Amazing teen fiction suggestions

(58 Posts)
Engelsmeisje Sun 15-Apr-12 18:47:46

I am an avid teen fiction reader (English teacher, so can always pretend I’m buying books for professional purposes when DH complains grin ). However, am in mainland Europe and don’t often get the chance to browse in an English language bookshop. Amazon is fine for buying what you want, but no good for browsing. Used to rely on an amazing librarian when I was teaching in the UK for recommendations.

So am feeling out of touch and would like some suggestions for some great teen fiction. I love Meg Roscoff, Marcus Sedgewick, Patrick Ness…and have read things like Alex Rider, Twilight, Hunger Games.

Any suggestions gratefully received…

Leeds2 Sun 15-Apr-12 18:54:23

My Sister Lives On The Mantlepiece. Sorry, can't remember the author.

Fat Boy Swim.

The Bindi Babes series (Narinder Dhami?)

TunipTheVegemal Sun 15-Apr-12 18:57:31

Tim Bowler is very good.

I recently read one called Tyme's End by B.R.Collins which I thought was going to be a trashy ghost story but it turned out much more interesting than that.

My biggest hero is Mal Peet. He cunningly disguises them (except for his latest which is also vg) as football stories so teen boys will want to read them but they're about ghosts and history and death and magic and stuff.

Engelsmeisje Sun 15-Apr-12 19:00:25

Thanks for the suggestions.

Have just started reading Mal Peet's latest tunip but haven't read all of his stuff so will have a look.

Just downloading My sister lives on the mantlepiece leeds.
Thank you!

spendthrift Sun 15-Apr-12 19:05:45

Siobhan dowd. All of them though the London eye mystery is a bit young, not much. Bog child is brilliant.

Engelsmeisje Sun 15-Apr-12 19:08:44

Loved Bog Child spendthrift. Haven't read any of her other books though. Lots to look for!

TunipTheVegemal Sun 15-Apr-12 19:27:30

Meg Rosoff's blog is very good for recommendations. She has good taste.

Lian Hearne (sp?) Across The Nightingale Floor and its follow-ups. They are magnificent.

The Windsinger trilogy.

Assume you've read most of Melvin Burgess? He's v hit and miss imho but Bloodtide (iirc) is pretty decent.

Not necessarily teen but Skellig, Heaven Eyes and The Fire Eaters by David Almond are superb (his others, less so).

Kevin Brooks worth a look - and Tim Bowler.

Engelsmeisje Sun 15-Apr-12 19:34:39

Thanks tunip - great tip!

bigTillyMint Sun 15-Apr-12 19:37:31

Engelsmeisje I wish you were DD's English teacher - she had a fab one last year, but this year... hmm... couldn't give DH any suggestions for reading for DD other than the old classics sad

I will be getting DD to try some of these!

Oh and one called 'Gone' by (I think) Michael Grant - the only book my 14 year old has claimed to enjoy in the last 2 years! It's the first of a series but I haven't read the others yet.

madamehooch Sun 15-Apr-12 20:46:52

The 'Stonewylde' series by Kit Berry. Addictive.

bruffin Sun 15-Apr-12 20:55:49

Starchild by Jerry Spinelli

John Christopher science fantasy books like The Tripods but not sure if they are still in print.

Engelsmeisje Sun 15-Apr-12 21:21:21

Great suggestions remus, I love David Almond. Don't think I've ever read anything by Melvin Burgess <hangs head in shame>. I remember hearing about "Junk" but not getting around to it. Will have a look at the rest of your suggestions too.

Stonewylde looks interesting madame.

Can't remember if I've read "Starchild". It rings a bell but for the life of me I can't remember what it's about - I hate it when that happens!

'Junk' is pretty crap tbh and has dated v badly.

'Starchild' is lovely. Also, 'the Silver Child' series by (I think) Cliff McNeish - chidren's rather than teen but really interesting and sensitively written.

TunipTheVegemal Sun 15-Apr-12 21:34:55

I like 'Junk'.
I seem to be the only person in the world who doesn't like David Almond.

bruffin Sun 15-Apr-12 21:50:03

Sorry its called Stargirl not Starchild

'Starchild' - that's it!

I think David Almond get a bit worthy and samey but at his best, he's amazing. I recently read the 'prequel' to 'Skellig' and was seriously underwhelmed by it, but 'Skellig' is just beautiful.

TunipTheVegemal Sun 15-Apr-12 22:02:06

I've tried hard with Skellig and I just don't get it!

