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Summer Reading List: Young Adult / Teens

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: July 13, 2010

To capture the interest of a teen/young adult while summer is in full swing, books need to have an engaging story line and strong characters. The following books represent just that, they are all very hard to put down!

The CardturnerThe Cardturner

by Louis Sachar

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2010)

Source: Publisher

What to expect: Summer, Family, Game of bridge, Self-discovery

Louis Sachar, a Newberry-winning (Holes, 1998) and bestselling author, sure knows how to take a subject that may be seen as boring—the game of bridge—and turn it into a riveting story of self-discovery, integrity and morals. The story moves around a teenage boy, Alton Richard, and his great-uncle Lester—a rich family member with a large inheritance that everyone is trying to get a piece of. When you combine a teenage boy and a cute girl, old men, greed, and the game of bridge, (you may not believe me but …) you get a real page-turner. Great book!

Add this book to your collection: The Cardturner


by Lauren Kate

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 464 pages

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition/First Printing edition (December 8, 2009)

Source: Publisher

What to expect: Angels, Boarding school, Love

Thrilling, exciting, and engaging is what this love story is. Too much vampire talk going on at your house? Lauren Kate has certainly launched us into a new phase: angels. Fallen angels, at that! The characters are captivating and have strong voices. This is a suspenseful book that is very hard to put down.

Add this book to your collection: Fallen

Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown FloodThree Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood

by Jame Richards

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 304 pages

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (April 13, 2010)

Source: Publisher

What to expect: Johnstown, Pennsylvania flood; Social classes; Summer

Providing a book of interest is key. This is a book for a true historical-fiction lover. It will also convert your regular-fiction reader into a historical-fiction lover before you know it. Jame Richards takes on social class, romance, and the Johnstown Flood of 1889, and truly touches the hearts of his readers with this novels believable characters and real backdrop.  Very satisfying.

Add this book to your collection: Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood

Summer Sleep-Away Summer Sleep-Away

by ofer aronskind

Reading level: Young Adult

Paperback: 174 pages

Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (January 13, 2006)

Source: Publicist

What to expect: Sleep-away summer camp, Self-discovery, Family, Friends

Mattie, a 12-year-old boy, goes to a sleep-away summer camp. Not knowing anyone at the camp and being away from his family forces him to take the path of self-discovery. For any child that is embarking on their first sleep-away camp, this is a reassuring story and an enjoyable read. The narration is smooth and allows readers to connect with Mattie easily.

Add this book to your collection: Summer Sleep-Away

You may also enjoy the following summer reading lists:

Kids’ Summer Reading Lists: Prereading / Ages 3-5

Kids’ Summer Reading Lists: Emerging Readers / Ages 4-8

Kids’ Summer Reading Lists: Early-Fluent to Fluent Readers / Ages 6-10

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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