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The Top 10 Books for Teens

From Philip Pullman's latest to a YA novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement, these young adult releases are perfect, lo-fi stocking fillers.

Top Ten teen reads compiled by two indie bookshops, Warwick Books and Thame Book House.


Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls 

Set in 1914, this is a compelling novel about the suffragette movement, and three girls from very different backgrounds who come together to fight for Women’s Rights under the shadow of approaching War.

Charlotte Says by Alex Bell 

Teen horror for older readers, a historical tale involving creepy dolls and ghost children, and a prequel to the popular Frozen Charlotte. (Scary)

Le Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman (The Book of Dust #1)

Malcolm Polstead and his daemon Asta live by the river in Oxford. Across the water, in Godstowe Priory the Nuns are sheltering a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua. This is the stunning and long awaited “equel” to the story of Lyra told in “His Dark Materials”, and a must read for fans of that trilogy, and those who love Oxford.

Ink by Alice Broadway

One of the teen hits of the year, Ink is a dystopian fable set in a world where your life’s achievements are tattooed onto your skin, to be made into a book at your death. When Leora’s father dies she discovers his ink has been edited. Gritty, dark, and mysterious.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green 13+

The wait is over! John Green, the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, is back, with a book hailed by the Guardian as ‘a new modern classic’. This is the story of Aza, a 16-year-old with mental health issues, and her pursuit of fugitive billionaire Russell Picket. Fantastic insight into teenage issues, and excellent characterisation. First edition includes an exclusive jacket poster featuring some of John’s most brilliant and memorable quotes.

147 Things by Jim Chapman 

The You-Tube sensation shares his view on life, the universe and everything. Filled with weird and wonderful facts, ideal for dipping into. Non-fiction.

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

The astonishing new novel from Carnegie Medal, CliPPA Poetry Award, YA Book Prize and CBI Book of the Year Award winning author Sarah Crossan centres around the questions like what value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. 16-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her private high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. The Movie rights were snatched up pre-publication and the film is already in post-production. I loved this book and have been recommending it to everyone.

Snow Angel by Lauren St John

Lauren St John’s stunning Christmas classic is about forgotten children, the power of nature to heal us and a girl who will climb mountains in search for a place to call home. Growing up in vibrant, crowded Nairobi, Makena has only one dream: to climb Mount Kenya like her hero, her mountain guide father. But when her beautiful world is shattered, she finds that in the city’s dark places there are a thousand ways to fall, each more deadly than any crevasse.

Warwick Book, 24 Market Place, Warwick, CV34 4SL, Tel: 01926 499939, warwickbooks; The Book House, 93 High Street, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3HJ, 01844 213032,

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