Teenage Picks

teenpicks2.jpgGreat ideas to make you really love your Summer Reading assignment!

We’re often asked to suggest books for teens whose first language is not English. It’s a tricky question: Not only do we have to take into account the fact that teens have widely varying tastes, but teachers and students also often have very different ideas on what makes a book worth reading!

Sometimes we’re asked to suggest a list of books complied not with the aim of introducing teens to the very best of English Literature, but just to give them a book they’ll enjoy so much that they’ll forge through the language barrier to finish it. Those lists are much more fun! Our latest request asked for quick, interesting, appealing reads for smart Dutch 15-19 year olds, with the emphasis on the fun rather than edification. Here’s what we came up with.

Most of these books are enjoyed by adults and kids alike, even though they might be aimed at grown-ups, or at children younger than 15. That makes them perfect books if your first language isn’t English, or if you don’t like reading.

Action & Adventure for Boys

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The Lightning Thief

Lord Loss

Mister Monday

The Recruit

Silverfin

Ender’s Game

Cirque du Freak

Jimmy Coates: Assassin

Alfred Kropp

Stormbreaker

Gregor The Overlander

Books for the other Boys

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Monster

The Outsiders

Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key

Apples

The Catcher in The Rye

Looking for Alaska

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Be More Chill

Gossip, Glamour and Gorgeous Guys for the Girls

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The Clique

Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Girls in Love

Size 12 Is Not Fat

Confessions of a Shopaholic

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things

Boy Next Door

Mates, Dates and Inflatable Bras

Pretties

The A-List

The Princess Diaries

Gossip Girl

Great Stories for Daydreaming Girls

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Persepolis

Twilight

Forever

Fever 1793

A Great and Terrible Beauty

Flowers in The Attic

The Lovely Bones

The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants

Ella Enchanted

Shadowland

The Illustrated Mum

Beauty

The Nanny Diaries

Something for Everyone

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Adrian Mole

Just in Case

Artemis Fowl

The Road of The Dead

About a Boy

A Child Called It

Maximum Ride

Stargirl

Flush

Holes

The Bad Beginning

The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas

Junk

Doing It

Holidays on Ice (totally worth it, just for the wonderful Santaland Diaries)

Death Note

Chasing Vermeer

The Giver

Lionboy

Henry Sugar

Skin

Tales of The Unexpected

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One Response to “Teenage Picks”

  1. Marjolein says:

    Great picks for teens! (and for those young at heart)
    Marjolein