Although this blogs is targeted to middle graders (ages 8-12), we want to keep kids reading well into their teen years as well. Growing out of the Suggested Reads for Middle Graders list, these books are ones that are more appropriate for teens. Some caution is still in order, though, as what is appropriate for a 16 year old, may not be what you want your freshly minted 13 year old teen reading. That is, if you can, or want, to stop them. Teenagehood is hard for kids, worse for parents, and I’m thankful that Dark Omen hasn’t yet reached the teen years (although Worm Burner (age 8) proudly proclaimed he didn’t have to wear his jacket yesterday because he was “nearly” a teenager. Nice try.) As you can see from the list, nearly all teen books are well below the appropriate reading level for teens. Sigh.
Details, details: I have not reviewed these books. If the books listed below are a series, I’ve indicated that, but only given the first book. I’ve given reading levels and age appropriate ratings, where available from Common Sense Media. You can download and print the list.