Library time ? – call for YA/teen book recommendations, please? (For a school library)


wwww, I’m so excited – so much to love about this. First up, Easter holidays ❤❤❤ – tell me we can’t all use a break in the spring sunshine right now? (Happy Easter, everyone!)

And – yey – one of our local schools has refurbed a library just as I’m trying to get my family back into more reading and a little bit less online fun (after a year of Zoom and Teams… we’re cross-eyed with the screen-time).

So anyway, I wondered what book/s to send in, and also to share with my own kids, and realised that my YA knowledge is, basically, Eleanor and Park (which I love) and The Hunger Games (which I haven’t read, because films). So I put a call out on Twitter and did a bit of digging online to try and bring up a list of fab YA reads.

Massive thanks to everyone who’s replied already – you are stars!

Here’s my list so far, and please, if you have any other great recs for kids aged 11-17y, fic or non-fic, then I’d love to hear from you in the comments here, or on Twitter ?


Question for readers, reviewers, authors, teachers, librarians, publishers, agents, booksellers – please,

what are your 3 favourite books for readers aged 11-16y?

Any recommendations would be REALLY appreciated – thank you!
#library #yabooks #Fiction #Nonfiction #books #YA

— TU (@tmupchurch) March 23, 2021


This list is a fluid work in progress, and there are more in the tweets in the comments section

(Green: batch 1, April 21, purple: batch 2, April 21, blue, May 2021.)

By author surname:


  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 
  2. The Complete box set: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Boxset, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long and Thanks for all the Fish, Mostly Harmless
  3. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  4. The Hunger Games trilogy (3 titles, boxed set) by Suzanne Collins
  5. The Maze Runner series by James Dashner – mixed reviews this end – thoughts?
  6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  7. Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver
  8. His Dark Materials (3 titles, one volume: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman
  9. Percy Jackson Series (5 titles: the Lightning Thief, the Last Olympian, the Titan’s Curse, the Sea of Monsters and the Battle of the Labyrinth) by Rick Riordan 
  10. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  11. Holes by Louis Sachar
  12. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
  13. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  14. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Dyslexia-friendly, Barrington Stoke)
  15. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Dyslexia-friendly, Barrington Stoke)
  16. Rook by Anthony McGowan (Dyslexia-friendly, Barrington Stoke)
  17. The Greatest Show of All by Jane Eagland – retelling of Twelfth Night (Dyslexia-friendly, Barrington Stoke)


  1. Life On Air by David Attenborough
  2. Water Light Time by David Doubilet (Author, Photographer)
  3. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  4. Guinness World Records 2021
  5. Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall 


Happy reading! xx


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One comment

  1. TM Upchurch says:

    Thank you to all who commented on Twitter –

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