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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

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Books for Ages 12+

Author Emily Henry provides seven tricks for writing your follow-up novel.

Something for everyone: The Paranormal, Fortune Telling, Magical Realism, Reincarnation, a Budding Romance . . . and Murder!

Interview sponsored by Alyssa Devine The Children’s Book Review | May 22, 2017 Author Showcase The Hypnotist is a murder mystery/thriller. What draws you to the murder mystery genre? That’s a great question, Bianca. It would be easy to say I’m influenced, for the most part, by the large number of superb made-for-television series in this genre that populate the cultural landscape . . . shows like Fargo and True Detective. But the truth is, if you look closely at this novel, and in fact, at all of the novels I wrote under my real name—Theodore Jerome Cohen—they are basically police procedurals. It’s not so much the crime with which I’m concerned, though believe me, if you’re going to write a mystery-thriller, you might as well go all the way and have the antagonist commit a murder, or two, or more. No, what intrigues me as a physicist is how the crime is solved. That is, how does the detective, or in this case, how do two teenagers, catch the killer? What clues do they uncover? What investigative tools and techniques do they use? How do they connect the dots? Meanwhile, just to spice things up, let’s put their lives in jeopardy and see

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES, by Mindy McGinnis, is an incredible journey into darkness.

Our most popular kids series sold was the witty Mrs. Noodlekugel series for beginner readers, written by Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by Adam Stower.

Fairy tales have become one of the most popular tropes for the exploration of identity in popular culture. Here are 3 favorites.

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

Extremely high stakes make Nowhere Wild, by Joe Beernink, a gripping read. Highly recommended.

Author Joe Beernink talks to us about his young adult book 'Nowhere Wild' and novel writing.

The Crowns of Croswald is a young adult novel that takes the reader into the world of Ivy Lovely, a young girl whose hidden magical powers are revealed to her after her sixteenth birthday.

Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she dreams up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. The Black Witch is her debut novel

Sarah Jean Horwitz, author of Carmer and Grit: The Wingsnatchers, selected these '5 Middle Grade Books to Grow Up, Out, and Old With.'

Cindy Wang is the crochet ninja known as the Geeky Hooker. Discover Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books.

Author Lisa Freeman's Favorite YA Books That Have Been Made into Movies or TV Shows.

Are you looking for the next best new young adult novels? We have 13 May young adult book releases to share with you.

Which five words best describe The Scattering? Kimberly McCreight: Suspenseful, harrowing, timely, moving, surprising.

For readers who have been enthralled by what sci-fi has to offer, Phoenix, by S. F. Said, is a fantastic offering.

BRIGID KEMMERER, author Letters to the Lost, narrows her list of favorite YA novels down to five.

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the funny BALLET CAT series for beginner readers, by Bob Shea.

Written with a dark sense of humor and a flair for recapturing the mindset of adolescence, this memoir shows how non-conformity can become a recipe for survival.