Recommended Reads – Teen

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It's an age-old problem: so many books and so little time. How to decide what to read next? Fear not, you've come to the right place. Here are some lists to get you started.

Full Steam Ahead!

(Steampunk fiction)

The Leviathan Trilogy

by Scott Westerfield

Infernal Devices series

by Cassandra Clare

Matt Cruse Trilogy

by Kenneth Oppel

Iron Codex series

by Caitlin Kittredge

The Finishing School series

by Gail Carriger

Monster Blood Tattoo series

by D.M. Cornish

The Looking Glass Wars series

by Frank Beddor

Magic Under series

by Jaclyn Dolamore

Dark Unwinding series

by Sharon Cameron

The Unnaturalists series

by Tiffany Trent

Incarceron series

by Catherine Fisher

Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

ed. by Kelly Link

The Unnaturalists series

by Tiffany Trent

The Unnaturalists series

by Tiffany Trent

Vamp It Up

(Vampire fiction)

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

by Heather Brewer

Slayer Chronicles

by Heather Brewer

The Reformed Vampire Support Group

by Catherine Jinks

Life Sucks

by Jessica Abel

Night Road

by A.M. Jenkins

Peeps series

by Scott Westerfeld

Sucks to Be Me series

by Kimberly Pauley

Blue Bloods series

by Melissa De La Cruz

House of Night series

by P.C. and Kristen Cast

Cirque du Freak

by Darren Shan

Vampire Academy series

by Richelle Mead

Tantalize series

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Evernight series

by Claudia Gray

Department 19 series

by Will Hill

Vampire Kisses series

by Ellen Schreiber

The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales

ed. by Trisha Telep

Teeth: Vampire Tales

ed. by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

My Swordhand is Singing

by Marcus Sedgwick


Chibi Vampire

by Tohru Kai

Vampire Knight

by Matsuri Hino


by Svetlana Chmakova

Rosario + Vampire

by Akihisa Ikeda

Om Nom, Zombies

(Zombie Fiction)

Living Dead Love Story series

by Rusty Fischer

Dead City series

by James Ponti

Eat, Brains, Love series

by Jeff Hart

The Enemy series

by Charlie Higson

The End Games

by T. Michael Martin

The Girl With All the Gifts

by M.R. Carey

This Is Not A Test

by Courtney Summers

Zom-B series

by Darren Shan

Forest of Hands and Teeth series

by Carrie Ryan

The Benny Imura series

by Jonathan Maberry

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series

by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen and Steve Hockensmith

Chronicles of Nick series

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Ashes Trilogy

by Ilsa J. Bick

White Rabbit Chronicles

by Gena Showalter


by Michael Thomas Ford

The Reapers are the Angels

by Alden Bell

Zombies vs Unicorns

ed. by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

The End of the World

(Apocalyptic & dystopian)