Stargirl even - doh!

jongleuse Mon 16-Apr-12 10:54:13

Have just had a YA splurge. Spooky stuff- Anne Fine, The Devil Walks and Lindsay Barraclough Long Lankin. Tim Bowler, agree he's fab. Joanne Horniman is a fabulous Australian YA writer-sort of literary realism.
Do read A Swift Pure Cry if you like Bog Child-it is wonderful and astonishing (sad though). Anne Cassidy good thriller-type teen books, (Looking for JJ). Sherman Alexie's autobiographical YA novel is one of my top YA reads ever. Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books are fab (and funny) if you like fantasy Kevin Brooks, Naked and others all good. Celia Rees's new one is very powerful, This is not Forgiveness. If you like historical Celia Rees and Jennifer Donnelly excellent. Franny Billingsley, Chime also wonderful-beautiful writing. Liked Blood Red Road and Julie Bertagna Exodus trilogy much more than The Hunger Games. I do try and post YA reviews on my blog sometimes-it is hard to keep up, there are just so many good books out there!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 16-Apr-12 10:59:06

Tomorrow When The War Began is fantastic - there's about 5 books in the series.

About some Aussie teens in modern day Oz who go bush for a weeken's camping. While they're in the bush Australia gets invaded and taken over by a foreign country. So they go back and hide in the bush and then start up a resistance.

Ooh yes to the Exodus series. Not overfond of Celia Rees and though I like some of Terry Pratchet's I don't really like the Tiffany ones - prefer the Carpet People series.

Engelsmeisje Mon 16-Apr-12 19:01:40

Thanks for the suggestions. I remember Melvin Burgess stirring up lots of controversry when I was doing my PGCE, something about a girl who turned into a dog ( My life as Lady the Bitch or something). I didn't like the sound of it and it put me off...but I should give him a try!

Loads of great ideas for me to check out, thanks jongleuse

I find Celia Rees a bit hit and miss. I loved Witch Child, but one of her books (I can't remember the name...some kind of Aztec prophecy thing) was one of the worst teen fiction books I've ever read.

Tomorrow sounds great viva - I thinks omeone recommended it on another thread as well, so guess I should put it on my list. Will have a look at Exodus as well.

I find that the more I read Skellig the more I enjoy it tunip. The first time I read it I really didn't rate it.

TunipTheVegemal Mon 16-Apr-12 19:42:21

agree re Celia Rees. I want her to be better than she is.

Lady: My Life As A Bitch - it's horrible. Writing for shock tactics and little merit at all. His 'Sara's Face' is creepy and horrible but at least it's interesting, whereas 'Lady' is just being 'out there' to prove that he's 'out there' as it were.

Kayano Mon 16-Apr-12 22:42:17

PHILIP REEVE - mortal engines

DeWe Tue 17-Apr-12 09:48:53

Has anyone suggested the Cherub and Henderson boys series, by Robert Muchamore? Dd1 (year 6)moved from Alex Rider to them. They're another school for spy type story.

She was a bit shock when a lad in her form told her she shouldn't be reading them as there's swearing in them. Haven't worked out (as he's an avid fan too) whether he's being chivalrous, jealous or something else. grin

Engelsmeisje Tue 17-Apr-12 18:44:31

I've read some of the Cherub ones DeWe. Quite liked them.

Haven't read Mortal Engines Kayano, but liked "Here lies Arthur".

So much reading to do!

Yes to the Mortal Engines series - it's fab.

SnowWoman Tue 17-Apr-12 21:58:52

how about Dead Boy Talking by Linda Strachan
or dd2 has read a lot of Cathy MacPhail recently and liked it
Nothing by Janne Teller (original is in Danish I think)
Divergent - can't remember who the author is
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr if you would like some non-vampire supernatural romance
Far Rockaway by Charlie Fletcher was an interesting read, not sure how many teens would read it though

Engelsmeisje Fri 20-Apr-12 08:58:47

Thanks SnowWoman...I haven't heard of any of those so will check them out!

timetosmile Fri 20-Apr-12 09:04:19

The Joshua Files series by MG Harris...don't think they're to 'young' for you as stayed up til 1am to get to the end of one of them then had to pretend to DS that each new twist and turn was new to me!

CS Lewis' Sci-fi trilogy...can't remember name but I read them as a teen and they were bewitching.

bruffin Fri 20-Apr-12 10:27:41

There are also the HIVE books and Mark Walden and the Maximum Ride books by James Patterson.

alice1111 Mon 23-Apr-12 21:41:59

Some great suggestions here already!
Eva Ibbotson- not the kids stuff but A Secret Countess etc.
Celia Rees- try Pirates and Sovay
Hilary McKay- the Casson Family series. This is more kids fiction but i'm 17 and they're some of the best books i've ever read
Girl, Missing- Sophie McKenzie
The Book Thief- Markus Zusak- honestly one of the best books ever!
Shiver [series]- Maggie Stiefvater
James Patterson- the Maximum Ride series (i loved the Michael Bennett ones too)
I'd assume you've read The Help (not so much teen i guess) but i loved that.

if i were closer to my bookshelf i'd have more suggestions!

Leeds2 Tue 24-Apr-12 08:54:46

DD, aged 14, has just bought Numbers 2 after having devoured Numbers in a matter of hours! Sorry, I don't know the author but the story is about a girl who can see the date that you are going to die when she looks at your face. Sounds corny, but I enjoyed the first book at least.

