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Ages 12 and Older: Young Adult Books

These annotated booklists and articles about young adult books, books for children 12 and older, will assist you in selecting books for your children or students.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Learn about The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien in this book review, including the plot, the author and why it's a classic.

6 Best Editions of The Hobbit for Young People
J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is a classic fantasy novel, one which appeals to readers from 9 to 90. These editions are ones I particularly recommend for tweens and teens.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver by Lois Lowry is a fantasy novel for which the author won the Newbery Medal. The book has been both praised and challenged.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Lightning Thief, the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is popular with tweens and young teens, as is the entire series by Rick Riordan. Read this book review to find out why.

Where Things Come Back
Don't overlook Where Things Come Back, the award-winning novel by John Corey Whaley, 2012 Printz Award winner.

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom
This book review of The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom focuses on the plot and poetic format of the award-winning historical novel in verseby Margarita Engle.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire is Book Two in Suzanne Collins' popular Hunger Games trilogy and this book review includes a summary of the story and the recommended age level for readers.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns
I recommend The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson for teens looking for a young adult book with a strong female main character.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown
This book review of Hate List, the dramatic young adult novel by Jennifer Brown, provides information about this book of realistic teen fiction.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is the third book in The Hunger Games trlogy. Read this book review for a summary of the story as well as age recommendation for readers.

The Ruby in the Smoke
If your teen likes mysteries and history, The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman is a good choice. It is the first in a series of Sally Lockhart mysteries for teens.

Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacy
This book review of Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacy, provides a look at the award-winning nonfiction book.

Top Teen Nonfiction of the Year: 2011
These five nonfiction books for teens, published in 2011, are among the top nonfiction young adult books of the year and most were nominated for 2012 YA literature awards.

The Harry Potter Series: Fast Facts
Starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1, you'll find fast facts about the books in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, which start as middle grade fiction and end as young adult fiction.

2011 Michael L. Printz Award Winner and Honor Books
Learn all about the 2011 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Award and the award winners. Find out about the 2011 Printz Award Winner and 2011 Printz Honor Books. If you're looking for award-winning young adult books (YA books) for your "young adults," see the 2011 Printz Award winners.

2012 Michael L. Printz Award Winner and Honor Books
Learn all about the 2011 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Award and the award winners. Find out about the 2011 Printz Award Winner and 2011 Printz Honor Books. If you're looking for award-winning young adult books (YA books) for your "young adults," see the 2011 Printz Award winners.

Contemporary Biographies, Autobiographies and Memoirs for Teens
If your teen enjoys contemporary biographies, autobiographies and memoirs from a wide variety of viewpoints I recommend these nonfiction books fo rteesn.

Guinness World Records 2012
Guinness World Records 2012 is a nonfiction book filled with photos and brief descriptions that make it particularly appealing to tween and teen boys.

Adult Books for Teens
Here is a quick pick list of adult books that appeal to teens. Check out these Alex award winning books for teens who are interested in reading adult books.

Teen Book Review: Unwind
This book review covers Unwind by Neal Shusterman, a dystopian thriller for teens. Read this teen book review on Unwind by young adult author Neal Shusterman.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye is a coming-of-age novel by J.D. Salinger that has become a classic teen book since its 1951 publication.

Teen Book Review: Crank
Read this book review of Crank by Ellen Hopkins the first book in the Crank trilogy about the impact of a teen's drug addiction.

Teen Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent by Veronica Roth is the subject of this book review of the first book in a new dystopian trilogy for teens by Veronica Roth.

Teen Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Lauren Oliver's book Delirium is a young adult dystopian novel about a society where love is considered to be a disease that must be prevented.

Mother Daughter Book Club List
This reading list of young adult books is perfect for a Mother Daughter Book Club for teen girls and their moms.

Walter Dean Myers
This guide on Walter Dean Myers gives information about his life, his views on censorship, and reviews three of his most popular books: Fallen Angels, Monster, and Shooter.

The Hunger Games Trilogy
The Hunger Games trilogy: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay are three dystopian novels for teens by Suzanne Collins.

Dystopian Novels for Teens
Teens who enjoy dystopian novels will enjoyed this recommended reading list.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin
Although the publisher categorizes The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin as middle grade nonfiction, I recommend it as a good book for teen readers.

Novels in Verse for Teens
These novels in verse for teens include two by popular teen author Ellen Hopkins, Crank and Impulse.

Teen Book Review: Shooter by Walter Dean Myers
This is a book review of the teen novel Shooter by Walter Dean Myers, which delivers a powerful message about bullying. Learn more about high school shootings and bullying in this teen book review on Shooter by Walter Dean Myers.

Teen Book Review: Burned
Here is a review of Burned by Ellen Hopkins, the controversial book for teens.

Teen Book Review: Wither
Wither is a young adult book, a dystopian novel for teens. It is the first book in The Chemical Garden series.

Crank Trilogy by Ellen Hopkins
This overview of the Crank trilogy by young adult author Ellen Hopkins provides information about the three books for teens - Crank, Glass, and Fallout - that deal with the far-reaching impact of drug addiction.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson has something important to say to young teens, but the sensitive subject matter has resulted in calls for censorship and book banning.

