Recommended Summer Reading for Teens

A Step Toward Falling 

by Mcgovern, Cammie

Cammie McGovern follows up her breakout young adult debut, Say What You Will, with this powerful and unforgettable novel about learning from your mistakes, and learning to forgive.

Copyright: 2015

Being Sloane Jacobs 

by Morrill, Lauren

Sloane Emily Jacobs and Sloane Devon Jacobs, from very different worlds but both with problem families, meet in Montreal where they will stay in the same hotel while attending camp, one for figure skating, the other for ice hockey.

Copyright: 2014

Challenger Deep 

by Shusterman, NealShusterman, Brendan

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

Copyright: 2015

Code Name Verity 

by Wein, Elizabeth E.

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

Copyright: 2012

Code of Honor 

by Gratz, Alan

Kamran Smith has it all. He's the star of the football team, dates the most popular girl in school, and can't wait to enlist in the Army like his big brother, Darius. Although Kamran's family hails from Iran, Kamran has always felt 100% American. Accepted. And then everything implodes...

Copyright: 2015

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings (A Memoir) 

by Engle, MargaritaRodriguez, Edel

In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.

Copyright: 2015

Famous Last Words 

by Alender, Katie

High-schooler Willa has just moved to California with her mother and film director stepfather, and she will be attending a private school--but her real problem is that she keeps seeing things that are not really there, like a dead body in the swimming pool.

Copyright: 2014


by Rowell, Rainbow

Being consummate fans of the Simon Snow series helped Cath and her twin sister, Wren, cope as little girls whose mother left them, but now, as they start college but not as roommates, Cath fears she is unready to live without Wren holding her hand--and without her passion for Snow.

Copyright: 2013

Game Seven 

by Volponi, Paul

A sixteen-year-old shortstop in Cuba who dreams of playing with the pros must choose between his country and his father who defected to the U.S.

Copyright: 2015

Gracefully Grayson 

by Polonsky, Ami

What if who you are on the outside doesn't match who you are on the inside?

Copyright: 2014

I Hunt Killers 

by Lyga, Barry

What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Copyright: 2012

I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister 

by Maudet, Y.Sarn, Amelie

Portrait of two Muslim sisters, once closely bonded, but now on divergent paths as one embraces her religion and the other remains secular.

Copyright: 2014

If I Ever Get Out of Here 

by Gansworth, Eric

Seventh-grader Lewis "Shoe" Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites--and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.

Copyright: 2013

Infinite in Between 

by Mackler, Carolyn

Printz Honor author Carolyn Mackler returns with this striking new novel that chronicles the lives of five teenagers through the thrills, heartbreaks, and joys of their four years in high school.

Copyright: 2015

Into the Dim 

by Taylor, Janet B.

Sixteen-year-old Hope Walton travels back in time to help rescue her mother, a member of the secret society of time travelers, who is trapped in twelfth-century England in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Copyright: 2016


by Ritter, William

Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.

Copyright: 2014

Kissing in America 

by Rabb, Margo

In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels--118 of them, to be exact--to dull the pain of her loss that's still so present.

Copyright: 2015


by Myers, Walter Dean

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Copyright: 1999

Not If I See You First 

by Lindstrom, Eric

Blind sixteen-year-old Parker Grant navigates friendships and romantic relationships, including a run-in with a boy who previously broke her heart, while coping with her father's recent death.

Copyright: 2015

Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference 

by John, Warren St.

This young people's version of the adult bestseller is a complex and inspirational story about the the Fugees, a youth soccer team made up of refugees from around the world, and their formidable female coach.

Copyright: 2012


by Colbert, Brandy

Four years after Theo's best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

Copyright: 2014

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek 

by Wagenen, Maya Van

A breakout teen author explores the true meaning of popularity and how to survive middle school in this hysterically funny, touchingly honest contemporary memoir.

Copyright: 2014


by Helms, Rhonda

Prom should be one of the most memorable nights of your life. But for Camilla and Joshua, some elaborate promposals are getting in the way. Will they be able to land their dream dates in time for the dance?

Copyright: 2015

Red Queen 

by Aveyard, Victoria

Sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace.

Copyright: 2015

Salt to the Sea 

by Sepetys, Ruta

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets. Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies... and war. As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. Yet not all promises can be kept

Copyright: 2016


by Older, Daniel José

Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world. Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season.

Copyright: 2015

Thanks for the Trouble 

by Wallach, Tommy

Parker hasn't spoken since he watched his father die five years ago. He communicates through writing on slips of paper and keeps track of his thoughts by journaling. A loner, Parker has little interest in school, his classmates, or his future. But everything changes when he meets Zelda, a mysterious young woman with an unusual request: 'treat me like a teenager'

Copyright: 2016

The Book of a Thousand Days 

by Hale, ShannonSmith, James Noel

When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years for Saren's refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.

Copyright: 2007

The Boy in the Black Suit 

by Reynolds, Jason

Soon after his mother's death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.

Copyright: 2015

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Geek Girls 

by Maggs, Sam

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more--it's never been a better time to be a girl geek.

Copyright: 2015

The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) 

by Black, HollyClare, Cassandra

Warned away from magic all of his life, Callum endeavors to fail the trials that would admit him to the Magisterium only to be drawn into its ranks against his will and forced to confront dark elements from his past. Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt.

Copyright: 2014

The Legend Trilogy Collection 

by Lu, Marie

The complete collection of Marie Lu's bestselling Legend trilogy: Legend, Prodigy, and Champion.

Copyright: 2013

The Monstrumologist (Monstrumologist #1) 

by Yancey, Rick

A monster-hunting doctor and his apprentice face off against a plague of monsters in the first book of a terrifying series.

Copyright: 2009

The Porcupine of Truth 

by Konigsberg, Bill

Seventeen-year-old Carson Speier is bored of Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his father, a dying alcoholic whom he has not seen in fourteen years--but then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who has run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives.

Copyright: 2015

The Rest of Us Just Live Here 

by Ness, Patrick

What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you're like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Copyright: 2015

The Rithmatist (Rithmatist #1) 

by Sanderson, Brandon

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity's only defense against the Wild Chalklings.

Copyright: 2013

The Running Dream 

by Draanen, Wendelin Van

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?

Copyright: 2011

The Scorpio Races 

by Stiefvater, Maggie

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Copyright: 2011

The Sleeper and the Spindle 

by Gaiman, NeilRiddell, Chris

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword, and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future -- and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems.

Copyright: 2014

The Wrath and the Dawn 

by Ahdieh, Renée

In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.

Copyright: 2015

To All the Boys I've Loved Before 

by Han, Jenny

Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them...all at once?

Copyright: 2014


by Howard, J. J.

In the vein of great box-office blockbusters, the high-stakes romance here sizzles within this page-turning thriller that will leave readers feeling like they are flying through the streets of New York.

Copyright: 2015

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass 

by Medina, Meg

Piddy Sanchez, a Latina teen, is in a new school and almost immediately becomes the target of a bully, Yaqui. Now Piddy must discover resources she never knew she had to get through this constant terror.

Copyright: 2013