Parents | Raising readers & learners.

Home of Parent & Child Magazine

Edgy Books Your Pre-Teen Will Love

Read these books before your child to make sure they are appropriate, but pre-teens around the country are in love with these gritty YA stories.
Cover image for Divergent
Series: Divergent Series, Book #1
by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior”s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent).

Read More
Cover image for Insurgent
Series: Divergent Series, Book #2
by Veronica Roth

Tris Prior survived her initiation day physically. Emotionally, she is racked with guilt and anguish. Her parents sacrificed their lives to protect her. And she had to shoot her friend Will. There were no other options available. It was kill or be killed.

Read More
Cover image for Allegiant
Series: Divergent Series, Book #3
by Veronica Roth

What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation — like a single choice — changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? In the final chapter, revelations finally come to light that force Tris to make impossible choices involving courage, sacrifice, and love.

Read More
Cover image for One Crazy Summer
One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia
Eleven-year-old Delphine has it together. Even though her mother, Cecile, abandoned her and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, seven years ago. Even though her father and Big Ma will send them from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to stay with Cecile for the summer.
Read More
Cover image for The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
Series: The Hunger Games, Book #1
by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts.

Read More
Cover image for Operation Red Jericho
Operation Red Jericho
by Joshua Mowll

A sister and brother's search for their missing parents uncovers a mysterious secret society in an action-filled sea-and-land saga centered in 1920s Shanghai.

Read More
Cover image for Wintergirls
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss — her life — and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her.

Read More
Cover image for The Raven Boys
The Raven Boys
Series: The Raven Cycle, Book #1
by Maggie Stiefvater
"'There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve,' Neeve said. 'Either you're his true love...or you killed him.'"
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past.
Read More
Cover image for Matched
Series: Matched Trilogy
by Ally Condie

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe.

Read More
Cover image for Cinder
by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth”s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg.

Read More
Cover image for The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner
Series: Maze Runner, Book #1
by James Dashner
Welcome to the Glade... Can You Get Out? Thomas awakens alone and confused in an elevator. He can't remember how he got there. He doesn't know anything about himself...except his name. When he gets out of the elevator, he finds other boys, 60 of them.
Read More
Cover image for City of Halves
City of Halves
by Lucy Inglis

London. Present day. Girls are disappearing. And strange things are roaming the streets.

Read More

Find Just-Right Books

Sponsor Spotlight