Teen Book Review: Monster
This book review of Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, which is about an african american teen awaiting trial for murder, covers the story and recommended age group.

After Ever After
After Ever After is a young adult book by Jordan Sonnenblick. Afer Ever After, the humorous, yet heartbreaking, story of two young teen cancer survivors coping with disabilities and middle school won the 2011 Schneider Family Book Award in the Middle School category.

Books for Reluctant Teen Readers
Here is a reading list of books for reluctant readers who are teens. Check out this quick pick list for teens of the best books for reluctant readers.

Teen Book Review: Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Read this teen book review of Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers to learn more about the book challenges and awards of this high profile novel about the Vietnam War.

Brisingr: Book Three in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
Here you'll find cover art and information about Brisingr by Christopher Paolini. Brisingr is Book Three in the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini. The first two books in the fantasy Inheritance cycle are Eragon and Eldest. Both the first two fantasy novels in the cycle, Eragon and Eldest, have been bestsellers, very popular with teens and adults.

Breaking Dawn
Here is a book review of the dark fantasy book Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the Twilight series of books for teens by Stephenie Meyer. If you are a parent looking for more information about the book, read this book review of the young adult book.

Cassandra Clare
Learn about Cassandra Clare, who wrote the teen fantasy series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices Trilogy.

City of Bones By Cassandra Clare
Check out this review for city of bones an urban fantasy book that is the first book in The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. Here is a review for city of bones an urban fantasy book for teens.

Classic Novels for Teens
Here is an American literature list of some of the best classic novels for teens. Check out this recommended list of classic American novels for high school students.

Dark Fantasy Books For Teens Who Love Twilight
Here is a list of dark fantasy books for teens who like Twilight. Refer to this list to find dark fantasy books for teens. Check out these teen books like Twilight.

Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs
If you are looking for a good teen cookbook, try Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs. While there are a number of cookbooks for teens, this teen cookbook puts more emphasis on healthy eating than many other cookbooks for teens do. Eat Fresh Food is an excellent teen cookbook.

Eclipse
Here is a book review of the dark fantasy book Eclipse, the third book in the Twilight series of books for teens by Stephenie Meyer. If you are a parent looking for more information about the Twilight series and Eclipse, the third book in the Twilight series, read this book review of the teen book.

Historical Fiction by Rosemary Sutcliff
Here is the About Ancient/Classical History Guide's list of recommended historical fiction by Rosemary Sutcliff.

I am Number Four
I Am Number Four is a young adult science fiction novel. I Am Number Four is Book One in the Lorien Legacies series. The I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) book came out in 2010, the movie version in February, 2011.

Inkheart: The Book and the Movie
With the release of the movie version of Inkheart , the enormously popular fantasy novel by Cornelia Funke, there's been a lot of interest in both the movie and the book. These resources from About.com include video clips of the author Cornelia Funke plus a book review and a movie review of Inkheart , as well as movie photos, video clips, and...

Maximum Ride Series
The Maximum Ride series is a popular science fiction and fantasy series for teens by James Patterson that is also popular with adults.

Michael L. Printz Award Honors Young Adult Literature
Read all about the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, which recognizes excellence in books for teens and learn about recent winners.

Modern Fairy Tale Retellings for Teen Girls
These modern retellings of traditional fairy tales will appeal to teen girls. This reading list of fairy tale retellings includes 10 books recommended for teen girls.

New Moon
Read a book review of Stephenie Meyer's dark fantasy novel New Moon, the second book in the Twilight series of books for teens. Read this book review of the teen book New Moon if you are a parent looking for more information about the Twilight series and New Moon, the second book in the Twilight series,

Parent's Guide to the Twilight Series
Get all the details about the Twilight series with this parent’s guide to the Twilight series. Learn about the dark fantasy romance teens and tweens are reading and how readers of all ages feel about it.

Rapunzel's Revenge - Graphic Novel
Rapunzel's Revenge is a graphic novel for tweens and teens. Rapunzel's Revenge is a fractured fairy tale.

Reading Lists for Teens
Use these reading lists of books for teens to find books for your teens to read this summer. The lists cover audio books, reluctant teen readers, and a variety of teen books. Check out these summer reading lists to find the best books for teens.

Review One of the Books in the Twilight Series
Write your own reader book review of one of the Twilight books. Do a book review of Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse or Breaking Dawn, any on of the Twilight books. Read the book reviews by other Twilight readers and post your own Twilight book review.

Ship Breaker
Ship Breaker is a dystopian novel that will engage readers 13 and older.

Spotlight on Author Stephenie Meyer
Learn more about Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga of young adult books, a series enormously popular with teen and tween readers.

Spotlight on Neal Shusterman
Author Neal Shusterman has written books for both older and younger teens as well as adults. Learn about Shusterman and some of the young adult books by author Neal Shusterman.

Steampunk Books for Teens
Here are some top steampunk books for teens. Refer to this list for teen steampunk books.

