Is there a preteen or a teenager on your Christmas list? Have you thought of giving them books but wonder what they’d enjoy? I’ve found it can be especially challenging to pick books for kids who don’t enjoy reading much in the first place. Here are some books that my preteens and teens have loved, both the avid readers, and the ones who’d rather be playing video games. These books are lively, interesting page-turners that appeal to both boys and girls.
1. Inheritance 4-Book Set (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance) by Christopher Paolini is about a farm boy who discovers he is really a dragon rider.
2.Percy Jackson and the Olympians (5 books) by Rick Riordan is a story about a boy who has adventures with Greek gods and sea monsters.
3. Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix is based on the premise of a society where each family is allowed only two children, forcing any subsequent children to live in hiding.
4. Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke is about a girl catapulted into peril when a story read by her father surprisingly comes to life. These books have some bad language, but the storyline is utterly intriguing.
5. The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games. This series is about a boy who discovers a world under New York City where he is forced to fight giant rats, spiders, and bats, and in the process becomes an unexpected hero.
I hope some of these book ideas help you with your Christmas shopping. If you know of books that are inspiring and interesting for teens, I’d love for you to tell me about them in comments, below. As always, I encourage you to do some research and don’t be afraid to trust your instincts when deciding what is appropriate for your kids to read at various ages.
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