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There comes a point in a young life when the time is right to move on from the books and children’s authors they enjoyed as a child to reading books and authors that offer greater challenges as they grow up into adulthood. The books in this 13+ category are exactly that. They bridge that gap to introduce you and your teenager to authors who write for that early teen reader but also adult authors who also write for a teenage / young adult audience.

You could also check out our latest highlights such as the 'prizewinners' section where we can help you to discover authors currently in contention for and/or winners of the most prestigious awards, such as the Teenage Book Prize that we feel your teenagers will love.

And finally, if your teens prefer to choose their own books then our special teen category on our sister site Lovereading called 'new gen' is the perfect place for them to start.

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The Devil's Angel
The Devil's Angel
Kevin Brooks
February 2015 Book of the Month - Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 8   Award-winning Kevin Brooks tells a gripping and thoughtful story about the irresistible appeal of a dangerous friendship. Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | Books for Boys | Books of the Month | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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Seven Days
Reader Reviewed Seven Days
Eve Ainsworth
February 2015 Debut of the Month  Life at home is horrible for Jess since her father left. There’s very little money and her mum struggles just to keep the family going. But she has even worse problems at school where...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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The Mortal Instruments 6 City of Heavenly Fire
The Mortal Instruments 6 City of Heavenly Fire
Cassandra Clare
Shadowhunters and demons square off, lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed, for the sixth book and the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series from Cassandra Clare. The Mortal...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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The Boy with the Tiger's Heart
Reader Reviewed The Boy with the Tiger's Heart
Linda Coggin
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Can three children and a bear keep themselves free from the authorities who are determined to track them down? When...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Zom-B Bride
Zom-B Bride
Darren Shan
From the master of horror comes the 10th Zom-B instalment.  B Smith has been reunited with the murderous maniac clown, Mr. Dowling. To her shock and consternation, he's desperate to make B his partner in crime. Mr. Dowling disgusts her,...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Zom-b Clans
Zom-b Clans
Darren Shan
In this latest instalment, B’s fellow Angel, Vinyl, is being held hostage by the sinister Owl Man who will only release him in exchange for B’s own dangerous captive. B Smith must consider her next move very carefully indeed… Once again,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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One of Us
One of Us
Jeannie Waudby
‘I think how readily people believe lies, and how easily the truth can look like a lie.’ A thick fog of paranoia and fear pervades this novel. It’s set in a fictitious society divided into them – the Brotherhood, a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Tape
Reader Reviewed Tape
Steven Camden
One of our Books of the Year 2014  This stunning debut novel by acclaimed spoken-word artist Steven Camden tells two stories which take place twenty years apart but which are connected by one old cassette tape. Ryan and Ameliah each...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Apple and Rain
Reader Reviewed Apple and Rain
Sarah Crossan
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Apple is sure that one day her mother will return. And when that happens she is sure that everything in her life will be good again. But when Mum does return, Apple finds that...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Just One Year
Just One Year
Gayle Forman
This book comes from the author of the international bestseller, If I Stay, now a major film starring Chloe Grace Moretz. Twenty-four hours can change your life... It is perfect for fans of John Green and David Levithan.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Devil You Know
Devil You Know
Cathy Macphail
Award-winning writer Cathy Macphail, master of the unexpected twist, leads readers into a tense and sometimes violent story before revealing the truth. Newly arrived on an estate in Glasgow, Logan is thrilled when he finds a friend. Baz seems cool...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | Coming Soon | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/2015
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Seventh Son The Spook's Apprentice
Seventh Son The Spook's Apprentice
Joseph Delaney
Joseph Delaney’s Spook’s series has a huge following amongst young teen readers, and no wonder. This kind of storytelling has real appeal – the books are action-packed, with the threat of dark and dreadful deeds, but always bound by...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Reader Reviewed The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie
A remarkable and heart warming story of survival that avoids sadness or sentimentality because of its original story telling and brilliant black humour. Junior relates the complicated journey of his life travelling from the poverty and lack of opportunity on...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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The Dogs
Reader Reviewed The Dogs
Allan Stratton
February 2015 Debut of the Month   Ghost story and psychological thriller, The Dogs will keep readers nervous and guessing to the very end. Cameron and his mum have been on the run from his violent father nearly all his life,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Split Second
Reader Reviewed Split Second
Sophie Mckenzie
Winner of for the Red House Children's Book Awards 2014, older readers category. Best-selling Sophie McKenzie tells a corkscrew of an adventure which pulls no punches about the dangers of terrorism. Charlie’s mother is killed in a bomb blast in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
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Blindside
Blindside
Aidan Chambers
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8  Aidan Chambers is a very fine writer, whose novels often deal with themes of self-discovery.  In Blindside, Nate, a talented young runner, is involved in a terrible road accident. Realising he’ll never run again,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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Before I Die
Before I Die
Jenny Downham
This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don't read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would you want to do? Imagine this from...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2008
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The Apple Tart of Hope
Reader Reviewed The Apple Tart of Hope
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015  A touching and funny story about being an outsider which is illuminated by touches of magic. Oscar and Meg are next-door-neighbours and best friends. But, when Meg moves away everything...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Forever
