Teen or young adult books are published for the 12+ crowd, but we know that adults and some advanced younger readers love to shop this category, too. So Queen Anne Book Company reads our teen selections carefully to be ready to answer questions about content and age-appropriateness. Historical fiction, dystopian fantasy, realistic dramas, light reads, or satisfying non-fiction: find all these and more when you browse our teen section.
I was struck by the depth of this gripping story. Seol’s quest for answers about her own past are a fascinating counterpoint to her investigation into a grisly murder. The meditative quality of the narration of this historical mystery felt perfectly suited to the Korean setting and the backdrop of political and religious struggles. Seol’s courage, curiosity, and dedication make her a character I can’t get enough of. Let’s hope this is the start of a series.
Despite the fact that this is marketed as a YA book, I think adults who love a mystery with atmosphere should read it, too.
Ever’s parents force her to go to a cultural and educational program abroad… Little did they know it has a reputation for debauchery! This is a lot of fun, with more depth than I expected.
I can’t believe how much is packed into this graphic novel! Diana’s adolescence, her sense of displacement, and her connection to the refugees she comes ashore with are all very moving. The plot tackles human trafficking and gentrification, too. A superhero for social justice! I couldn’t put it down.
Remarkably entertaining and satisfying-- just what I needed when I was having a difficult time falling into a book. Esme and her charismatic, fashionable best friend Janis formed a Babysitter's Club in their tweens (yes, inspired by the series). When gorgeous but somehow haunted new girl Cassandra asks to join their club, Esme feels compelled to say yes. But there's more to it all than bedtimes, playtimes, and snacks...
The whole world is at stake, and these young women are going to protect it at all costs.
This was quite funny and wholesome (with just a few swears as saltiness), and a perfect distraction. If you were a fan of "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" and/or "The Baby-Sitters Club" novels by Ann. M. Martin, you should give this a try. --Tegan
I loved how this had elements of all-or-nothing competition like "The Hunger Games" and striving kingdoms like "Game of Thrones" but also a tight cast of fascinating teen characters and INCREDIBLE dragons. Ambition, power, empire-- and DRAGONS. It was a fast-paced and engrossing read, and I can't wait for the second volume. --Tegan
If you’re looking for engrossing, high-stakes fantasy, you need this emotionally rich, gorgeously written novel. It’s about about power that winds up being about love, sacrifice, honor, and family— that we choose and are given. Raybearer is absolutely brilliant, gripping, and one-of-a-kind. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
Stunning. Gorgeous writing and unlike anything I've read before. This is a powerful look at abuse, society, complacency, and accountability. It should inspire us all to stay vigilant-- but also hopeful. --Tegan
Travel to Madrid of 1957, Franco's Spain, a place of romance and fear, opportunity and oppression, art and intrigue... Sepetys is a master of telling details, striking revelations, and historical atmosphere. This is marketed as YA but works wonderfully for adult readers open to an emotional and powerful coming-of-age story.
Follow five thrilling points of view in this complex and dark fantasy world. Twisted loyalties, secret plots, passion, addiction, greed, and tyranny make this great for "Game of Thrones" fans!
Daisy's older sister is marrying into the British royal family, but Daisy is not paparazzi-ready (nor does she want to be). But maybe she can stay true to herself and even have some fun with all the makeovers, A-list hijinks, and royal wedding prep... A jolly good read!
Bardugo's fans know she writes rich worlds, complex characters, fierce heroines, and amazing action sequences. In this page-turner, she adds a powerful volume to the Wonder Woman legacy. This is not a novelization of the movie, but like the movie, it also empowers and delights. Diana and the young woman who compels her to leave Themyscria are determined and strong in a variety of ways, and Bardugo laces the narrative with subtle and overt statements about feminism that make us recognize the Amazon in everywoman. This is the first in a series of superhero books written by YA authors (Mary Lu writes Batman, then Sarah Maas and Matt de la Pena), and she has set the bar very high.
Mystery, history and high seas, globe-trotting adventure fill this thriller of a graphic novel by the author of The Golden Compass. It feels like a Jason Bourne story with ghosts. So good!
This realistic story of a first year at college feels true, and is written beautifully. If you've ever had to deal with grief, read this. Because someday you will have to deal with grief, read this. It's written with heart.
Maisie Danger Brown is a unique and charismatic main character. After living a quiet, sheltered life, the excitment that follows her time at astronaut camp is the perfect shock for her and the reader. Technology, friendship, hormones, betrayals, prosthetics, superpowers-- this book really has it all!
Art, family, guilt, love-- this well-crafted YA novel pulls out all the stops. Whether you're 14, 40, 84, or older: If you want an emptionally-satisfying story, try this.
*Spring Break Recommendation*
Who can you believe and who do you trust? This clever novel about a teen whose family loses everything in a fire will keep you questioning and turning the pages! Interviews, articles, and personal narratives let you decide.
Jonathan Safran Foer meets John Green meets War of the Worlds in this thoroughly original, completely engrossing novel. With a fresh and funny voice, Smith unleashes the mess and marvels of teen love, friendship, and other, unexpected terrors. Grasshopper Jungle is an emotional roller coaster, a goofy fun house, and a monstrous freak show all rolled up into one thrilling package.
Looking for something fresh, exciting, and thoroughly absorbing? This tale of passion, art, and politics in a dystopian future-Brazil completely sucked me in. Like Margaret Atwood to a samba beat...
Long listed for the National Book Award!
Smart and suspenseful, this thriller filled with history and mystery isn’t just for teens! It has a great coming-of-age story along with a can’t-put-down mystery and globe-trotting adventure. The stakes are high, the characters are complex, and the pull of the past is strong. If you enjoy books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, or if you like Dan Brown’s plots but wish he spent more time on characters and revisions, try this.
A. is 16. Every day A. wakes up in a different body. A. has been male, female, gay, straight, different races, different religions.
A book about acceptance, love and the power of one day.
Intriguing and thought-provoking.
This is one of the most uplifting books I've read in a while-- powerful and empowering. Told in free verse, it's the story of an aspring young star of classical Indian dance who loses a leg in an accident-- but finds a way to keep dancing.
Local author Martha Brockenbrough’s book pits Love and Death in competition. It’s a story of love and longing set in the middle of the Depression. Romantic and magical! --Judy
If you loved The Book Thief and The Night Circus, try this well-crafted YA set in Seattle in 1937-- it transcends genres and ages. --Tegan
Love and Death each choose a human at birth and then compete to see who will win. Henry is chosen by Love, Flora by Death. He is white and adopted into a wealthy family. She is the daughter of African American jazz musicians. Since we all die and don’t always choose or find love does that mean that death always wins this high stakes game? Or is it more complicated than that? Read this endlessly fascinating young adult novel set in 1930’s Seattle and see what you think. I’m still thinking about it. --Anne
After watching “Black Panther,” I wanted to go to Wakanda. The next best thing was to pick up this astonishingly creative YA fantasy set in Nigeria. 12-year-old Sunny was born in America to Nigerian parents, and then her family moved back to their homeland. She is albino, so she needs to hide from the African sun. But as she becomes friendlier with two of her neighbors, she discovers another special thing about her: like her new friends, she is a “Leopard Person,” a person with magical abilities. Unexpectedly, they are chosen to form a team to stop a sorcerer serial killer-- and ultimately save the world. If you love this richly-imagined world and these strong characters as much as I did, you’ll be particularly happy to know that the sequel, Akata Warrior, is available, too.