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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…

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)

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