DD has also read the Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater, as mentioned above by Alice, and thoroughly enjoyed that too.

cilldara Wed 25-Apr-12 21:03:46

The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness.
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman.

irememberthesilverjubilee Sat 28-Apr-12 11:05:58

Numbers written by Rachel ward

Life on a refrigerator door

Candor pam banchor

Charlie higson's the fear and the dead

These are all popular in my school library

Engelsmeisje Sat 28-Apr-12 11:14:34

Lots of wonderful suggestions. So many I haven't heard of.

I've read those cilldara and I agree they're great.

jubilee I started reading the Chartlie Higson zombie books while I was doing nightfeeds with DS and was so petrified I had to stop and find something less scary for the dead of the night (felt like Joey from Friends putting The Shining in the freezer...The fear and the Dead were not allowed upstairs AT ALL!).

Thank you all and keep them coming... grin

irememberthesilverjubilee Sat 28-Apr-12 13:26:39

Yes there certainly is a new genre of YA GORE !!!! I can't remember which book but one upset me ; adults disappear kids left and all the babies in the nursery left to their own devices!

Cherubs is a fab series great for reluctant readers who are looking to read a 'proper' novel. Muchamore knows what children want!

Do read candor it is an original!

Also have just started itch by radio 1 &2 DJ Simon mayo seems good so far.

The yr 7 & 8 girls are into the Gallagher girls series meg cabot- cherubs for girls?!

Engelsmeisje Sat 28-Apr-12 14:25:53

I saw Itch on amazon, but was waiting til it came down in price a bit. It it really THE Simon Mayo?! When I saw it I just presumed it was someone with the same name. Got me hearing the Confessions music now...

irememberthesilverjubilee Sat 28-Apr-12 19:19:54

Yes Simon mayo's first book now radio 2 but was radio 1 back in the day (old gimmer emocion)
am hopefully getting him into my school in Sep
P/b comes out in November!!

pointythings Sun 29-Apr-12 20:14:43

Susan Price - The Sterkarm Handshake and The Sterkarm Kiss. Both excellent YA fiction, though quite dark.

Also Charlie Fletcher's Stoneheart Trilogy.

themaltbycrew Fri 22-Jun-12 12:59:38

I love the Vampire Accadamy books by Richelle Mead... About a school of Vampires, 3 differnt types and the dramas they get into. Really really good x

bluecat237 Thu 31-Jan-13 03:54:40

I liked "schizophrenic rainbows" by addison maitland ( Interesting way of writing- and quite a quick read -

Stonefield Thu 31-Jan-13 05:06:36

Elsewhere, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, both by Gabrielle Zevin

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Boy meets Boy by David Levithan

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Any book by John Green

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

booksteensandmagazines Thu 31-Jan-13 09:50:52

I've just launched a website which reviews books and magazines for teenagers and I am marketing it to secondary schools in the Uk and abroad (slowly - as its a mammoth task). You might find it useful:

MercedesKing Thu 31-Jan-13 09:54:36

How about The Catcher in the Rye wrote by Jerome David Salinger? I love the book, thought it is perfect! smile

Shanghaidiva Mon 04-Feb-13 13:03:44

I've read all this year's costa nominations (children's section) and recommend Maggot Moon - Sally Gardner and The Seeing by Diana Hendry.
15 days without a head - Dave Cousins
Lauren Child - Ruby Redfort - not really a teen read, but I enjoyed it and so did ds (12)

Wordebitemaria Mon 04-Feb-13 13:15:58

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Third the Exodus books.

What about:

- Phoenix Files by Chris Morphew (although wait until the last one is out in July)

- The Superhumans by Andrew Tayler

- Angel Trilogy by L A Weatherly (although still waiting on the final one of these as well sad )

And of course anything by Malcolm Rose. grin

Esker Tue 19-Feb-13 23:53:12

Have you read Unwind by Neil Shusterman? Dystopic future in which certain teens are selected to be 'unwound' and used as organ donors.

Also just read The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna. A future in which people can basically have clones of themselves to be their understudies in case they die.

Both good, although I haven't come across anything lately that had me as gripped as The Hunger Games hmm

madamehooch Wed 20-Feb-13 08:53:00

Have just discovered John Greensmile

VivaLeBeaver Wed 20-Feb-13 09:01:23

Someone's beaten me to suggesting the Tomorrow When The War Began series. Fab, fab books. I read them last year and was totally hooked.

schmalex Fri 22-Feb-13 05:56:27

Yy to John Green. Looking for Alaska made me weep!

Littleturkish Fri 22-Feb-13 06:08:22

Wonder by R J Palacio is a new one the I HIGHLY rate. I like all of the authors on your OP.

Keith Grey is another favourite of mine.

Iaintdunnuffink Wed 06-Mar-13 14:28:54

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness,

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