There’s nothing like a good book. In a world where kids and young adults are consumed by social media and smartphones – it’s more important than ever to escape “reality” with a great story. Books also make a great gift for the kiddo who seems to already have everything. We’ve pulled together a young adult reading list – including a great mix of forever classics and new fiction. Check out some of our favorite can’t-put-it-down books for teens and young adults. No batteries or charger required.
1. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – Buy It Here For $13
Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door. Will she risk everything for love?
2. Divergent (Book 1 of the Divergent Series) by Veronica Roth – Buy It Here For $9
The first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy (also a movie!) is a series set in a futuristic Chicago.
3. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn: A Novel by Betty Smith – Buy It Here For $25
A classic – named as one of the books of the twentieth century by New York Public Library is the tale of the Nolans, a poor family living in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn.
4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – Buy It Here For $9
Hazel’s tumor has shrunk, buying her a few years more, and her life story – as she thought she knew it, has been rewritten when she meets Augustus Waters at a Cancer Kid Support Group.
5. The Hunger Games (Book 1 of the Hunger Games Series) by Suzanne Collins – Buy It Here For $9
In the ruins of North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV.
6. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Buy It Here For $8
The memorable classic about a crisis and repercussions that rocked a Southern town. To Kill A Mockingbird became an instant bestseller and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961.
7. The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley – Buy It Here For $6
This autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement.
8. Hatchet (Book 1 of 5) by Gary Paulsen – Buy It Here For $5
Thirteen year old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when his single-engine plane crashes. He’s alone in the wilderness with nothing but a Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present. It will take everything he has – especially courage, to survive.
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1) by J. K. Rowling – Buy It Here For $9
Sleeping under the stairs, Harry Potter is being raised by his awful Aunt and Uncle – Until Harry’s life changed forever when he realizes he is a wizard, summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards.
10. The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway – Buy It Here For $8
The story of the struggle against defeat, and the personal triumph, of an old Cuban fisherman – and his relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.
11. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan – Buy It Here For $8
Percy Jackson, a 12 year old with ADHD and dyslexia is about to be kicked out of his boarding school (again). According to his mother, his father passed away before Percy was born. On top of it all mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. Because of a pact made by the Big Three, his troubles are worse than he thought.
12. The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne – Buy It Here For $6
Taking place in 1942 Berlin, Bruno comes home from school one day, and everything he owns is being packed into crates. His family is moving far away, with no one to play with and nothing to do. Along the way, he meets a boy with a life very different from his, and their friendship has devastating consequences.
13. Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) by Leigh Bardugo – Preorder August 29th Here For $16
The coming-of-age story of the world’s greatest superhero – Wonder Woman.