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Tween Picks

Favorite Teen Books of Tweens & Young Teens

A book with an * has a sequel or is the first book in a series, so keep reading!

Realistic Fiction, Humor & Romance
Author Title
Bauer, Joan Hope Was Here
Rules of the Road*
Brashares, Ann Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants*
Cabot, Meg All-American Girl*
The Princess Diaries*
Carter, Ally I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You*
Curtis, Christopher Bucking the Sarge
Jaffe, Michele Bad Kitty
Levine, Gail Fairest
Limb, Sue Girl, 15, Charming but Insane*
Mlynowski, Sarah Bras and Broomsticks*
Murdock, Catherine Dairy Queen
Oates, Joyce Big Mouth & Ugly Girl
Pauley, Kimberly Sucks to Be Me*
Rennison, Louise Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging*
Sheldon, Dyan Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen*
Spinelli, Jerry Stargirl*
Wittlinger, Ellen Razzle
Woods, Brenda Emako Blue
Yolen, Jane Armageddon Summer

Mystery, Horror & Adventure
Author Title
Abrahams, Peter Down the Rabbit Hole
Balliett, Blue Chasing Vermeer
Carman, Patrick Dark Eden
Skeleton Creek*
Feinstein, John The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game*
Hahn, Mary Closed for the Season: a Mystery Story
Hautman, Pete The Obsidian Blade
Jay, Stacey My So-called Death
Karbo, Karen Minerva Clark Gets a Clue*
Landy, Derek Skulduggery Pleasant*
Munday, Evan The Dead Kid Detective Agency
Paulsen, Gary Hatchet*
Sauder, B. L. Year of the Golden Dragon
Shan, Darren The Birth of a Killer*
Cirque Du Freak*
Silvey, Craig Jasper Jones : a novel
Sleator, William The Boy Who Couldn’t Die
Springer, Nancy Case of the Missing Marquess*
Turner, Max Night Runner
Winterfeld, Henry Detectives in Togas

Historical Fiction
Author Title
Avi Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Doherty, Berlie Treason
Cushman, Karen Catherine, Called Birdy
The Midwife’s Apprentice
Hoffman, Alice Incantation
Hughes, Dean Missing in Action
Soldier Boys
Lester, Julius Day of Tears
Levine, Kristin Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
Meyer, L. A. Bloody Jack*
Meyer, Carolyn Mary, Bloody Mary*
Morpurgo, Michael War Horse
Namioka, Lensey Ties That Bind, Ties That Break
Paver, Michelle Wolf Brother
Peck, Robert Horse Thief
Ryan, Pam Esperanza Rising
Salisbury, Graham Under the Blood-Red Sun
Schmidt, Gary Wednesday Wars
Smelcer, John Great Death
Smith, Roland Elephant Run
Turner, Megan The Thief
Yancey, Richard The Monstrumologist*

Fantasy, Supernatural & Sci-Fi
Author Title
Bow, Erin Plain Kate
Brennan, Herbie The Doomsday Box*
Caine, Rachel Glass Houses*
Colfer, Eoin The Supernaturalist
Delaney, Joseph Revenge of the Witch*
Farmer, Nancy House of the Scorpion
Gaiman, Neil The Graveyard Book
Haddix, Margaret Found
Just Ella
Klass, David Stuck on Earth
Larbalestier, Justine How to Ditch Your Fairy
L’Homme, Erik Quadehar the Sorceror*
Lyga, Barry Archvillain
Meehl, Brian Suck It Up
Michelle, Sara The Aftermath
Milford, Kate Boneshaker
Moore, Stuart John Carter: The Movie Novel
Oppel, Kenneth Airborn*
Patterson, James Maximum Ride - The Angel Experiment*
Pfeffer, Susan Life As We Knew It*
Pinkwater, Daniel Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl
The Yggyssey
Rubinstein, Gillian Galax-Arena
Schreiber, Ellen Vampire Kisses*
Showalter, Gena Intertwined
Shusterman, Neil The Dark Side of Nowhere
Smith, L. J. Night World, No. 1*
Stead, Rebecca When You Reach Me
Westerfeld, Scott Leviathan*
Yolen, Jane Dragon’s Blood*
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