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Need suggestions for teen readers

Discussion in 'Bred Any Good Rooks Lately? (Suggested Reading)' started by Moderator, Feb 19, 2014.

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  1. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    I've been given the assignment to purchase 10 books (not written by Steve) for teenage readers but I'm out of the loop on that demographic. What/who are teens reading these days?
  2. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Do graphic novels count?
  3. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    I think so. They'll be donated to a library in the Philippines to help restock after their losses from the typhoon this past November.
  4. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

  5. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Lemony Snicket books are cool.

    Of course Harry Potters.

    Harriet the Spy.
  6. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Girls or boys? Either way, Michael Grant's GONE series is wonderful! Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series, Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant series, both of Suzanne Collins' series... So many good books! DO you have a genre in mind? Age--middle grade or YA?
  7. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    What a cool task! I liked Winter Girls (female protag) and Twisted (male protag) by Laura Halsie Anderson. And @Sigmund and @VampireLily have been talking about Looking for Alaska -which sounds fabulous - it's a young adult book, I should have picked that up at Costco today. Let us know your choices - I need to read some new stuff as well!
  8. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    And I'm not sure the age group, but I loved Goosebumps.

    Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book.

    All the kid classics, Treasure Island, Heidi, Black Beauty, White Fang

    Oooo, Nancy Drews!
  9. fljoe0

    fljoe0 Cantre Member

    I think the Dean Koontz "Odd Thomas" books are popular with the teens. At least I think I heard that somewhere. :biggrin2:
  10. cat in a bag

    cat in a bag Well-Known Member

    The Cirque du Freak series

    My tween loved the Skulduggery Pleasant books!

    I have heard good things about John Green as well.
  11. DiO'Bolic

    DiO'Bolic Not completely obtuse

    I can’t make any recommendations other than to first consider what their teens are most interested in. Do our western preferences have the same impact there as cultures are quite different? What I do know is their teen generation is hungry to learn with a thirst for technology, and absorbing important lessons on financial management, entrepreneurial spirit, Filipino values, and love for their country... with a great deal of support provided as their teens are looked upon as the best hope and inspiration of a nation striving to become a First World country.
  12. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Personally, I think of these (also The Body, The Eyes of the Dragon, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, of course)...

    C.S. Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew, The Last Battle); The Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength); The Great Divorce

    George MacDonald - Phantastes, Lilith
    J.R.R. Tolkien - The Hobbit; The Lord of the Rings trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King)

    J.D. Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye
  13. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I definitely agree with Blunt on "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" - that is one of my favourites!
  14. Winter

    Winter Well-Known Member

    My Miss 12 (12 in a month anyway) loves The Hunger Games books.
  15. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Paul Zindel. The Pigman books are excellent.
  16. jacobtlong

    jacobtlong The Nerdiest Member

    I liked them a lot. I think they'd fit the demographic well.
  17. Autumnlyn

    Autumnlyn BOOYA!

    I have twin 14 year olds, here are some of their suggestions (which I have read too...always looking for a good book) Not always MY favs, but some of theirs

    Daniel X by James Patterson
    Hunger Games series
    Everyday by David Levithan. (I loved this one)

    they said they would think on it, and I'll post more if they come up with any :)
  18. Garriga

    Garriga Well-Known Member

    Watership Down by Richard Adams

    I don't know about teenagers today. I hope kids are still reading Watership Down. If not, the world is dead to me......Okay maybe I'm being dramatic. I was nine when I was introduced El ahrairah Keehar, and Blackberry. I read the story every few years. Keehar is the my favorite character of all time.
  19. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    They are good (I loved them, anyway), but don't fly so well with today's kids. Mine are readers, and they found them to be 'dated'.

    That did make me think of a few others, though: LeGuin, Lois Lowrey, and Lois Duncan. Even though those are older books, too, they've aged well. Brandon Sanderson is pretty popular right now, too.
  20. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    I completely forgot all about Zindel. I loved his books when I was in high school. My Darling My Hamburger was one of my favourites....though I don't remember what it's about.
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