Recommend any books for teens?

Any books with theses genres action, drama, and historical. Please exclude sappy romance ones and Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze runner, main stream ones ect.

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  • 6 years ago
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    Okay, I'm going back a generation before sparkly vampires took over the bookshelves. It's a shame some of these great YA and children's authors have died. If you can't find some of these titles in bookstores, try the library.

    Try these authors: Gary Paulson (adventure)--most famous for "Hatchet". Don't judge it by the movie version. The book is better.

    Avi--historical fiction (mostly--he also wrote "Poppy" series for children about mice)

    Walter Dean Myers--try "Monster" for drama--story of an African-American teenager on trial for murder. Myers wrote a lot of stories about the Black Experience, but the books have won major awards and would be good challenging reads for any teen.

    William Sleator--lot of science fiction and horror. The horror is often mixed in with dark humor.

    Some titles you might like: "Interstellar Pig" and "House of Stairs"

    Laurence Yep--historical fiction (try the Golden Mountain Chronicles which tells the story of a fictional Chinese family as they go from China to America from 1849 to 1995. )

    Karen Cushman--historical fiction about young women who aren't airheads

    "Catherine, Called Birdy"

    Neil Gaman (fantasy/horror with some very, very dark humor)

    His "Sandman" series of graphic novels are great for older or mature teens

    His novels for children and YA readers--

    "Coraline" (they toned down the book for the movie adaptation--it's seriously creepy)

    "The Graveyard Book" (read it before the ruin it in the film adaptation that's coming out)

    Read "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" on his website. You can find it and other stories in "Fragile Things"

    You may also enjoy "Smoke and Mirrors" another collection of short stories which was written more for adults, but good for older teens as well.

    Some other books/authors you need to take a look at even though Hollywood trashed their intelligent, thoughtful work:

    Susan Cooper--The Dark is Rising series (they only made one movie because it was so bad--the movie, not the books)

    Katherine Patterson (who also wrote historical fiction)--"Bridge to Terebithia" There are no muppets in the book. Unlike the movie.

    Natalie Babbitt--"Tuck Everlasting" They raised the girl's age so there could be a romance, but it ruined the whole idea of her remaining young forever (basically trapping her as a little girl). Natalie Babbitt also wrote "The Devil's Storybook" and "The Devil's Other Storybook" for children, which was banned several times because it was about the devil. They are also a funny but thought-provoking (worse than being about the devil if it makes one THINK) modern-type fables where the "moral" may not be what one expects.

    Try those---and ask the librarian. The real librarian--not the teenager shelving books. They know more authors and books that have fallen by the wayside. It's been awhile since I've really read YA novels so I may miss some to recommend. I do suggest you try the public library or order the books online if they are still in print (most should be since they did win awards). That will save you from all the "Hunger Game/Twilight/Harry Potter" ripoffs. And actually if you haven't read the Harry Potter books, you really should even if they are popular. J.K. Rowling can actually write and the movies had to leave out a lot.

  • 6 years ago

    The Kite Runner-Khaled Hosseini

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn- Betty Smith

    Life of Pi- Yann Martel

    Ways to Live Forever- Sally Nicholls

  • 6 years ago

    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

    Dangerous Girls by R.L. Stine

    The Hannibal Lecter series by Thomas Harris

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer

    A Separate Peace by John Knowles

  • 6 years ago

    Sacred Hearts; One Amazing Thing; Death of a Chronicle Foretold; Kitchen; Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner; Penelopiad

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  • Cousin
    Lv 6
    6 years ago

    Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Little Big by John Crowley.

  • 6 years ago

    A midsummer nights scream if you like romance and horror a read it and loves it it's by R.L Stine he made it as a remake of Shakespeare's a midsummer nights dream

  • James
    Lv 4
    6 years ago

    Dangerous Days and Blades, both by J. William Turner

  • 6 years ago

    I adored:

    The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo (read it in Seventh Grade, but trust me it's insanely complex and amazing to read) <-Quest/Adventure/Drama/Fantasy (focused in the middle-east, very, very good read)

    Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (One of my absolute favorites) <-Epistolary/Coming-Of-Age (based around the 90's)

    The Uglies Trilogy (I've heard wonders, I haven't read it myself) <- Sci/Fi and Fantasy

  • 6 years ago

    Artemis Fowl, More than this

  • 6 years ago


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