recommended reading for ages 13-16

The Falconer's Knot

Tim Golden | 23 Jan 2011 | 2007

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

This lightweight whodunnit presents a positive and coherent portrayal of vocations and love among young people.

For teens, for mothers, for grandmothers: A Rose for the ANZAC Boys

Clare Cannon | 15 Jan 2011 | 2008

written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended

This is one of the most moving historical novels I've found.

Twilight Alternative #2: Every Soul a Star

Clare Cannon | 1 Jan 2011 | 2008

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

Here's one for Stargirl fans. A very interesting mix of characters, a little science, a lot of adventure, surprising friendships and just a little romance.

The Eagle of the Ninth

Tim Golden | 2 Dec 2010 | 2010

written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended

This well-researched novel presents life in Britain during the Roman Empire.

Need some action? Sure Fire is fast and fun

Clare Cannon | 24 Oct 2010 | 2006

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

While there are some great series around, sometimes a well written novel that's complete in itself can be lots of fun as well. At least you won't have grown out of it by the time you get to the end.

Twilight Alternative #1: Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl

Clare Cannon | 8 Aug 2010 | 2000

written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended

Whether or not you consider Twilight the ultimate teen romance, Spinelli's Stargirl is a delightful read which gives you a far richer understanding of life and love.

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