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Books for reluctant readers (12+)

Mind the Gap

There's a book out there for every teenager, even the most reluctant of readers.

Try a few of the books below to see if they click with your teenager and help them love reading. There's non-fiction, graphic novels, rhyme and verse! Let us know which one works for your teenager.

See our list for 5-8s

See our list for 9-12s

  • The Poet X

    Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

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  • The Poet X

    Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

    Xiomara, a teenage girl of Dominican heritage, is starting to notice boys, but her strict Catholic parents have decided on no cont…

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  • Sheets

    Author: Brenna Thummler

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  • Sheets

    Author: Brenna Thummler

    At just 13, Marjorie has to run the family launderette. When a plan emerges to turn it into a posh yoga retreat, unexpected h…

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  • Wild Song

    Author: Jane Eagland

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  • Wild Song

    Author: Jane Eagland

    Living in a creaking castle on a remote, windswept island, Anna lives a lonely life - until one wild stormy day a strange boy wash…

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  • Blood Line

    Author: Kevin Brooks

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  • Blood Line

    Author: Kevin Brooks

    A republication of a short novel which Kevin Brooks wrote more than 10 years ago for Barrington Stoke's excellent series for reluc…

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  • Shadow Girl

    Author: Sally Nicholls

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  • Shadow Girl

    Author: Sally Nicholls

    The story examines relationships between teenager and adult, and coming to terms with past experience. Another Barrington Stoke wi…

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  • Omega the Unknown

    Author: Jonathan Lethem Karl Rusnack Farel Dalrymple Paul Hornschemeier

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  • Omega the Unknown

    Author: Jonathan Lethem Karl Rusnack Farel Dalrymple Paul Hornschemeier

    The story of a mute, reluctant super hero from another planet, and the earthly teenager with whom he shares a strange destiny.

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  • Booked

    Author: Kwame Alexander

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  • Booked

    Author: Kwame Alexander

    From fast-paced football matches to school and family drama, this novel written in verse has something for everyone and will grip …

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  • Roller Girl

    Author: Victoria Jamieson

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  • Roller Girl

    Author: Victoria Jamieson

    It’s really exciting to be starting at Roller Derby summer camp, but less so when Astrid finds herself doing it alone. A fantastic…

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  • Death Match

    Author: Andy Croft Illustrator: Bob Moulder

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  • Death Match

    Author: Andy Croft Illustrator: Bob Moulder

    During the occupation of Ukraine in World War II, players from what had been the Dynamo Kiev football team set themselves up as St…

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  • Trollhunters

    Author: Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

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  • Trollhunters

    Author: Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

    This black comedy has a highly visual, cinematic feel. It is wildly imaginative and rich in description, comedy gore and elaborate…

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