Are you unsure of what to read aloud with teens? Do you ever get a little overwhelmed looking through the YA section at your local bookstore or library?

Not to worry. I’m here today with 5 (OK, plus one more!) books to read with your teens.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • a book that helped me fill up my reading journal with meaningful quotes
  • the one I’d change the title and cover of, if I could
  • and two books that are so good on audio, you and your teen might end up driving around the block a time or two!

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Episode 68
Princess Academy

Princess Academy

FROM SARAH:

This is not a girl book. It's an adventure story. Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have lived a simple life. But not so any longer. Action-packed and riveting! Meet Shannon Hale in her Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

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Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince will choose his bride from among the village girls.

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Navigating Early

Navigating Early

**Description from Amazon: “Just the sort of book that saves lives by igniting a passion for reading.” —James Patterson   “Reminiscent of Huckleberry Finn.” —The Wall Street Journal   A Michael L. Printz Honor Winner   From the author of Newbery Medal winner Moon Over Manifest comes the odyssey-like adventure o...

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Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest

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Abilene Tucker's father sends her ot hte immigrant town of Manifest in rural Kansas with little explanation, and Abilene feels abandoned and alone. In her room, she discovers a a hidden cigar box full of memories... memories that will change Abilene's experience forever. Gorgeous language, a compelling plot, and characters who will stay with you long after you close the pages.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Dover Thrift Editions)

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Dover Thrift Editions)

**Description from Amazon: Referring to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H. L. Mencken noted that his discovery of this classic American novel was "the most stupendous event of my whole life"; Ernest Hemingway declared that "all modern American literature stems from this one book," while T. S. Eliot called Huck "one of the per...

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming

$3.95
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Series: Episodes, Episode 68, Book 72
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! NARRATED BY: Jacqueline Woodson, BEST FOR AGES: 12+

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The Boundless

The Boundless

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NARRATED BY: Nick Podehl, BEST FOR AGES: 12+

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming

FROM SARAH:

My favorite novel in verse. This book makes me want to write poetry, but mostly it just leaves me gobsmacked with what a good story and beautiful language can do to the heart. Especially wonderful on audio. Recommended for ages 12+.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

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The Charlatan’s Boy: A Novel

The Charlatan’s Boy: A Novel

Welcome to Corenwald, where you'll meet an ugly boy named Grady and the circus huckster Floyd as they tramp through villages tricking folks into falling for their mythical feechie act. When business slows, Floyd drums up a grand scheme that has some surprising results for both the people in Corenwald and for Grady himself.

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The Wednesday Wars

The Wednesday Wars

FROM SARAH:

Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? This story will make you want to eat a cream puff, read a play, hug a vet, and get some yellow tights. Well okay, maybe not the yellow tights. Gary Schmidt is easily one of today's best writers for teens. Meet him in the Author Access replay inside RAR Premium.

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