Focus on Five Wonderful Young Adult Books to Read

Looking for books for your tween or teen? Time shared the 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time. There are many great young adult books to read. We chose some that we like that your child may not have read – you may enjoy them too. Here are our five picks:

Young Adult Books to Read1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

By Sherman Alexie

It’s a funny and heartbreaking story of Junior, a high school student and cartoonist, growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Based on the author’s own experiences, the novel along with the drawing by Ellen Forney shares an adolescence that most of us can relate to on some level. Since this book covers mature topics, it is more appropriate for older teenagers.


Young Adult Books to Read2. Matilda

By Roald Dahl

If your child enjoys the wonderful sense of humor of Roald Dahl, check out Matilda. It’s the story of a bright girl who is eager to learn. Unfortunately, she is unappreciated – certainly by her parents but most especially by Miss Trunchbull, the terrible headmistress at her school. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she discovers she has the power to fight back. Matilda is determined to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves.


Young Adult Books to Read3. The Phantom Tollbooth

By Norton Juster, illustrations by Jules Feiffer

A quirky story about a boy named Milo who thinks life is boring. When a tollbooth appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even goes on a quest to rescue the princesses’ Rhyme and Reason! Along the way, Milo realizes that life is far from dull. This clever book will especially grab the attention of any child who gets a kick out of grammar and idioms.


the giver4. The Giver

By Lois Lowry

If you’re child likes the Hunger Games and Divergent series, they may enjoy this 1994 Newbery Medal winner. This social science fiction tells the story of twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.


Young Adult Books to Read5. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

By Mildred D. Taylor

Set in Mississippi during the Depression, the story is about one family’s struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. It is told by Cassie, an independent girl with three brothers, who discovers why having land of their own is so crucial to her family and learns to find her own way. This book is appropriate for teenagers. Although the treatment of the Logan family is extremely unfair and hard understand, their strength is very admirable and real.

Finding young adult books to read over the summer is easy with this list. Let us know which books your children enjoys reading.

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