Top 10 Teen Novels

By Ashley Houk,

Summer briefly turned to fall, and now we have Old Man winter knocking at our doors. So, as the weather gets colder and in honor of National Young Reader's Day, here are a few unforgettable books to curl up with and get cozy--even if you're not a teen anymore.

10. A Wrinkle in Time
This is only the first book in Maeleine L'Engle's series that chronicles the Murry and O'Keffe families. Meg and Charles Wallace, along with their friend Calvin, go searching for their missing father. The mystery only thickens as they're accompanied by three angelic beings as they travel through the universe, finally reaching the planet where their father has been trapped.

9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Rigg's weaves a dark narrative through Wales as sixteen year old Jacob tries to piece together clues to uncover the truth behind his grandfather's murder. Jacob, along with friends, travel through time loops and encounter monsters they believed could only exist in dreams.

8. Fahrenheit 451
For any established book lover, Ray Bradbury's vision of the future, without books, is horrifying! Filled with fires, fueled by the pages of all our favorites, Bradbury reminds us of the magic that books hold. Ignite a spark of curiosity!

7. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee's classic novel is filled with warmth, while still addressing serious social injustices of it's time. During a time of reflection and rest, this winter, Lee will arouse thoughts of home, family, and the comforts they provide. For that we should be ever thankful.

6.His Dark Materials
Philip Pullman's fantasy world of alternate universes and armoured bears has enough thrill, action, and potential deceit to get your blood boiling. One trip to the land of Svalbard should help to remember the enchantment the winter months can possess.

5. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Rekindle the warmth and magic of youth and childhood friendships with these four novels from Ann Brashares. Following the four girls through the trials and adventures of four summers should keep wintery thoughts at bay for awhile!

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A personal favorite of mine, always reminds me that I will probably never be nearly as cold as Charlie feels after a Christmas party gone awry. Stephen Chbosky will remind you what it was like to be a freshman again, complete with learning to be comfortable in your own skin--even when it's numb and covered in goosebumps.

3. The Giver
Lois Lowry creates a dystopian world without emotion, pain, or suffering until young Jonas inherits the position of "Receiver of Memories" during his twelfth year. Once filled with all of the communities' past memories he must decide whether to say or run away in order to live a full. While we may not always enjoy winter, but as Jonas learns, the magic of winter and snow can be a powerful memory.

2. The Hunger Games Triology
If there's anything that can make you sweat, it's a dose of anticipation and stress from the annual Hunger Games in these three novels by Suzanne Collins. Danger could lurk around every corner, be it the tension between Districts and the Capitol or between the competitors themselves.

1. Harry Potter Series
Sure we've all probably seen the movies, but movies are never an exact match. Jump into J.K. Rowling's world of witches, wizards, and magical creatures to keep your youth and imagination burning.

If nothing else, these books will take you and your children on enough adventures to last until spring...then you can start making your own!



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