Here is the other half of our top 20 for teenagers. Remember though, as a teenage girl myself, several of these titles rank among my favourite books of this age group so don’t be afraid to mix it up!
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Burning Eddy by Scot Gardner
The Cave by Susanne Gervay
Dougy by James Moloney
Gone by Michael Grant
Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
Airman by Eoin Colfer
The Great Gatenby by John Marsden
When Dogs Cry by Markus Zusak
When Dog Cry by Markus Zusak is one of the books on our top ten books for teenage boys. It is on the list at the insistence of one of my daughter’s who read it a long time ago. I’ve just read it, and I can tell you it is a terrific book. The main character is Cameron Wolfe and he has two older brothers, Steven and Ruben. He is in awe of both of them, and is trying to find his place in the world, but is having trouble convincing himself he is worthwhile. With the help of his family, and one of Ruben’s discarded girlfriends, he learns that it is OK to be himself. If all young men could learn from the tenderness, both between the family members and the new girl on the scene, we could all be very happy. Highly recommended. $14.95. Heather
PS. It is on our list for boys, but girls will enjoy this just as much.