Spotlight on Teen Fiction

Get teens reading with selctions from one of these book lists.

  • Grades: 6–8, 9–12

A selection of List Exchange Book Lists created by teachers, reading experts, and Scholastic editors. Book Lists are an excellent classroom tool that helps you save time, learn from people in your field, and get students excited about reading. Send Book Lists home, copy and modify them to suit your needs, and share your own creations with others!

- African American Teen Fiction — From poetry to basketball to SAT prep, contemporary fiction featuring African American teens that shows life in all of its gritty detail. Book List created by Scholastic Books & Authors Editor Gabrielle Balkan.

Books include: The Beast (Walter Dean Myers), The First Part Last (Angela Johnson), and Kendra (Coe Booth)

- Celebrity Favorites — Celebrities, from actor actor Patricia Arquette to singer Clay Aiken, share favorite books from their teen years. Book list created by Sonja Cole, former librarian and host of Bookwink.com.

Books include: The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath), The Color Purple (Alice Walker), and The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)

- Don't Graduate Without Reading These Books — High school classics chosen not only because of their literary merit, but because of their high-interest, compelling subject matter. Book list created by Scholastic Classroom Solutions Teacher Advisor Nancy Barile.

Books include: The Awakening (Kate Chopin), The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald), and Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)

- For Fans of The Hunger Games — Now that Suzanne Collins has concluded The Hunger Games trilogy, dystopian- loving teens will be looking for new books to keep them up late. Book List created by Scholastic Books & Authors Editor Gabrielle Balkan.

Books include:  The Bublebee Flies Anyway (Robert Cormier), Feed (M.T. Anderson), and The House of Stairs (William Sleator)

- Great Grown-up Books for Teens — If your middle-schooler yearns to read "adult" books, try these titles that earned Alex Awards: the Young Adult Library Services Association's annual selection of adult books that offer appeal to teen readers. Compiled by Scholastic Parents Magazine.

Books include: Change and Eng (Darin Strauss), Girl With a Pear Earring (Tracy Chevalier), and Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)

- Popular Series for Teens & Tweens

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- Steampunk — A sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction, Steampunk denotes work set in an era or world where steam power is still widelt used — often Victorian or Edwardian England, but with prominent elements of science fiction or fantasy. Popular with goths, gamers, and sci-fi fans. Book list created by reading expert Nancy Keane.

Books include: Airborn (Kenneth Oppel), The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman), and Mortal Engines (Philip Reeve)

- Teen Reads 2010 — Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Here are some of the nominations from 2010.

Books include: By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead (Julie Anne Peters), Along for the Ride (Sarah Dessen), and Wintergirls (Laurie Halse Anderson)

- Teens' Top Ten (2008 – 2009) — More than 11,000 teen voters chose Paper Towns (John Green) as their favorite book in the ALA 2009 Teens' Top Ten. See other selections from Teens' Top Ten picks in 2008 – 2009.

Books Include: Graceling (Kristin Cashore), The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), and Untamed: A House of the Nigh Novel (P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast)

- Teens' Top Ten (2006 – 2007) — More than 6,000 teen readers across the country chose New Moon (Stephenie Meyer) as their favorite book in the annual ALA Teens' Top Ten in 2007. See other selections from Teens' Top Ten picks in 2006 – 2007.

Books Include: Eldest: Inheritance (Christopher Paolini), Firegirl (Tony Abbott), Peeps (Scott Westerfeld), and The Road of the Dead (Kevin Brooks)

- Vampires — "I vant to suck your blood," is cliche, but vampire teen romance is all the rage. With the Twilight series fueling a new genre, older students will definitely enjoy these books. The fact that a number of them are from series means even more reading to enjoy. Created by Scholastic Teacher Advisor Jeremy Brunaccioni.

Books include: 666: The Number of the Beast (various Authors), Eight Grade Bites (Heather Brewer), and The Vampire's Assistant (Darren Shan)

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