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Best Teen Reads of 2018


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Patricia, Clemens Mill | December 1, 2018

This year has seen some excellent novels written for teens in all genres. Authors are exploring new worlds, themes and relationships.

Starting with super heroes, Leigh Bardugo has written Wonder Woman: Warbringer that sees Diana, Princess of the Amazons risking her life and the world to save a mere mortal. The newest installment is Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker in which a young Bruce Wayne, about to turn eighteen and inherit his family’s millions, must take on the deadly Nightwalkers who are targeting Gotham’s elite.

In Realistic fiction, authors are exploring both recent events and timely issues. Buried Beneath The Baobab Tree by Adaobi Nwaubaru explores the Boko Haram kidnapping of 276 female students from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria in 2014. The author based her story on survivor interviews.

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi portrays the devastating effects of war in Syria as the Arab spring movement leads the country into war and results in the infiltration of Daesh into the country.

Long Way Down tackles the cycle of gun violence in urban America. In this novel-in-verse, written by accomplished poet Jason Reynolds, a young man feels he must avenge the killing of his brother, but an elevator trip to the ground floor becomes a life-changing event.

Someone I Used To Know explores the devastating effects of rape when a young girl who has the courage to take her assailant to court finds justice is not done.

For something light and funny consider From Twinkle With Love by Sandhya Menon. This sweet rom-com sees Twinkle Mehra falling unexpectedly for the twin-brother of her crush. Which one will she choose?

Save The Date is popular YA author Morgan Matson’s latest. Charlie Grant’s sister is marrying and she hopes the weekend will be special with all her sisters returning home. The weekend is special, just not quite in the way Charlie imagined.

For more new Teen books checkout our New In Teen Fiction page. Happy reading!!

Batman NightwalkerBuried Beneath the Baobab Tree book coverSomeone I Used to Know book coverFrom Twinkle with Love book cover