Forever
Judy Blume
Controversial when it was first published, Forever is a classic title which tenderly describes a first love affair and a first sexual experience. Michael and Katherine are in their last year at school when they begin going out together. They...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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All the Bright Places
Reader Reviewed All the Bright Places
Jennifer Niven
Fans of John Green will love this heart-wrenching teenage novel. School students Violet and Theodore Finch first meet on the ledge at the top of the school bell-tower. Of course, it is out of bounds and neither should be there...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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The Art of Being Normal
Reader Reviewed The Art of Being Normal
Lisa Williamson
January 2015 Debut of the Month  This is a sensitive, often funny and thoroughly engaging story of teenagers coming to terms with who they are. It’s easy to think in these liberal times that anything goes, but teens will be...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Vendetta
Reader Reviewed Vendetta
Catherine Doyle
January 2015 Debut of the Month  This Romeo and Juliet story throbs with passion and mystery from the opening chapter to the very end! Sophie Gracewell is on her way home from her job at the family diner when she...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Zero Hour
Reader Reviewed Zero Hour
Will Hill
Department 19 is utterly addictive. Packed with great characters and brilliantly plotted, the series sets a new benchmark for YA thrillers. This is book four in the explosive series from bestselling author, Will Hill.  if you're looking for a fast-paced...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Year of the Rat
Reader Reviewed The Year of the Rat
Clare Furniss
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014  Heartbreak is made bearable by humour in this gripping and touching story of sixteen year old Pearl, struggling to keep going after the death of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Age of Miracles
The Age of Miracles
Karen Thompson Walker
This stunning debut has a fascinating premise that 'The earth is slowing down' and it provides a unique framework for this memorable, haunting and bittersweet coming of age novel.  It is seen through the eyes and experiences of Julia, an...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Hope in a Ballet Shoe
Hope in a Ballet Shoe
Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince
January 2015 Book of the Month The amazing true story of how an orphan from Sierra Leone has become a major US ballet star. Michaela DePrince’s life began in a country wracked by conflict. Her parents died when she was...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Door That Led to Where
Reader Reviewed The Door That Led to Where
Sally Gardner
This novel contains some strong language. A new novel by multi-award winning Sally Gardner is always highly anticipated. She is one of the most original writers of today, and...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Frozen Charlotte
Reader Reviewed Frozen Charlotte
Alex Bell
Following the sudden death of her best friend, Sophie hopes that spending the summer with family on a remote Scottish island will be just what she needs. But the old schoolhouse, with its tragic history, is anything but an escape....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2015
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There Will be Lies
Reader Reviewed There Will be Lies
Nick Lake
January 2015 Book of the Month  Award-winning Nick Lake tells a complex story fusing two strands of narrative into a richly woven single thread. Seventeen-year-old Shelby Cooper has always been very protected by her mother; she guesses it is partly...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Picture Perfect
Picture Perfect
Holly Smale
January 2015 Book of the Month  Harriet Manners, heroine of the best selling Geek Girl, is back for an equally engaging third adventure. On the brink of her sixteenth birthday, Harriet is still juggling the vast gulf between her...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | Books of the Month | World Book Day
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Coram Boy
Coram Boy
Jamila Gavin
The harsh realities of 18th century life, of slavery, of prejudice, of tragedy, of corruption, of the haves and the have-nots are woven together incredibly intricately and yet quite simply told too.  Rest assured this book will have...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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The Return of Johnny Kemp
The Return of Johnny Kemp
Keith Gray
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+  A really gripping thriller for teenage boys.  Short and fast-paced, it’s the story of Johnny Kemp, a boy that no one is prepared to mess with, until that is, Dan manages to get him...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/11/2014
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Sleepless
Reader Reviewed Sleepless
Lou Morgan
It is summer time at Clerkenwell and the pressure is on. At this school for the academically elite, failure is not an option and exams are looming. Rich, smart and manipulative Tigs supplies the group of friends with a tiny...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2015
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The Winter Horses
Reader Reviewed The Winter Horses
Philip Kerr
January 2015 Book of the Month  A breathtaking tale of survival set in Ukraine during the dark days of WWII. Based on true events, a young girl must set out on a treacherous journey through the frozen Ukrainian forest to...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | Books Reviewed by Children | Books of the Month | The World Wars | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Movie Storybook
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Movie Storybook
Natasha Hughes
Relive the story of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in this fantastic photo-filled book.
Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
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Egg & Spoon
Egg & Spoon
Gregory Maguire
Master storyteller Gregory Maguire surpasses himself in a dazzling tour de force as he spins a mesmerizing, magical tale for readers of all ages.
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Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Girl Online
Reader Reviewed Girl Online
Zoe Sugg
December 2014 Mega Debut of the Month Vlogger Zoella’s fans will fall headlong into this sharply observed, super-realistic teen story. Against a background of first the ordinary ups and downs of life at school followed by an amazing fairy tale...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 25/11/2014
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The Bane Chronicles
Reader Reviewed The Bane Chronicles
Cassandra Clare
December 2014 Book of the Month    Here are ten short stories covering roughly two hundred years in the life of Magnus Bane, sitting alongside is an extra exclusive bonus tale which acts as the perfect encore. The start of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 11/11/2014
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