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Great books for young adults


Teenagers are very busy people. They must juggle full academic loads, extra curricular activities, plus many social ties that typify teen years. It is hard to find time to read.

Many teens do not believe that reading is important. But, research shows that children and teens who read often have higher IQs. They are also more creative, do better in school, and get higher paying jobs.

Whatever your teen chooses to read for pleasure, encourage it. Many teens love horror stories. Some like fantasy and science fiction. While others prefer action filled spy thrillers. For healthy development, it is crucial that your teen keep reading just for the joy of reading. Whether your teen chooses a “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” novel or selects a book on psychic phenomena, the important thing is that she is reading something that she enjoys just for fun.

Great books for young adults

  1. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  2. The Lord of the Rings boxed set by J. R. R. Tolkien
  3. Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
  4. The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  5. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  6. A Series of Unfortunate Events (books 1-3) by Lemony Snicket
  7. A Series of Unfortunate Events (books 7-9) by Lemony Snicket
  8. Harry Potter boxed set (books 1-5) by J.K. Rowling
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  10. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  11. Pirates! by Celia Rees
  12. Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
  13. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  14. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  15. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  16. Princess in Pink by Meg Cabot
  17. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
  18. Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L.A. Meyer
  19. The Wind in the Willows by Ellen Miles
  20. Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
  21. Everest by Gordon Korman
  22. Raven of the Waves by Michael Cadnum
  23. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  24. Experanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  25. Max the Mighty by Rodman Filbrick
  26. Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
  27. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  28. The Divide by Elizabeth Kay
  29. Anne of Green Gables (books 4-6) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  30. Outside Shooter by Thomas Dygard
  31. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Adapted from materials from the National Education Association,, from Choose the Right Books for Kids, and from the American Library Associations Teen Reading Web site,


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