Series Suggestions for Teens

  • Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker. (dystopian)
    In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota— and hopefully to live to see another day.
  • Bray, Libba. Gemma Doyle. (historical, paranormal)
    These dark, other-worldly fantasy books are part Victorian boarding school chronicle, part Gothic mansion mystery and part gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends.
  • Brewer, Heather. Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. (horror)
    Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and enlarged fangs.
  • Cabot, Meg. Airhead. (realistic)
    Following an accident, a 16-year-old tomboy wakes up to find she's in the body of a supermodel. Who's behind the switch, and how can Emerson get her best friend to realize she's still the same Em inside?
  • Carlson, Melody. On the Runway. (realistic)
    When Paige and Erin Forrester are offered their own TV show, sisterly bonds are tested as the girls learn that it takes two to keep their once-in-a-lifetime project afloat.
  • Carman, Patrick. Skeleton Creek. (horror)
    Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek . . . and Ryan and Sarah are trying to get to the heart of it.
  • Carter, Ally. Gallagher Girls. (realistic)
    Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, an all-girls school that teaches advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science.
  • Cast, P. C. and Kristin Cast. House of Night. (vampires)
    The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed.
  • Chima, Cinda Williams. Seven Realms. (fantasy)
    When 16-year-old Han and his friend encounter three underage wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea, he has no idea it will precipitate a cascade of disasters that threaten everything he cares about.
  • Chima, Cinda Williams. The Warrior Heir. (fantasy)
    Sixteen-year-old Jack lives an unremarkable life in his small Ohio town. Only the medicine he takes daily and the scar above his heart set him apart from other high-schoolers, until one day when Jack skips his medicine.
  • Clare, Cassandra. The Mortal Instruments. (paranormal)
    When 15-year-old Clary heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder— much less one committed by three teenagers with strange tattoos and bizarre weapons.
  • Dashner, James. The Maze Runner. (science fiction)
    Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze, and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
  • Farmer, Nancy. The Sea of Trolls. (mythology, fantasy)
    After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen.
  • Flanagan, John. Ranger's Apprentice. (adventure, fantasy)
    Skandia's borders have been breached, and Araluen is next. If the two kingdoms are to be saved, an unlikely union must be made.
  • Grant, Michael. Gone. (fantasy)
    Everyone disappears in a flash on their 15th birthday. It's a terrifying new world, and time is running out.
  • Harrington, Kim. Clarity. (mystery)
    Clarity sees things— things no one else can see— like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift and a curse.
  • Hawkins, Rachel. Hex Hall. (paranormal)
    Sophie is a witch. When she attracts too much attention for a prom-night spell gone wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, a reform school for wayward witches, faeries and shapeshifters.
  • Kessler, Jackie Morse. Riders of the Apocalypse. (urban fantasy)
    Normal teens with a variety of issues see the world differently when they become one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
  • Kostick, Conor. Epic. (science fiction)
    When Erik, seeking revenge for the unjust treatment of his parents, dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends find themselves up against the ultimate masters of the game: the Committee.
  • Marchetta, Melina. The Lumatere Chronicles. (fantasy)
    This epic fantasy of ancient magic, feudal intrigue, romance and bloodshed will rivet you from the first page.
  • Ness, Patrick. Chaos Walking. (science fiction)
    The series follows a boy and girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard— and the passage into manhood embodies a horrible secret.
  • Pfeffer, Susan Beth. The Last Survivors. (post-apocalyptic)
    When a meteor hits the moon, Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable. She struggles to hold on to the most important resource of all— hope— in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.
  • Philbin, Joanna. The Daughters. (realistic)
    As Lizzie and her two best friends (and fellow daughters-of-celebrities) juggle normal high school events with glamorous family functions, they discover the pitfalls of fame and the importance of friendship.
  • Roth, Veronica. Divergent. (dystopian)
    In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she does not fit into any one group.
  • Shan, Darren. Cirque du Freak. (horror)
    Darren Shan is just an ordinary boy until he stumbles across an invitation to visit a mysterious freak show called Cirque Du Freak. What follows is Darren's horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires.
  • Smith, Alexander Gordon. Escape from Furnace. (science fiction, horror)
    Furnace Penitentiary is the world's most secure prison for young offenders. Convicted of a murder he didn't commit, Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out or resign himself to a death behind bars.
  • Westerfeld, Scott. Leviathan. (steampunk)
    On the eve of World War I, the machine-loving Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their big steam-powered Clankers. Inspired by Darwin, the British have fabricated animals into warships.
  • Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies. (science fiction)
    In Tally's world, a 16th birthday brings an operation, transforming one from an Ugly to a Pretty. When her friend, who would rather risk life on the outside runs away, Tally must make a terrible choice.

revised May 2012