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Our Favourite books for teens

How I Live Now

Read our list of outstanding teenage books that either won or were shortlisted for the BookTrust Teenage Prize during it's running from 2003-10.

With fantasy, crime, horror and coming-of-age there is definitely something here for a book loving teen.

  • The Enemy

    Author: Charlie Higson

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  • The Enemy

    Author: Charlie Higson

    When the sickness came, the adults became ill. The lucky ones died but many mutated into brainless, deformed monsters with a seemi…

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  • Halo

    Author: Zizou Corder

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  • Halo

    Author: Zizou Corder

    As an adolescent, Halo is dragged from the love and security of her unconventional upbringing and sold as a slave.

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  • Apache

    Author: Tanya Landman

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  • Apache

    Author: Tanya Landman

    Siki already has a fierce hatred for the Mexican warriors but when her little brother Tazhi is brutally slain in front of her, she…

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  • Henry Tumour

    Author: Anthony McGowan

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  • Henry Tumour

    Author: Anthony McGowan

    Henry Tumour is certainly a memorable book: it's funny, shocking, and thought-provoking, too. Just be warned that the language is …

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  • Beast

    Author: Ally Kennen

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  • Beast

    Author: Ally Kennen

    Stephen has been keeping a secret of unbearable proportions. He can't confide in his foster family, his social worker or his dead-…

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  • Sugar Rush

    Author: Julie Burchill

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  • Sugar Rush

    Author: Julie Burchill

    Shortlisted for the 2005 Booktrust Teenage Prize, this is a controversial and daring look at the gritty reality of teenage experie…

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  • Century

    Author: Sarah Singleton

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  • Century

    Author: Sarah Singleton

    Mercy and her sister Charity have never questioned their daily routine, each day unfolding exactly as the next

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  • The Whisper

    Author: Bali Rai

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  • The Whisper

    Author: Bali Rai

    Credible, hardhitting and couched in the street language for which he is well-known, this will be welcomed by fans of Rai's fictio…

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  • Unique

    Author: Alison Allen-Gray

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  • Unique

    Author: Alison Allen-Gray

    On the road to self-knowledge, Dominic undergoes various crises of identity, while facing threats from a controlling state and a v…

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  • Deep Secret

    Author: Berlie Doherty

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  • Deep Secret

    Author: Berlie Doherty

    When Madeleine's twin sister Grace dies after banging her head after slipping on a rock, her family and the village are stunned by…

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  • Fat Boy Swim

    Author: Catherine Forde

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  • Fat Boy Swim

    Author: Catherine Forde

    This is a wonderful story, brilliantly told in the Glaswegian dialect, and despite containing distressing accounts of bullying, it…

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  • Lucas

    Author: Kevin Brooks

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  • Lucas

    Author: Kevin Brooks

    This beautifully written, unusual novel explores the destructive nature of prejudice and mob violence

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