7 Great Books to Pick Up During Teen Read Week
It’s finally Teen Read Week, and we couldn’t be more excited! To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list with an irresistible page-turner for every day of the week, and there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for an adventure to a magical realm, a complicated love story or a trip to deep space, celebrate Teen Read Week with a story that will get you thinking!
The Red Sun by Alane Adams
Searching for the perfect book to vamp up a lazy Sunday afternoon? This first installment of the Legends of Orkney series will be a hit with anyone who enjoyed the adventures of Percy Jackson. Twelve-year-old Sam Baron is in for the shock of a lifetime when a dwarf named Rego appears to tell Sam that he’s not, in fact, a normal kid, but hails from a magical realm called Orkney. Then, when Sam’s friends are captured and taken prisoner, Sam journeys to Orkney through a stonefire to rescue them, only to discover that the realm is in grave danger from a curse that has turned the sun a toxic red. With only the help of a witch girl and while learning to control his developing magical powers, Sam struggles with the decision to save his friends or the realm or Orkney in this exciting new story based in Norse mythology.
Winter—The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Nothing will beat the Monday blues like this spellbinding series conclusion as Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter get one final shot at their happily ever afters. A classic fairy tale retold with a sci-fi twist, Princess Winter is beloved by the Lunar citizens for her kindness and good nature despite the scars that disfigure her face, but is loathed by her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter knows her stepmother believes her to be weak, but Winter has been defying Levana’s wishes behind her back for years. However, now that Winter has developed feelings for Jacin—a palace guard and childhood friend—she doesn’t believe she can play the part of the passive stepdaughter anymore, and with the help of Cinder, Scarlet and Cress, Winter will start a revolution and battle to win the war that has been fought for far too long.
Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen
Sometimes, the only way to get through a Tuesday is with the help of a good, old-fashioned love story with a twist. When Clara’s luggage accidentally gets switched with Elias Phinn’s identical backpack, Clara uses the luggage tag to track down her stuff and, in the process, to track down the alluring boy next to whom she spent a flight. But Clara doesn’t find what she expected, and instead of one Elias Phinn, Clara finds two: the angry, paranoid and artistic boy Clara met on the plane, and the sweet, irresistible Elias who greets Clara at the door… but has no recollection of who she is or that they’ve met before. As Clara learns more about the dissociative identity disorder that has created these two very different boys, and as she falls harder for the kind, gentle Elias, Clara becomes dangerously entangled in the lives of Elias’ two identities, which will eventually force Clara to make decisions that will irreversibly change their lives.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
You think your Wednesday was stressful? This morning Kady broke up with Ezra, and hours later, their planet was being invaded. It’s 2575, and when the ex-couple’s planet is caught in the midst of a war between two megacorporations that wipes out countless loved ones Kady and Ezra are evacuated onto separate warships to find that the real problems have only just begun. With the outbreak of a deadly plague on one ship and a rogue AI—a computer system designed to protect them—going haywire on the other, Kady and Ezra will have to work together to save the lives of the thousands of passengers as the dangers of deep space continue to multiply.
The Looney Experiment by Luke Reynolds
When you go to relax and put your feet up after a long Thursday, let Atticus Hobart keep you company. Atticus doesn’t have a lot going for him, considering his dad has just left, bullies only see him as a punching bag and the girl Atticus likes doesn’t seem to see him at all. But there’s also Mr. Looney, the 77-year-old substitute teacher, whose unconventional teaching techniques slowly open Atticus’ mind and imagination. Then, as Atticus discovers his voice, he may just realize that the power to face his biggest problems has always been inside him.
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Get excited that it’s Friday and for this historical, hilarious and enlightening story told through the diary entries of Joan Skraggs, a fourteen-year-old farmer girl living in 1911 Pennsylvania, who dreams of adventure and true love just like the heroines in her favorite books. But trapped by circumstance and unable to live the life she yearns for, Joan runs away to Baltimore where she is hired by a wealthy Jewish family. As Joan learns about the tremendous amount of effort it takes to keep house in an era with very few modern appliances, she is also introduced to literature, music, art and perhaps most surprisingly of all, love. Touching, funny and told in a spot-on voice, Joan’s coming of age will have her questioning her belonging, her faith, her future and what it means to be a woman in the early 20th century.
Shades of Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Save this enchanting adventure across realms and third installment of the Doon series for a long Saturday. Veronica Welling and Mackenna Reid are more than ready to enjoy their beautiful, magical kingdom of Doon with their true loves by their side. That is, until the best friends are thrust out of the realm and back to what could be the most horrific thing they’ve faced yet: their old lives in the modern world. Joined by the MacCrae brothers but with no way of returning to their Doon, the group rushes to discover a way to return to their kingdom while unbeknownst to them, a trusted friend is aiding the witch plotting to destroy all of Doon in the girls’ absence…
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