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10 Worthy Books for Young Adult and Teen Readers

10 books for teen readers. This book list for teen readers is a mix of new and old titles that would be a great addition to any bookshelf, classroom or school library from 2 Peas and a Dog. #reading #teenreads #teenbooks #classroombooks #education

Teens readers enjoy reading books that interest them and that they can relate to. It is important to encourage teen readers to continue this habit by providing them with access to interesting and engaging books. This book list for teen readers is a mix of new and old titles that would be a great addition to any bookshelf, classroom or school library. These teen/YA novels come highly recommended by teen readers and high school ELA teachers.

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10 Worthy Books for Young Adult and Teen Readers

The list below is a great starting point when looking for books for teen readers for your classroom library, school library or to buy them for their personal collection.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Realistic Fiction)

Maddy is a seventeen year old girl living with a rare form of disease that causes her to be allergic to the world. Unable to leave her house and live a normal life every other teenage girl. Little did she know her future was set to change when a handsome boy moves in next door.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Science Fiction)

Life is different now in the new USA. Women like Offred are now forced to save the declining birth rate by being surrogates to wealthier families.

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas (Realistic Fiction)

Starr is a sixteen year old girl living her life in between two worlds, the poor neighborhood is lives in and the affluent school she attends. Her life takes a drastic turn when her childhood best friend Khalil, is shot by a police officer.

1984 by George Orwell (Classical Fiction/Science Fiction)

Winston Smith lives in a totalitarian and bureaucratic world, where his every move and thought are monitored by the government. Will he maintain the status quo or look for new experiences.

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus (Realistic Fiction)

On any other day students at Bayview High go in for detention and head home after they have served their time. When the creator of their high school gossip app Simon, dies 24 hours before he posts the juiciest gossip there is ever yet to be on 4 high profile students, who’s the killer?

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (Classical Fiction/Realistic Fiction)

Holden Caulfield is a disengaged sixteen year old boy who leaves schools and goes on an adventure in New York City for three days. His inner thoughts are shared with the reader as they join him on his self discovery journey.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Mystery Fiction)

Fifteen year old Christopher has Autism and views the world through his logical lens. When his neighbours dog is found murdered his uses his skills to find out who committed this crime.

What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee (Realistic Fiction)

After the suicide of his father Will attempts to put these piece of his life back together. He spends the majority of his days at work, walking the streets of LA and attempting to recreate his father’s cornbread recipe. Read my review of this novel here.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Realistic Fiction)

Piece by piece seventeen year old Mia attempts to piece together the remements of her life after a devastating car accident. Everything has changed for her after the accident.

Come Back To Me by Mila Gray (Romance)

Jessa has known her brother’s best friend Kit for a long time, but this is the summer he finally noticed her. Will this just be a summer romance between a girl and a US Marine on leave or will it turn into something more serious? Soon after her brother and Kit redeploy a Marine Chaplain arrives at her door with news.

12 Genre Book Reports Assignment

Love teaching with genres?

Help your teen readers dive deeper into their reading with these 12 different genre-focused book report assignments. Each assignment enables students to showcase their creativity while meeting curriculum standards. This assignment covers both fiction and non-fiction books. The assignment structure rotates every three months helping students achieve proficiency, while still providing student choice. Assignments can be used in any order. A sample teaching schedule is provided.

Included Genres

  • Realistic Fiction
  • Mystery Fiction
  • Graphic Novel
  • Science Fiction
  • Biography & Memoirs
  • Historical Fiction
  • Classical Fiction (pre-1970)
  • Fantasy Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Traditional Literature vs. Fractured Fairy Tales
  • Sports Fiction
  • Free Verse Fiction

Assignment Types:

  1. Written Response – critical thinking and written reflection assignment.
  2. Creative Choice Board – students are provided with 3 options and must select which creative option they want to produce.
  3. Oral Presentation – a book talk format assignment.
  4. Student-Created Lesson based on a non-fiction book
  5. Traditional Literature vs. Fractured Fairy Tales Comparison Assignment

Find the 12 Genres Book Reports resource on Shopify CAD or Teachers Pay Teachers USD.

For more great middle school books, check out this blog post – Best Middle School Book Recommendations. Also, check out some fantastic YA books in this blog post – High School Book Recommendations.

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