The 10 Most Popular Teen Books


In recent years, there has been a growing market for teen and young adult books. With several smash-hit series hitting bookstores and becoming movie franchises, teens have many series and titles from which to choose. Use this list as a starting point, and good reading.


  • One of the most popular teen series ever written, the "Twilight Saga" consists of four main novels and a spin-off novella. It follows the life of Bella Swan, a high school student who falls in love with Edward Cullen, a vampire who abstains from drinking human blood.

"The Hunger Games"

  • A young adult science fiction adventure series, "The Hunger Games" follows the path of two young people in a post-apocalyptic world. They are followed as they leave their home for the capitol and are forced to participate in a series of combats for the amusement of the rich.

"The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks"

  • A 2008 National Book Award Finalist, "The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks" is the story of a girl at an elite boarding school. When she is excluded from an all boys secret society, she fights back and plays a series of pranks on the boys as payback.

"The Golden Compass"

  • The first book of Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy, this book tells the story of Lyra Belacqua as she follows a group of child snatchers from her home in an alternate history Oxford, England. As she travels, she grows along the way and learns more about the power struggles at work in her world.

"The Graveyard Book"

  • Winner of the 2009 Hugo and Newberry Awards and the 2010 Carnegie Medal, "The Graveyard Book" tells the story of a toddler after the murder of his family. The boy is raised by the denizens of a graveyard, and as he grows he learns the way of the dead from them.

"The Lightning Thief"

  • The beginning of Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Olympians", the book was made into the movie of the same name and released in February of 2010. Drawing strongly on Greek Mythology, the book tells the story of a boy who finds out his real father was the god Poseidon.

The Catcher in the Rye

  • The famous work of J.D. Salinger, it follows three days in the life of the main character, a young man named Holden Caulfield. After he is kicked out of his boarding school, he meets a succession of people as he wanders the streets of New York City.

"City of Bones"

  • The first book of Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series, this book tells of a group in New York City. After witnessing a murder, the main character realizes that evil creatures roam the dark night of the city.

"The Awakeing"

  • L.J. Smith's first book in "The Vampire Diaries" follows a young girl in Virginia when she learns that the supernatural exists. It was also made into a popular series on the television network "The CW" that shares its name with the series.

"The Sorcerer's Stone"

  • The first book of the "Harry Potter" series follows young Harry as he learns that he's a wizard, and follows him as attends school in a world of magic he didn't know existed.


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