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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+

Patricia O’Connell Pearson is a former history teacher with a B.A. in history and a master’s degree in education. Her nonfiction for ages ten and up—Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII—was released by Simon and Schuster in February, 2018.

Here you'll discover five books that we're highlighting from The New York Times' best selling hardcover young adult list. Including The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.

Ashley Woodfolk, author of The Beauty That Remains, selected these young adult books.

Gloria Chao is an MIT graduate turned dentist turned writer. Here she discusses her debut YA novel American Panda!

9 New Books for Teens: In this list, you will discover 9 of the best young adult novels that release during the month of February.

YA books are powerful tools for change because they create empathy – something our world desperately needs. Here are 5 contemporary YA books to open our hearts and minds.

Winifred Conkling is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for young readers, including Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot.

Here you'll discover five books that we're highlighting from The New York Times' best selling hardcover young adult list. Including The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas; and One of Us is Lying, by written by Karen M. McManus.

For the month of February, the boxed set of all five Percy Jackson and the Olympians books is at the top of our best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store.

See You In The Cosmos, by Jack Cheng, is definitely on my top five favorite book list, it is AMAZING!

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

The Book of Pearl, by Timothée de Fombelle, is an intricately woven tale translated from French to English. It gives the reader a new view of the fairytale world we have come to know and love.

Maureen Johnson is the bestselling author of several novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, the Truly Devious series, the Suite Scarlett series, and the Shades of London series.

If you don’t mind having your heart torn out, repeatedly, as long as it’s put back in one piece where it belongs, here are a few of my favorite reads.

Joe Beernink’s NOWHERE HOME follow-up to his debut, NOWHERE WILD is a tense, post-apocalyptic thriller that will keep you rushing through the pages until the twisty end.

4 New Books for Teens In this list, you will discover 4 of the best young adult novels that release during the month of January.

One of Us is Lying is highly recommending for anyone that loves plot twists, suspense, and thrilling mysteries.

Being Fishkill, which follows the life-changing journey of a 12-year-old girl born into unfortunate circumstances, will leave readers emotionally stunned.

Are you ready for it? Here is our list of young adult literature that we feel represents the best of the books  from 2017 for teens.

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