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Book Reviews and Recommendations:

Teen and Young Adult, Ages 12+


Is it true that teens would read more if they knew where to discover good young adult books? Surveys say it is true. The Children’s Book Review is a solution. We cover books for teens and we have plenty of excellent young adult book recommendations.


Kids Books for teens and young adults

Many adults wonder if teens actually read for fun anymore, others say, thanks to smartphones, they are reading more than ever … just not books. Between homework and social lives, sports and activities, maybe even a job, time is certainly beginning to get stretched thinly for teens (or young adults, if you prefer). Here at The Children’s Book Review, even if, statistically speaking, it’s true, we are not giving in to the idea that teens don’t like to read for pleasure. So … calling all young adults! We’re ready to dazzle you with the young adult book picks that we carefully select to feature from the 4,800+ books published for teens each year. You’ll find books in the following subjects: Fantasy: Supernatural Fiction, and .

Here are a few young adult book reviews and lists to get you started:

A Thousand Nights, by E.K. Johnston | Book Review

Best Young Adult Books with Rachel Caine, Author of Midnight Bites

Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon | Book Review

If you’re an expert on young adult books and feel that we must know about one of your favorite books for teens, then you can send us suggestions on books for preteens and tweens through our Twitter handle or with #thechildrensbookreview.  And we certainly hope you’ll chat with us and share your faves on Instagram or Facebook with #teensread. We’re looking forward to connecting with you!

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Books for Ages 12+

Michelle Knudsen discusses how she finds the right balance between humor and horror in the EVIL LIBRARIAN series.

Karen Fortunati's The Weight of Zero is a story of loss and grief and hope, and how some of the many shapes of love—maternal, romantic, and platonic—affect a young woman’s struggle with mental illness and the stigma of treatment.

This month, the second book in the Six of Crows series, Crooked Kindom, heads up our hand-picked list from the Best Selling Young Adult HardCover books listed on The New York Times.

These five family favorites selected by Beth Vrabel, author of A Blind Guide to Normal, are books that helped her family enjoy and navigate various stages of their family life.

Recommended for teen readers that have an interest in history, A Buss From Lafayette, by Dorothea Jensen, is an enjoyable introduction to the post-Revolutionary War period in America.

Are you looking for the best new books for teens? Here are 4 excellent young adult books that release this month.

This month’s best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store is J.K. Rowling's famously famous Harry Potter series

Our top selling book for teens is the self-motivating journal Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration.

We didn’t want to add another YA story to the shelves in which the main characters easily overcame incredible obstacles in their way. We wanted our readers to to be unsure if our main characters would even make it through the next chapter.

We’ve picked 13 new books for teens that we feel highlight the best of the many young adult books that release this month. You'll find an intense memoir, breathtaking installments to some epic series, a poignant debut novel, a coming-of-age tale that includes salsa dancing, and a stunning story of friendship and first love.

The FIREBIRD series by Claudia Gray is a fantastic young adult book series with mystery, action and pitch-perfect romance.

This month’s best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store is Rick Riordan's PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS series, a fantastical and mythological middle grade series.

This month Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare, and the Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard, are in our hand-picked list from the Best Selling Young Adult HardCover books listed on The New York Times.

Colleen Houck, author of Recreated: The Reawakened Series, selected these young adult books.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal writes for both adults and children. Learn about TEXTBOOK ANY KROUSE ROSENTHAL and how writing for adults is different than writing for children.

Host, author, and youth advocate Jeffrey Marsh has more than a quarter BILLION views across social media. An interactive experience, How to Be You invites you to make the book your own.

Hot New Releases & Popular Kids Stories Oh, my! We have a truck load of amazing books to share with you during August.

E.K. Johnston discusses theories and inspirations for A Thousand Nights.

A Thousand Nights is the bold, feminist retelling of the classic Middle Eastern tale A Thousand and One Nights, this book is a lyrical, evocative masterpiece.

Which five words best describe Shiny Broken Pieces? Sona Charaipotra: Redemption, fulfillment, achievement, catharsis, closure. Dhonielle Clayton: Vengeance, Redemption, Second Chances, Dreams, Grit.