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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+

Whitney Gardner is the author of YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE (March 7, 2017; Knopf), an illustrated YA novel about a Deaf teen artist who must decide between being painted into obscurity or risking getting caught after she finds herself locked in a graffiti war with an opponent who takes it a step too far.

Our list of hand-selected series from the nationwide best selling Children's Series list, as noted by The New York Times, features Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series and Rachel Renée Russell's Dork Diaries.

This month, you'll discover five books that we're highlighting from The New York Times' best selling hardcover young adult titles; including The Sun is Also a Star, by the talented Nicola Yoon.

Which five words best describe You’re Welcome Universe? Whitney Gardner: Graffiti, Fury, Friendship, Fingerspelling, and Fire.

Combining a modern-day love triangle with science fiction concepts such as time travel, parallel universes and alternate realities, Protogenesis is sure to be a young adult best seller.

Protogenesis is a thrilling story full of plot twists and turns sure to enthrall young adults who are interested in Greek mythology, science fiction and romance.

Get to know Addie Bell, the main character in Jessica Brody’s Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up.

18 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 7-14 (and Beyond) Talk about March Madness! There are so many amazing books releasing this month.

Are you looking for the next best new young adult novels? We have 11 March releases to share with you.

Stepping into long-lost worlds with Liza Ketchum, author of The Life Fantastic (Merit Press).

Renée Watson’s new novel, Piecing me Together, is both challenging and accessible.

Two human body books for two age groups: Introducing the immense topic of human anatomy to children with ease, style, and fun.

We just love Salina Yoon's A DUCK, DUCK, PORCUPINE BOOK series, and this month it is the best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store.

Chris Miles has written several books for young readers in Australia. He works as a website designer and developer, and in his spare time he indulges his love of Doctor Who, LEGO®, Dungeons & Dragons, and anchovies.

Bone Jack by Sara Crowe is not only a wonderful ghost story, but also an insightful portrayal of how folklore and superstition can lay bare the troubled human soul.

Nowhere Near You is not only a gripping and action-filled adventure, it is also a rich and multi-textured language experience.

From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse.

This month, To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party is the best selling YA book from our affiliate bookstore.

Our selection of books picked from the nationwide best-selling hardcover middle grade list on The New York Times, includes Rick Riordan's The Trials of Apollo: Book One: The Hidden Oracle.

11 New Books for Teens Are you looking for the next best new young adult novels? We have 11 February releases to share with you.