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.
Fantastic debut from local Seattle author! Such drama! Such excitement! Such high stakes! Great action scenes, great love story, great exploration of humanity and revenge. It's like a perfect mix of "The Hunger Games," "Cinder," and "Pacific Rim" with some "Robin Hood" tossed in. I've read it described as "sapphic cyberpunk," and I'm here for it 100%!
Seamless world-building, loveable characters, a high-stakes mystery, just enough creepiness, and meaningful reflections on grief made this a very satisfying read.
Elatsoe was named for the Lipan word for hummingbird, but it is also the name of her Six-Great Grandmother who was a passionate, powerful woman who, like Ellie and her mother, could wake ghosts from the spirit world. Six-Great used her pack of ghost dogs to fight monsters-- literal and human-- to protect her people. Ellie's grandmother woke a mammoth spirit for protection and companionship. Ellie keeps the ghost of her beloved English springer spaniel, Kirby, near to play fetch, give her emotional support, and yes, keep her safe.
When Ellie gets hints that what was deemed a tragic accident was actually a murder, she, Kirby, her cheerleader best friend Jay, and a wider group of supporters including Ellie's mom, Jay's sister, Jay's sister's vampire fiance, and Jay's sister's basketball teammates, face all kinds of danger to bring justice-- not vengeance.
It’s worth noting that even though Ellie is 17 and this is a young adult novel, it would work very well for advanced younger readers (10+) and adults who are interested in murder mysteries and the paranormal. --Tegan
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.
Magic! Books! Maybe romance?!?! And DEMONS! Yes, please. This was everything I hoped for and more. If you want dark, mysterious libraries, a powerful and loveable main character, and a bit of a mystery, too, this is a great pick.
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.
This debut novel is FANTASTIC. It has enough rich kid drama and lifestyle (PROM! LOVE TRIANGLES! LOS ANGELES!) to be entertaining as well as hard-hitting realizations about race, class, and protest.
I couldn't put it down, and it won't let me go.
I cannot wait to give this to a wide range of readers, teen and adult. If someone liked "The Hate U Give" or "Crazy Rich Asians," they need to try this. Yes, those are wildly divergent comps, but this book contains multitudes. I also cannot wait to read more by this author!
This beautiful, moving graphic novel is a must-read. Like George Takei's "They Called Us Enemy," it has so much painful history that should inform and inspire us.
The travels of present-day main character, Kiku, who is half-Japanese, illuminates the power of memory and the urgency of history.
When Kiku, the gets transported back to when families from San Francisco were being sent to internment camps, someone, noting that she might pass for white, asks, "Are you sure you're supposed to be here?" Kiku researches when she gets back to her time: "I never knew, until that day in SFO airport, that anyone with one-sixteenth Japanese ancestry or more was incarcerated. SO I would have been standing in that line with my mom and sister, no matter how white-passing we were. But that certainly didn't mean we belonged there. Nobody did."
Powerful. Beautifully rendered. Full of evidence of history obscured by trauma, and the necessity of understanding the past to know to stand up in the present.
This is a beautiful-in-every-way book! The colors, the characters, the growing and blossoming relationship, the intentions to respect and care for one another-- all are so lovely. It's been a long time since I went on a first date, but this reminded me so vividly of the courage that (and subsequent dates) can require! The book illustrates why it's so important to "normalize respecting disabled people without needing to feel inspired by them first" (Alex Darcy/ WheelchairRapunzel). I appreciate that the romance is between women and that two secondary characters are nonbinary.
If you want a love story that's a fast read but will keep you thinking (and swooning), this is it!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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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.
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
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.
Fans of the King Arthur legends, rejoice/beware! "Legendborn" turns these classic stories on their head. Take my advice: DON'T mess with Bree. But do read about her! She might be a bit reticent at first, but goodness, has she got a story to tell.
This book is definitely epic! Genie Lo--an authentic, exasperated, Chinese American teenager--tackles everything from SATs to demons to legendary heroes and gods. Fans of the ancient "Journey to the West" will get a kick out of this modern adaptation/twist--a journey to the West Coast, specifically San Francisco!
I loved this rom-com about resilience, hard work, believing in yourself, and dancing and singing your heart out! Put some K-pop on in the background, make yourself some tacos, and settle in for a rip-roaring read about a character you'll adore.
Skye is a great singer and dancer and she lives in LA, so of course she'll try out for the new reality TV show competition to be the next (and first American) K-pop star! Will she be able to overcome the fatphobia of the industry-- and her mother? Is it possible to make friends along the way in such a ruthless competition? And what will happen when the contest pairs her with male-model Henry Cho?
I was hooked from the first page. Give this to anyone who could use some good vibes.
(It reminded me of the feelings I get from movies like "Clueless," "Save the Last Dance," and "Bring It On," but so much better!)
I read all in one go! This book had my heart racing from start to finish. Features alternating perspectives between resourceful and genuine young women. A timely narrative on race and protest, both in broader society and between/within individuals--AND a guaranteed read to raise your blood pressure!
A gripping, propulsive free verse novel that addresses the first year of college in a way I haven't seen but absolutely loved: through exploration of self-love, overcoming trauma, trusting one's instincts, questioning the socially-normalized paths, and pursuing passion. I hope adults and teens will read and discuss together. (It should be required reading for any college admissions advisors.) It also inspired me to do dance workouts online, so it has the potential for mental and physical benefits! Truly, this book could change your life. --Tegan