In a world full of video games, smartphone apps and Netflix, teenagers seem less and less likely to pick up a book. Now that National Book Month is upon us, it is the perfect time to get your kids on the reading train once again. These 10 novels are jam-packed with exciting characters and intriguing plots, ideal for teen readers who have lost their love for a good book.
The Rift Uprising, by Amy S. Foster
This sci-fi fantasy trilogy is perfect for young readers and their parents alike. A story of alternate Earths, cybernetically altered soldiers and even a bit of romance, The Rift Uprising is sure to be a book your teenager will devour. Even better, Foster is set to release the sequel, The Rift Frequency at the end of October, making this the perfect time to catch up with Ryn Whittaker, teenage super soldier.
All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
One of this year’s New York Times bestselling novels, All American Boys stands to teach young readers a thing or two about racial equality. This dual-perspective story follows two teenage boys, one black and one white, and their struggle to accuse a cop of a violent racial crime. The conflict threatens to tear a town apart in this eye-opening novel.
The Raven God, by Alane Adams
If your tween is a fan of the masterful world-building in Harry Potter, they will love this series about gods, witches, armies of fire giants and fantastical war. This final book in the mystical series will only leave your teen wanting to read more and lucky for them, the two prequels are just as action-packed and fun.
Solo (Blink), by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess
For any teen who has dreamed about having famous parents, comes this breakout bestseller. As the child of a washed-up rock star and drug addict, Blade only dreams of a normal life, without his father, where he can be with his girlfriend: the light of his life. An unexpected reveal of a family secret suddenly brings Blade the possibility of freedom from his father—but not without complication.
One Dark Throne, by Kendare Blake
What do you get when you mix Game of Thrones and young-adult fiction? Kendare Blake’s perfectly twisted Three Dark Crowns series. Three sisters battle for the crown, but now that one has discovered her true strength and the other is facing confrontation like never before, the true ruler has yet to be named. This New York Times bestselling author gives teens a reason to love reading again this fall.
Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor
Yet another series to add to your teen’s TBR list, Akata Warrior, the highly anticipated sequel from Okorafor, is surely a book that will make your kids forget about the newest iPhone. A year after being brought into the fold of a secret society, Sunny must travel through worlds to meet the final destiny of humanity at the other side. Will she win the battle or ultimately lose all of humankind forever?
A Dangerous Year, by Kes Trester
Riley Collins is officially the brave go-getter we all wish we could’ve been in high school. This fresh series ushers in a new adventure as the heroine manages her senior year at a new school and a dangerous mission given to her by the U.S. government. After reading this, your teens will never again complain about their nightly homework.
The Language of Thorns, by Leigh Bardugo
If your teen is looking for a quick read, this collection of short stories is easy to get through and always entertaining. A brilliant mix of prose and illustrations, these six stories are filled with magic at every turn. Enter the world of Grishaverse, where mermaids, haunted towns, talking beasts and gingerbread golems litter every page. This magical universe makes this selection the ultimate page-turner for the young adult reader in your life.
Michael Vey 7: The Final Spark, by Richard Paul Evans
With his latest release, Evans unveils the final installment in the Michael Vey series, the adventures of a group of teens with specials powers called the Electroclan. Now that Michael has seemingly disappeared, his friends must risk their lives one last time to save him and themselves. If your teens are fans of Netflix’s Stranger Things, this will be the perfect series for them to get lost in.
The Fever Code, by James Dashner
If your teen has yet to read The Maze Runner series, this is the perfect book to start with. For avid fans and new readers alike, The Fever Code functions as a prequel to the series, answering any questions readers ever had about the infamous maze. Brimming with suspense and secrets of its own, this book will undoubtedly give all teen readers something new to obsess over.