Our library is lucky to have hosted a Teen Working Group who was committed to helping in various ways around the library. First things first, we got some book recommendations from:
- Avnish K
- Will L
- Lindsey W who suggests a reading list for Middle Schoolers and one for High Schoolers
Want to join the Teen Working Group? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon is one of the most thrilling novels I’ve ever read. Set in the backdrop of New York City, it has the perfect combination of politics, crime and romance. Two very powerful men – standing on the different sides of the law – like Jennifer Parker, who struggles initially in her career only to become one of the most prominent lawyer. The novel’s plot simply amazed me and its climax is the best I’ve ever read. It is undoubtedly my favorite novel.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – This mystery novel stands apart as it really popped questions in my mind of what is fiction and what is true. The novel revolves around the history of Christianity. It was one of the most researched fictional novel that I have read. It was a very exciting novel and as I read on the novel, I googled to find whether the various claims made by the novel were true or not. Whatever the results were, it definitely caught my attention.
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling – The famous seven-book series was the one that got me into reading novels. Set in a magical world, the plot simply takes one into a separate world. The best part about these novels was that the protagonist was a teenager and that made me directly connect to the novel. The whole story was from a teenager’s point of view and the language was also very simple and easy to understand. And unlike such supernatural stories, the novels didn’t felt that paranormal. Check it out!
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – I have read pages about the Holocaust in my history textbook, but it was this novel that really made the strongest impact on me and made me realize the gravity of the trouble of Jews and others during the Nazi oppression. It gives a real-life account of what it was like to live as a Jew during that era. And the most eye-catching thing about the diary was its abrupt ending. The fact that a person as young as 13 wrote it also amazed me. Check it out!
Looking for Alaska by John Green For Miles, life held no special appeal. He had exactly no friends, and no excitement whatsoever. That is until he got to school. Now, he is caught up in a new world of social battles and wild fun. But eventually, all good things turn bad, and here, they go bad big time. This story of a social outcast turned local icon, touches upon some of the most important issues faced by teens today. This novel is recommended for early teens, and offers much in the way of metaphorical analysis, but is also deeply entertaining for less analytical young adult readers. Tags: Teen Based, Serious, Social Issues.
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. This book was assigned reading for my school a few years ago, but I really liked it so here goes. This futuristic tale tells the story of a young clone on the run for his life. In this time, clones are grown to provide needed organs for the super wealthy. But being killed so his father could live just never made sense to Matteo, so when his time came, he did what anyone in his situation would do– he ran blindly. Now with the help of some other runaways, he must brave the treacherous Mexican desert and sneak his way to relative safety north of the boarder. But as he and the others will find, that’s much easier said than done… Check it out!
Tags: Future, SciFi, Horror, Clones.
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov – This ground-breaking collection of short stories portrays a possible future in which robots teeter on the verge of self-recognition, and subsequently, self sufficiency. That is, that this collections deals with the theory that robots might be capable of recognizing that they, in fact, can function without the assistance of humans, and the possible effects that would have on the course of human history. This book contains nine stories of the world of today, through the eyes of the 1950’s author. This is just one book in Asimov’s “robots” series, including The Caves of Steel, The Robots of Dawn, and The Naked Sun.
Tags: SciFi, Futuristic, Short Stories.
I am Legend by Richard Matheson The novel upon which the popular motion picture of the same name is based, Richard Matheson’s haunting mid-apocalyptic vision tells the tale of the sole survivor of a worldwide pandemic of vampirism. In Los Angeles, Robert Neville has transformed his modest home into a bunker, his only protection from nightly attacks from the infected, blood thirsty populace. In an effort based in self preservation, Neville begins a search for a cure for the infected. With plot twists and analysis of human nature that put the film to shame, “I Am Legend” is perfect for anyone looking for a dark, yet thought provoking novel.
Tags: Dark, Horror, Futuristic, Science Fiction.
Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy and EM Swift. The first ten seconds of Travis’s college hockey career were a dream. The eleventh was not. That’s because it was during that eleventh second that Travis hit the wall of the rink and fractured his spine, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. But Travis is a fighter, always has been, and its going to take more than that to get him to give up. Now he travels around the country preaching the never-give-up attitude that makes his story so inspiring to anyone who reads it.
Tags: Inspirational, True Story, Sports.
