What are young teens reading these days?

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Are you making that list and checking it twice? Looking for some good ideas for books for your young teen reader?

As an author, I am constantly looking for good reads in the genre I write for: teen fiction. I not only like the genre, but also like seeing what other authors are writing about and how they write their stories. After reading their books, I write and publish a review on my blog. It brings attention to those books and gives a review not only for teens, but also for the ones who are ultimately buying the books, adults.

It is hard for us adults to know what is trending with teens without asking them. One of the things I know from experience about teen books is the story must be engaging. Not all kids even like to read. In fact, neither one of our teenaged sons are book readers. For them to be able to hang in there with a book, they must have a story that keeps moving. They each have recommended books to me they thought I should read and they have turned out to be great reads, even for me. 

The other thing is the book must be appropriate for the age group. If the story is too far ahead of them in maturity and theme, it may turn them off from the book and reading altogether. Some of the themes are not appropriate for younger teens but would be for older teens. There is a fine line there. As an adult and parent, we need to keep those things in mind when picking out books for them.


There are many lists of good books online to pick out some of these reads from. I listened to a podcast just before Thanksgiving that I learned about on Instagram. They interviewed a mother who reads with her son. They asked her about the kinds of books they liked to read and made suggestions on some books they could add to their list. The podcast is called What Should I Read Next by Anne Bogel. They suggested these following books for her and her son.

Counting by Sevens by Holly Goldberg Sloan – like the cover says, if you are lost, you may need to swim against the tide. Willow Chance is a smart twelve-year-old who has a hard Counting by 7stime connecting with others but must figure out how to do it when her parents are killed in a car accident


Green Glass House by Kate Milford – The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to sGreenglasspend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house.

Saving Marty by Paul Griffin – Renzo would never describe himself as a hero, but his chance comes when he adopts Marty, a runt piglet. Marty is extraordinary—he thinks he’s a dog and acts like one too—and his bond with Renzo is truly one of a kind. At first, Saving-Marty-Paul-Griffinthe family farm seems like the perfect home for Marty, but as he approaches 350 pounds, it becomes harder for Renzo to convince his mom that a giant pig makes a good pet. So, when Marty causes a dangerous (and expensive) accident, Renzo knows Marty’s time is up. He’d do anything and everything for his best friend, but will everything be enough to save Marty?

All of the above listed books are available on Amazon.com.

My book is also available on Amazon.com and is a teen read.  Here is a promo for it.

With the holiday season underway and Christmas just around the corner, have you thought about purchasing your very own copy of The Hard Way.

Looking for a good middle grade early teen read? Need a great holiday gift? How about a copy of my book The Hard Way Be sure to pick up a copy. It is available in e-book format on Amazon.com and in paperback on both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

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Here is the Amazon.com link! The Hard Way – Amazon.com

And the Barnes and Noble link! The Hard Way – Barnes and Noble

 In the next post, we will talk about a couple of reads for the older teen readers.

The photo of the young girl reading was taken by Josh Applegate and found on Unsplash

If you are interested in the What I Should Read Next Podcast I refer to in this post, you can find it here Podcast Episode 106. Each episode is different. They not only talk about kids books, but books for all readers and interview authors. Be sure to check it out.



3 Replies to “What are young teens reading these days?”

    1. Sounds great! Thanks for letting me know. I am going to compile a list of them and others to give away to people who sign up on my email list. I will be redoing my website this weekend and will be adding that feature to it.

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