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5 fiction novels every teen will enjoy reading!

What effects do books have on teens specifically? Research says the reading habit helps children succeed in academics and improve their engagement with society.

Why teens must read

There are some direct benefits of reading too. Books give teens a peek into the world of adults. They get an idea of the situations they may have to face in the future. Some books give them much-needed empathy. Teens feel more confident in growing through life when they realise that they are not alone. Apart from this, reading habit expands imagination, increases vocabulary and improves reading and writing skills.

What teens like to read

Let’s understand what may interest the teens the most. Scholastic’s 2016 Australian Kids and Family Reading Report revealed that teens prefer to choose their literature for leisure. They are more likely to finish reading the book if they’ve picked it themselves. Revealing a little more about teen readership patterns, the report said 70% of teens would look forward to reading more if they find books they like.

Interestingly, the research further reveals insights into the reading preferences of teens. Teens love to read funny, mysterious, educative, imaginary, relatable or romantic stories. 

Stories teens shouldn’t miss 

Here are 5 books that will definitely engage and entertain children between the ages of 13-17 years.

  1. The Harry Potter series is undoubtedly the most loved fiction. Teens who haven’t met this J.K Rowling creation yet must do so right away. Go on a fun ride of Harry’s endless adventures and learn valuable lessons about friendship, love, student-teacher relationships and more. All the books in this series are equally engaging. If this sounds like fun, then Happy Harry Potter to you!

2. Next on the list is Louis Sachar’s Holes. It’s the story of Stanley who is digging five feet deep holes every day as instructed by his warden. What’s the warden looking for? Will he find the way out of this trouble before it’s too late? Read the story to know the answers.

3. If you are someone who often wonders about space and other planets, this one’s for you. The Martian by Andy Weir narrates the story of astronaut Mark Watney who is stranded on a Mars mission while his colleagues believe that he’s dead. Will he get a chance to communicate? Andy answers this question through a gripping narrative that you don’t want to miss. 

4. Does adventure excite you? Join the journey of Jasper Jones, an outcasted teenager looking for help. She finds a friend in Charlie but circumstances lead them into dangerous situations in a jungle. Read how author Craig Silvey cleverly unfolds the story into a solution.

5. There’s another story in the forest for mystery lovers. Christopher Paolini’s Eragon is about a teenager who stumbles upon a dragon and encounters magic and mystery at every step. How he handles the magic and solves the mystery makes the story an interesting read.

This is a short list of some interesting novels for teenagers. What’s your list of engaging teen novels? Do let us know in the comments below.

Kruti Beesam

Kruti enjoys blogging and listening to music. She actively tries to sensitise people towards disabilities and create awareness about the need for wheelchair friendly infrastructure. Being a foodie, Kruti looks forward to meeting new people and sharing a good meal with them.


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