The Giver by Louis Lowry takes place in a society where there are no colors, the temperature is always the same, and jobs and families are assigned, and anyone who breaks the rules is “released”, which is the governments term for killed. The Giver tells the story of Jonas, an eleven year old boy who is assigned the job of a “receiver of memory” and through this job learns about how different the world can be, and through this knowledge, tries to find a way out of his utopian society. Check it out!
Holes by Louis Sachar is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats, who is wrongly blamed of stealing a pair of shoes, and ends up at a youth detention center called Camp Green Lake where he and the other boys living there are forced to dig holes in the ground all day long, which the warden says is for character building, but Stanley and his friends soon find out the real reason they have to dig the holes. Holes was also made into a movie in 2003 starring Shia LeBeouf. Check it out!
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton was written when she was just sixteen years old, and depicts two rival gangs but delves deeper into society as a whole and the effects of social groups on individuals. It shows the importance of not judging people, and that anyone can surprise you with their actions. The Outsiders was also made into a movie in 1983. Check it out!
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is about a girl who calls the police to a party right before school starts where there is drinking, and then begins the year with no friends, because they all deserted her after of the phone call, and a reputation as a tattle tale. Since she is a social outcast, she has no one to talk to about what really happened to her at the party, and the real reason she called the police; Speak is about her struggle to raise her voice and was made into a movie starring Kristen Stewart. Check it out!
Hatchet by Gary Paulson is a classic novel about a boy who is stranded alone in the Canadian wilderness and has to learn how to survive. This book is full of adventure and is a great read over and over again. Check it out!
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman is the story of girl named Lyra who lives at Jordan College in England, her best friend Roger disappears along with a lot of other children, so she goes on a journey to find him. This book is full of magic and adventure, and has two phenomenal sequels. It was made into a major motion picture in 2007 starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Check it out!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling is the first book in the wildly popular seven-book Harry Potter series, and tells the story of Harry Potter, an eleven-year old orphan boy who finds out he is a wizard. It follows Harry as he learns who Lord Voldemort is and how to make objects fly and attends classes at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Six out of the seven books have been made into movies so far starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. Check it out!
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a survival and adventure story. Piscine “Pi” Molitor Patel is stuck on a life-boat alone with a wounded zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a 450-pound tiger in the Indian Ocean. The Life of Pi is beautifully written and causes you to think and talk about the book for days after you have finished reading it. Check it out! Tags: Survival, Adventure, Fiction, Tiger, Religion, Animals, India
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen is the story of Halley and her best friend Scarlett. All their lives Scarlett has been looking out for Halley, but when Scarlett’s boyfriend Michael dies in a car crash, at the same time she finds out she is pregnant with his child, Halley has to be the one to support her friend. Told through the eyes of Halley as she helps Scarlett and falls in love with Michael’s best friend Macon, this story is a must read for every teenage girl. Check it out! Tags: Romance, Grief, Pregnancy, Friendship, Fiction, High-School
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins takes place in a dystopian world where once a year 24 kids are drawn out of a lottery to fight for survival on “The Hunger Games.” This book is the story of Katniss Everdeen, one of the 24 kids, and while the book sounds gruesome, and can be, it is actually touching at parts. (NOT in library catalog.) Tags: Survival, Adventure, Romance, Family, Fiction
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is an unconventional love story told from the points of view of Henry and Clare. The story revolves around the fact that Henry is a time traveler, and unwillingly and with no advance notice can find himself somewhere he had dinner once 20 years in the past. Check it out! Tags: Romance, Time Travel, Fiction, Family
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is the author’s only novel, it takes place on the Yorkshire Moors in the early 1800’s and is a dark story of the disastrous and wonderful effects of love. This book is a fast-paced fabulous classic, and is a no times boring. Check it out! Tags: Classics, Romance, Fiction
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult is about the aftermath of a fictional high school shooting. Jodi Picoult writes in a way that makes you question what you believe about the story after each new development, and fabulously blurs the line between right and wrong, and good and bad. Check it out! Tags: Fiction, Family, High-School, Violence
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is a story of survival told by a 16 year old girl named Miranda. After a meteor hits the moon and pushes it off its axis the world is plagued with earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and ice cold weather. Miranda and her family fight to survive the disasters. (NOT in the library catalog.) Tags: Fiction, Family, Survival, Disaster