannon | 2007
written for ages 15-18 | recommended
British descendant of an African prince fights slavery all over again.

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Reading Matters is MercatorNet’s blog about children’s literature. Our goal is to enable parents and educators to find quality books for young people. For an explanation of our evaluation system, click here. We welcome reader input and new reviewers. We love comments on the book reviews. Write to us at jennifer.minicus@mercatornet.com.


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