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Recommended Books For Teens—By Teens

Does your teenager need some ideas for what to read? Your Teen asked some notable teenagers for their recommendations.

ThomasHornTHOMAS HORN

The Night Circus

“The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a fantasy about the relationship between two skilled young magicians doomed to battle. Vivid imagery and an intricate style make this book one of my favorites.”

Thomas Horn is best known for playing Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock’s son Oskar Schell in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. He received a Critics Choice Award for his performance. 

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Dusan 1DUSAN BROWN

Ender’s Game

“I enjoyed the book, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, more than the movie. The book made me feel like I was on the spaceship with Ender and Bean. This book is awesome and interesting with funny moments as well as sad moments. Once I started the book, I couldn’t stop. I highly recommend it.”

Dusan Brown is a star of NBC’s hit comedy, About A Boy. He also stars as the lead singing and speaking voice in Nickelodeon’s newest animated series, Blaze and the Monster Machines, premiering this fall . 

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JulieZeilingerJULIE ZEILINGER

Love Walked In

“Marisa de los Santos is an incredibly talented writer and creates a story that, though certainly romantic, is also full of complex and interesting characters. I love this book, Love Walked In, because reading it feels indulgent while still remaining intelligent and thought-provoking.”

Julie Zeilinger is the author of College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year, founder and editor of the FBomb (thefbomb.org) and a junior at Barnard College.

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DOMINIQUE BIANCODOMINIQUE BIANCO

I Am Malala

“I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai is an autobiography about a girl from Pakistan who survived being shot by the Taliban because she stood up for women’s education This book is great for teens because it shows that even the littlest voice can make a difference, and standing up for what you believe in can change everything in your life.”

Dominique Bianco is a 13-year-old from New York who likes to sing, dance, fish, kayak, and bake cupcakes and desserts. Bianco was Miss New York City Outstanding Teen by the Miss New York City Organization. 

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Charlie Plummer-1CHARLIE PLUMMER

The Outsiders

“Although The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a sad novel, it features wonderful characters, and is an unforgettable story. I would recommend this book to any teenager who enjoys suspense, action, and interesting, heartfelt characters.”

Charlie Plummer plays Timmy Sanders, son of the local Chief of Police on BYUtv’s Granite Flats. Plummer has a recurring role on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and a role in the recent feature film, Not Fade Away. 

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Winter PageWINTER PAGE

The Fault in Our Stars

“The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a beautiful example of human compassion, grief, and love at its finest. The emotions of this book will take you away to another life, and when you return you’ll have a new perspective on what it means to be alive on this little planet of ours.”

Winter Page wrote her first novel in 7th grade and completed Breaking Free when she was fourteen. Now finishing up her freshman year in high school, Page’s book is dedicated to her transgender dance instructor.