Here are all our recommendations for teen and young adult books. Experts recommend and discuss their choice of book on a particular topic. We have fiction and nonfiction; including historical fiction, classic coming of age, science fiction, classics, physics and art history. These are all books aimed at a teen or young adult reader aged between 13 and 18.
Our interviewees include Cornelia Funke giving insight into modern and ancient fairytales; American author Adrienne Kisner on activism and aquiring a political voice through literature, and even synesthete and author Lydia Ruffles sharing books communicating the experience of synesthesia. Other names are Carnegie medal winners Meg Rosoff and Phillip Reeve, as well as art historian John Harrison and children’s author Laura Wood. These interviews not only provide top recommendations for exciting reads, but also point out key themes and interpretations, helping the reader extract deeper meaning and significance from the texts.
What are the best books for getting a teenager into physics? Kate Lee, Head of Physics at St Paul’s Girls School, recommends books about NASA, space travel, and the Big Bang—and puzzles the question of why it is so hard for young women to stay in physics as a profession.
Caesar, Cicero, Achilles, Socrates, Plato: millennia later, we still talk about them. Olly Murphy, classics teacher at Wycombe Abbey, one of England’s top girls’ schools, recommends books and explains why classics remains one of the most exciting subjects for teenagers to study.
Which are the best books to get a teenager excited about art history? We turned to veteran art history teacher John Harrison, formerly head of the art history department at Eton College, for his top five picks of the most illuminating and accessible books for getting a broad overview of the history of art.
Fairy tales are multi-layered, laden with multiple meanings and uncomfortable truths. Cornelia Funke, multi-award winning writer of imaginative fiction for children and young adults, discusses why fairy tales continue to fascinate her and her young readers, and why you need a deft hand to create convincing new fiction from fairy tales.
Coming-of-age stories unfold at the point at which a young person goes out into the world – full of potential and change. Siblings, at this important crossroad, also have to establish themselves outside of their relationship to each other. Author Laura Wood recommends five of her favourite novels that explore the intense, sometimes destructive, relationships that exist between sisters.
Are you a teenager who is furious about the way the world seems to be going? Do you feel powerless and overwhelmed? Author Adrienne Kisner recommends five really good books that will inspire and inform teens and young adults, giving them the tools to get involved in activism, to understand politics—and to change the world.
Rachel Hickman, co-founder of Chicken House Publishing and author of One Silver Summer selects books with wild settings that have appeal to older children. She discusses how a strong use of nature adds drama and meaning to a narrative, and the way that setting can become another character in a story entirely.