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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+

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.

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.

Our selection of books picked from the nationwide best-selling hardcover middle grade list on The New York Times, includes a great choice for National Poetry Month.

5 novel writing tips for making every place and scene unique from the co-author of Shadow Run, Michael Miller.

Ashley Poston is a part-time author and full-time fangirl. Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom

THE BEECHWOOD FLUTE is an intriguing, albeit sometimes heavy, novel that deals with life, death and liberty in a new and interesting way.

CAROL WESTON has been the “Dear Carol” advice columnist at Girls' Life since 1994. Speed of Life is her latest novel.

Whitney Taylor’s characters that makes Definitions of Indefinable Things so enjoyable to read – that, and the rich, complex, and intelligent dialogue.

Get to know Alice from Jennifer E. Smith's gorgeously written and moving novel Windfall.

Are you looking for the next best new young adult novels? We have 12 April releases to share with you.

Fans of Sarah J. Maas’ epic THRONE OF GLASS series will fall in love with this gripping adventure.

Claire LaZebnik, author of Things I Should Have Known, shares 5 things she should have known before becoming a writer.

Katie Bayerl, the author of A Psalm for Lost Girls, gives a behind the scenes look into creating a debut young adult novel.

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.