The Hunger Games trilogy

by Suzanne Collins

Little Brother

by Cory Doctorow


by Cory Doctorow

For the Win

by Cory Doctorow

The Gone series

by Michael Grant

Unwind Dystology series

by Neal Schusterman

The Uglies series

by Scott Westerfield

Chaos Walking trilogy

by Patrick Ness

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley

Winter's End

by Jean-Claude Mourlevat

Ship Breaker series

by Paolo Bacigalupi

Incarceron series

by Catherine Fisher


by George Orwell


by Pete Hautman


by M.T. Anderson

The Legend series

by Marie Lu

Matched series

by Ally Condie

The Chemical Garden trilogy

by Lauren DeStefano

Delirium series

by Lauren Oliver

Birthmarked series

by Caragh O'Brien

Maze Runner series

by James Dashner

Divergent trilogy

by Veronica Roth

The Dustlands series

by Moira Young

The Mortality Doctrine series

by James Dashner

The Selection series

by Kiera Cass

The Book of Ivy series

by Amy Engel

Seven Second Delay

by Tom Easton

The Mortality Doctrine series

by James Dashner

Taken series

by Erin Bowman

The Darkest Minds

by Alexandra Bracken

Dark and Stormy Nights



by Jennifer Bradbury

The Girl in the Park

by Mariah Fredericks


by Andy Mulligan

Kiki Strike series

by Kirsten Miller

I Am Princess X

by Cherie Priest

What I Saw and How I Lied

by Judy Blundell

You Killed Wesley Payne

by Sean Beaudoin

The Gallagher Girls series

by Ally Carter

The Heist Society series

by Ally Carter

Mickey Bolitar series

by Harlan Coben

Cross My Heart series

by Sasha Gould


by Stefan Petrucha

Shades of London series

by Maureen Johnson

Jasper Dent series

by Barry Lyga

The Naturals series

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Lying Game series

by Sara Shepard

Books by April Henry

Point Last Seen series

Girl, Stolen

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

The Night She Disappeared

Shock Point

The Girl I Used to Be

Rolling in the Wit


Swim the Fly trilogy

by Don Calame


by Terry Pratchett

Voss: how I come to America and am hero, mostly

by Terry Pratchett

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

by Patrick Ness

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

by E. Lockhart

I am a genius of unspeakable evil and I want to be your class president

by Josh Lieb

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

The Princess Bride

by Josh Lieb

The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

by Walter Moers

Two parties, one tux, and a very short film about the Grapes of Wrath

by Steven Goldman

Beauty Queens

by Libba Bray

Going Bovine

by Libba Bray

Bumped series

by Megan McCafferty

Crap Kingdom

by DC Pierson


by A.M. Jenkins

Sleeping Freshman Never Lie

by David Lubar

An Abundance of Katherines

by John Green

Sophomores and Other Oxymorons

by David Lubar

Character, Driven

by David Lubar


by Noelle Stevenson

Last Dragonslayer series

by Jasper Fforde

Bad Unicorn series

by Platte F. Clark

Croak series

by Gina Damico

Grasshopper Jungle

by Andrew Smith

There is No Dog

by Meg Rosoff

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

by Jesse Andrews

Evil Librarian

by Michelle Knudsen

Manga Man

by Barry Lyga

Trouble is a Friend of Mine

by Stephanie Tromly

Necromancer series

by Lish McBride

The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion

by Chris McCoy

Rebel Belle series

by Rachel Hawkins

Bloody Jack series

by L.A. Meyer

King Dork series

by Frank Portman

Does My Head Look Big in This?

by Randa Abdel-Fattah

It's All Your Fault

by Paul Rudnick

Boys Don't Knit (In Public)

by T.S. Easton

The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong

by L. Tam Holland

Kill the Boy Band

by Goldy Moldavsky

Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend

by Alan Cumyn

Winger series

by Andrew Smith

Out of This World

(Science fiction)

Hell's Cross trilogy

by David Macinnis Gill

Pluto series

by Naoki Urasawa

Tin Star series

by Cecil Castellucci


by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The Klaatu Diskos trilogy

by Pete Hautman

Salvage series

by Alexandra Duncan

Losers in Space

by John Barnes

The Ender series

by Orson Scott Card

Earth Girl series

by Janet Edwards

Starbound series

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Across the Universe series

by Beth Revis

Avalon series

by Mindee Arnett


by M.T. Anderson

Lunar Chronicles series

by Marissa Meyer

Sky Chasers trilogy

by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Starglass series

by Phoebe North

A Confusion of Princes

by Garth Nix

The Cage series

by Megan Shepherd

Star Wars: Lost Stars

by Claudia Gray

The Ever-Expanding Universe series

by Martin Leicht & Ilsa Neal

InterWorld series

by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves

Stitching Snow

by R.C. Lewis

Spinning Starlight

by R.C. Lewis

Non-Boring Non-Fiction

Rookie Yearbook series

ed. by Tavi Gevinson

Symphony for the City of the Dead

by M.T. Anderson

Stonewall : Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights

by Ann Bausum

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

by Phillip Hoose

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

by Steve Sheinkin

Honor Girl

by Maggie Thrash

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia

by Candace Fleming

I Am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai

Wheels of Change

by Sue Macy

They Call Themselves the K.K.K.

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

We Should Hang Out Sometime

by Josh Sundquist

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

by Don Brown

This Star Won't Go Out

by Esther Earl


by Maya Van Wagenen

Beyond Magenta

by Susan Kuklin

Three Little Words

by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Laughing at My Nightmare

by Shane Burcaw


by Liz Prince

Hyperbole and a Half

by Allie Brosh


by M.P. Goodwin

The Influencing Machine

by Brooke Gladstone

El Deafo

by Cece Bell


by Daniel H. Wilson


by Karen Blumenthal

The Amazing Book is Not on Fire

by Dan Howell

Cool Classics

Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley


by George Orwell

The Diary of a Young Girl

by Anne Frank

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen


by Jane Austen


by Jane Austen

To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

The Giver

by Lois Lowry

Catcher in the Rye

by J.D. Salinger

A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain

Maus: A Survivor's Tale

by Art Spiegelman

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Parable of the Sower

by Octavia E. Butler

The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou


by Laurie Halse Anderson

The House of the Scorpion

by Nancy Farmer


by Garth Nix

The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton

Flowers for Algernon

by Daniel Keyes

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

by Ken Kesey

The Bell Jar

by Sylvia Plath

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

The Hobbit

by J.R.R. Tolkien


by Kurt Vonnegut


by Bram Stoker

Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

The Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas

The Horror

The Girl From the Well series

by Rin Chupeco

172 Hours on the Moon

by Johan Harstad

Asylum series

by Madeline Roux


by Catherine Fisher

Long Lankin

by Lindsey Barraclough

The Mark of Cain

by Lindsey Barraclough

Cuckoo Song

by Frances Hardinge

The Lie Tree

by Frances Hardinge


by Micol Ostow

Cuckoo Song

by Frances Hardinge

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