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Suggested Reading for Teens

Suggested Reading for Teens

Engaging books for teenagers! Looking for some good suggestions to encourage a teen to pick up a book and read? Well, keep reading, there a several great recommendations below. 

Jill, I, and our trainers frequently get asked about our recommendations for books for kids at various reading levels. One of the areas that is hardest to address is suggested books for teens. This can be difficult project because it depends on several factors like areas of interest and lexile ability also known as phonemic ability (my ability to easily decode words as I read).

We always try to come up with a good mix of books on our suggested reading list that addresses both interest and lexile ability. The list below was compiled with input from our friends at one of the local libraries. It is arranged by area of interest within each group and will have both easy reading and more difficult texts.


Dragon Hoops by Gene Yang

Golden Arm by Carl Deuker

Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez

Cracking the Bell by Geoff Herbach

This is How We Fly by Anna Meriano

Realistic Fiction:

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli

This Book Is Not Yet Rated by Peter Bognanni

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

Charming As a Verb by Ben Philippe

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

Non Fiction:

Poisoned Water by Candy Cooper

Apple by Eric Gansworth

Flowers in the Gutter by K.R. Gaddy

Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Games of Deception by Andrew Maraniss


Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Fable by Adrienne Young

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Finding a book that is interesting and engaging is important for any reader but especially for teens that you want to develop a passion for reading and continue with that love into adult hood.

If a teen continues to struggle with reading then it may indicate a deeper problem, like a weakness in auditory processing skills, memory, or executive processing. The good news is it’s never too late to address the problem. If you want answers then LearningRx can be a good place to start!