What Are Some Popular Books for Teens?

What Are Some Popular Books for Teens?

Popular books for teens range from contemporary blockbusters such as the "Harry Potter," "Twilight" and "Hunger Games" series to perennial favorites such as "Catcher in the Rye," "Winnie-the-Pooh," "The Lord of the Rings" and C. S. Lewis's "Narnia" series.

Popular books written for teens range across all genres and themes, from popular vampire and supernatural fiction to more serious, socially-engaged writing. Teen fiction can provide relaxing entertainment or educate teens about different cultures and important social, political and environmental issues. Perhaps the most important benefits teens gain from their reading of these books are insight into imagined lives of a wide variety of characters and improved reading and writing skills.

By J. K. Rowling, the "Harry Potter" series is set in contemporary Britain. These books create a parallel world in which magic is real, and brave teenagers and a supporting cast of adults use good magic to fight against evil magicians.

Allan Stratton's "Chanda’s Secrets" tells the tale of the devastating effects of AIDS in Africa through the eyes of a teenage girl who fights against hypocrisy and secrecy in an effort to sustain her family.

In "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," readers step into the world of a Native American teenager, allowing them to watch how he negotiates the relationship between white and Native American traditions.