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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+

HOW TO BREAK A BOY, by Laurie Devore, is a study in grief, self-destruction and forgiveness.

Not only is The Winged Girl of Knossos a riveting adventure story and a moving tale of love and friendship; it is also filled with fascinating historical detail about this lost period of Greek history.

Landscape with Invisible Hand, by M. T. Anderson, is insightful and chilling; a wonderful recommendation for any true science fiction enthusiast.

An Evening in Guanima is an engrossing collection of fascinating Bahamian folk tales is full of magic and whimsy, giving readers a peek into this unique island’s culture.

Erin Bowman, author of Retribution Rails, used to tell stories visually as a web designer. Now a full-time writer, she relies solely on words.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore. Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the the Nuggies illustrated children’s book series.

Popular Books for Teens Here you'll discover five books that we're highlighting from The New York Times' best selling hardcover young adult list.

12 New Books for Teens: In this list, you will discover 12 of the best young adult novels that released during the month of October.

Getting Published at Age 17: Will Kostakis, author of The Sidekicks, discusses how, what went wrong, and what he learned.

WINDFALL, by Jennifer E. Smith, perfectly illustrates how sometimes getting everything you want can be a bit of a curse.

Kiersten White’s And I Darken, first book in her new trilogy, is rich with historical detail and brutally believable characters. And I Darken represents the best of both the historical young adult fiction genre.

These fantastically narrated audiobooks bring stories to life, and have the ability to educate in a way that just feels like fun.

Get to know Aissa from Wendy Orr's Dragonfly Song, an intriguing mythological portrayal of the Bronze Age Minoan civilization.

Enter this giveaway in Celebration of Children's Musical Theater with MM Allen and Deborah Wynne. Giveaway begins October 23, 2016, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends November 23, 2016, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found is dark, gritty, and fresh. It brings the horror/fantasy genre back to life.

Told in alternating scenes of reality and dream-like flashbacks led by ghost-hosts, A Million Junes, by Emily Henry, grips you from the first chapter.

Nnedi Okorafor's books are inspired by her Nigerian heritage and her many trips to Africa. She is the author of Akata Warrior.

Monsterland, by Michael Okon, is a fast-paced story will delight fans of dystopian fiction and horror stories.

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the new science series from Nate Ball, Let's Investigate with Nate.

Here you'll discover five books that we're highlighting from The New York Times' best selling hardcover young adult list.