Ask an Agent: Good Reads For Younger Teens?

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Question: What are your favorite books to recommend to young readers who are interested in branching out into the teen section? I have a number of 5th and 6th graders who are ready to move out of children’s books. I have some favorite go-to titles but am looking to expand my list. Great reads without all the mature teen drama?

 Elizabeth (Commerce Township Community Library) says:

My younger teens gravitate to series like Ranger’s Apprentice and offshoot Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan; Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter; and Warriors by Erin Hunter.  I also can’t say enough good about two graphic novel series I’ve read recently:  Lumberjanes by Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen, and Noelle Stevenson (from Boom Studios) and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (from Marvel).  For younger manga series, try Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata or Fluffy Fluffy Cinnamoroll by Yumi Tsukirina.

Jenni (South San Francisco Public Library) says:

Peak and The Edge by Roland Smith, Newt’s Emerald and anything else by Garth Nix, A Thousand Nights and The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston, Steelheart, the Rhythmatist,  and others by Brandon Sanderson, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. I’d stick with fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction for kids who want books without teen drama.

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