Reading List for Teens


Reading List for Teens

Teenage readers have a unique set of interests that makes it challenging to find books to keep their interest until the final chapter. The good news is there are many excellent authors writing for the teen genre today, offering fantasy, romance and other styles of fiction to match every readers’ individual tastes. This list represents some of the most popular books teenagers are reading now.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (Science Fiction)
A cruel Capital forces young children to compete in the Hunger Games each year to the death on live television. The series features three books, “The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay,” as well as a major motion picture depicting the first book.

The Kill Order by James Dashner (Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic)
The prequel the “Maze Runner” series offers readers a glimpse of what occurred before the maze was built. When sun flares hit the earth, Mark and Trina must learn how to survive. What happens next is even more challenging for the pair.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Epistolary Novel)
The story of growing up in high school, told through the eyes of one teen boy. The letters Charlie writes deal with the many issues teens face in high schools across the country today. There is an element of humor, mixed with drama, confusion and teen angst.

All Good Children by Catherine Austen (Drama)
In this futuristic novel, students are given a new “vaccine” by the government that makes them easier to teach. Max and his family have to decide whether they will accept the new vaccine, flee their home or stay and fight the government.

Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Young Adult Literature)
Photography and storytelling collide in this tale of an abandoned orphanage and a mysterious island. When 16-year-old Jacob ends up on the island, he begins to explore the seemingly deserted island to discover the secrets hidden within.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (Young Adult Fiction)
This chilling tale deals with very real teen issues like fitting in and eating disorders. When Lia’s best friend is taken from her through bulimia, Lia is haunted by her friend’s presence.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Science Fiction)
When Arthur Dent is rescued by aliens just prior to the complete destruction of the earth, he is launched into a steady stream of adventures of an out-of-this-world kind.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Historical Fiction)
A novel that deals with life Jews experienced under Nazi rule. The narrator of the story is Death, which tells the tale of a young girl living with foster parents. The child begins stealing books and learns to read them, opening her eyes to the world around her.

Ashfall by Mike Mullin (Science Fiction)
When a volcano erupts in Yellowstone and destroys everything around him, Alex must travel to find his parents and sister. The newly formed landscape after the natural disaster makes travel difficult and opens up a host of new adventures.

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (Speculative Fiction)
A teenage girl narrates the events as the world slowly unravels. This book provides a futuristic look at what would happen if the rotation of the earth suddenly slowed.

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (Science Fiction)
The next book in the Lorien Series has the same intensity of action fans of this series have learned to love. While the characters must work together to survive, there is no guarantee that teamwork alone is enough to keep them alive.

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott (Historic Fiction)
Tess is an aspiring seamstress who finds herself on the doomed voyage of the Titanic. In a world of haves and have-nots, Tess learns much about herself, her culture, and the people she is surrounded by.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Survival Fiction)
A 15-year-old Lithuanian girl must fight for herself and her family under the threat of prison camps in Siberia. Her only hope is to write her story and bury it in a jar for someone else to find.

Looking for Alaska by John Green (Juvenile Fiction)
Miles is headed for boarding school at the age of 16, where he makes good friends and learns to play an array of funny pranks. However, a fatal car accident suddenly gives life a different perspective, and Miles is left looking for difficult answers.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (Teen Fiction)
This novel describes the adventures four high school friends who must spend a summer vacation apart. The foursome agrees to pass along with a single pair of pants they have all vowed to wear throughout the months to absorb each girl’s stories.

Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell their Stories by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones (Juvenile Fiction)
This award-winning book takes the reader through the experiences of 70 students who experienced bullying as victims, observers or perpetrators. This personal book is sure to evoke a multitude of emotions from the reader.

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys (Literary Fiction)
When Charlie Gordon sees how brain surgery makes a little mouse more intelligent, he begins to think the same could work for him. However, after Charlie’s surgery, he sees through the mouse what his future might look like as the mouse begins to experience negative effects of the surgery.

Legend by Marie Lu (Science Fiction)
A futuristic world with the United States split into two warring factions is the setting for this novel. Two fifteen-year-olds thrown into the war of this world realize that although they are sworn enemies, they have a common enemy that is much bigger.

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Science Fiction)
Set in a futuristic Chicago, the main character, Beatrice Prior, is tasked with choosing factions that will determine her future. This book is one of a popular series of three books by Roth – all dealing with the consequences of choice on her teen protagonists.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Young Adult Fiction)
Colin Singleton is tired of being dumped by women named Katherine, so the child prodigy sets out to prove his theory about Katherine predictability. However, in his quest, he learns things that will impact future relationships and the rest of his life.

Resources Used:

Young Adult Library Services Association. Division of the American Library Association geared to teenage and young adult readers.

National Public Radio. A media organization committed to distributing news, information and music to the general public.

Chicago Public Library. Public library system throughout Chicago area – offers special programs and assistance for teen readers.

Duluth Public Library. Public library in Minnesota offering reading list for young adults and teen readers.