Steampunk FAQ
Learn about the steampunk genre, its relationship to fantasy and science fiction, reommended books for teens and why teens like these YA (young adult) novels.

Steampunk Readers Respond and Recommend Steampunk Books for Teens
Steampunk - Readers respond to questions about steampunk books for teens and give their recommendations of steampunk books for teens. Share your recommendations and read what others think of steampunk young adult books

Summer Reading List for Teen Boys
This summer reading list contains some of the best books for teenage boys. If you are looking for good books for teen boys, check out this reading list.

Summer Reading List for Teen Girls
Here is a summer reading list of teen books for teen girls. This summer reading list for teen girls includes some of the top summer reads for teenage girls.

Teen Books Adults Love - Readers Respond With Favorites
There are many adult books that teens enjoy, and the reverse is also true. Adults enjoy many books for teens, including award-winning young adult literature like The Hunger Games.

Teen Read Week - What and When Is Teen Read Week
Teen Read Week, an annual event, is designed to encourage teenagers to read books for the fun of it on a regular basis. Teen Read Week is a literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

Teen Reading Trends 2011 – Young Adult Books and Teen Books Reading Trends
In this discussion with the YALSA president, find out about the young adult books / teen books that teens are reading and 2011 teen reading trends.

Teen Reading Trends 2012 – Young Adult Books and Teen Books Reading Trends
What are the latest teen reading trends? In this discussion with the YALSA president, learn about the books teens are reading and 2012 teen reading trends.

Teen Reading Trends: 2008-2009
What are the latest teen reading trends? In this discussion with the 2008-2009 YALSA president, find out about the young adult books teens are reading and teen reading trends.

Teen Reading: Trends and Resources
What are the trends in teen reading and young adult (YA) books? Thanks to an interview with the president of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, I learned about teen reading trends and some recommended young adult books.

Teens Love Twilight!
Check out these comments from teen readers of the enormously popular Twilight series.

The Alex Awards
You need to know about the Alex Award winners if you're looking for adult books that are recommended for teens.

The Book Thief
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is an extraordinary book by Markus Zusak. This Michael L. Printz Honor book is recommended for mature teens and adults.

The Mortal Instruments
Refer to this overview of the Mortal Instruments series to learn more about this urban fantasy series for teens by Cassandra Clare.

The Thrilling Conclusion! Inheritance
Learn more about the final book in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.

The Twilight Saga
Find out more about the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer, including information about mature content and appropriate age level.

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide
Read the The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, a new book about the Twilight series. Refer to The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide to learn more about the Twilight series.

The Twilight Series - For What Age Is It Appropriate?
Read over these comments from parents, teachers, and librarians on the Twilight series to help you decide if Twilight and the other books in the series are age appropriate for your kids.

10 Popular Books for Teen Boys
Find out about teen books for teen boys. When looking for popular books for teen boys, what young adult books do teen boys like? Learn about top teen books for boys from this list of popular teen books for teen boys.

Top Ten Young Adult Books
This annotated list from the About Contemporary Literature Guide contains his recommended Top Ten Young Adult (YA) books.

Twilight
Here is a review of Twilight, the first book in the Twilight Series. This is a review of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Check out this review of the teen book Twilight, the first book in the Twilight Series.

Twilight and Tweens
Refer to this article to read comments from tweens 9-12 about Twilight and learn why they think it is or isn't age appropriate for younger kids.

Twilight Series - Readers Respond - How Do You Feel About Twilight Series
The Twilight Series - Find out what others think of the Twilight book series and share your opinion of the Twilight series as a teen book series.

Urban Fantasy Books for Teens
Check out this list of popular urban fantasy books for teens.

Urban Fantasy FAQ
Read this FAQ about young adult (YA) urban fantasy books to learn all about the genre and why teens like them so much.

Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting from Twilight to Dawn
Book Review of Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep you Knitting from Twilight to Dawn Vampire Knits is a knitting book for teenagers who like to read vampire books like Twilight and Vampire Diaries.

Young Adult Books – YA Booklists – YALSA Awards and YALSA YA Booklists of...
If you are looking for young adult books (YA books) and YA booklists, be sure and visit the website of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The YALSA website features award winning YA books, popular YA books, and recommended young adult books with a variety of YA booklists.

Teen Book Review: Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
Impulse by popular author Ellen Hopkins is a book for teens about teen suicide that is written in verse. Ellen Hopkins' teen book Impulse is a novel in verse about teen suicide, second chances, and the power of friendship.

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going is is a novel for teens about the friendship between two very different teenagers.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a popular book for many mother/daughter book clubs. Mothers and teen daughters can discuss the book's many themes including friendship, segregation, courage, and equal rights.

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children
If you are looking for a quirky fantasy for teens, I recommend Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, a young adult book by Ransom Riggs.

How Does The Hunger Games Movie Compare With the Book
How do you think The Hunger Games movie compares with the book? Find out what other people think and share your opinion.

Wheels of Change:
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, a popular novel about bullying and peer pressure, is a favorite with middle school students.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Doll Bones by Holly Black
Teens up to age 14 will enjoy Doll Bones by Holly Black.

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