Books for reluctant readers (12+)

Truly Tyler

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

  • Invisible Emmie

    Author: Terri Libenson

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Invisible Emmie

    Author: Terri Libenson

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10+

    Thirteen-year-old Emmie is the quiet girl at school, the one nobody notices. She loves to draw – and is good at it too – and has a…

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  • Truly Tyler

    Author: Terri Libenson

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Truly Tyler

    Author: Terri Libenson

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 11+

    Tyler is used to being one of the most popular boys in school, so when he teams up with quiet, shy Emmie to draw a comic for a sch…

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  • Girl (In Real Life)

    Author: Tamsin Winter

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Girl (In Real Life)

    Author: Tamsin Winter

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 9+

    Lots of teenagers are embarrassed by their parents but when yours vlog about everything in your life, including your first period,…

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  • White Bird

    Author: R J Palacio

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 9+

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  • White Bird

    Author: R J Palacio

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 9+

    Now he’s a teenager, Julian wants to hear the details of what happened to Grandmère during her childhood in France in World War Tw…

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  • Sister Switch

    Author: Beth Garrod

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Sister Switch

    Author: Beth Garrod

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 8+

    Lily and Erin are sisters, but they couldn't be more different. So what on earth will happen when they find that their bodies have…

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  • The Climbers

    Author: Keith Gray

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Climbers

    Author: Keith Gray

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 8+

    This punchy and exciting thriller explores status, friendship and potentially deadly rivalry – and shows how saving face at a…

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  • Show Us Who You Are

    Author: Elle McNicoll

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Show Us Who You Are

    Author: Elle McNicoll

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 10+

    When 12 year old Cora meets Adrien, they become inseparable. But when Cora starts to visit Adrien's dad's company - which creates …

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  • The Hideaway

    Author: Pam Smy

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 11+

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  • The Hideaway

    Author: Pam Smy

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 11+

    Pam Smy’s heartbreaking yet heartwarming illustrated novel has a supernatural element, but is really about the terrible impact tha…

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  • Sheets

    Author: Brenna Thummler

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Sheets

    Author: Brenna Thummler

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10+

    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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  • SkyWake: Invasion

    Author: Jamie Russell

    Interest level: 9-14

    Reading age: 10+

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  • SkyWake: Invasion

    Author: Jamie Russell

    Interest level: 9-14

    Reading age: 10+

    This exhilarating futuristic adventure, the first in a trilogy, is a fast-paced, thrilling read, perfect for gamers and sci-fi fan…

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  • Good News

    Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Adam Hayes

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Good News

    Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Adam Hayes

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

    From pandemics to war, world news can sometimes seem rather bleak, leaving many children feeling anxious and despondent. This supe…

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  • Booked

    Author: Kwame Alexander

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Booked

    Author: Kwame Alexander

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

    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

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Roller Girl

    Author: Victoria Jamieson

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9+

    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

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Death Match

    Author: Andy Croft Illustrator: Bob Moulder

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 8+

    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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  • Apple and Rain

    Author: Sarah Crossan

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Apple and Rain

    Author: Sarah Crossan

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Engrossing and uplifting, challenging and charming, Apple and Rain brings fiction and poetry together in a well-crafted story abou…

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  • Ghost Stadium

    Author: Tom Palmer

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Ghost Stadium

    Author: Tom Palmer

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 8+

    Three boys go camping in the abandoned Northface football stadium. But all is not as it seems. Tom Palmer's Ghost Stadium&nbs…

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  • Rat

    Author: Patrice Lawrence

    Interest level: 9-14

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Rat

    Author: Patrice Lawrence

    Interest level: 9-14

    Reading age: 10+

    Al's mum is back in prison again - and Al thinks it's their neighbour's fault, so he plots revenge with his beloved pet rats, Veno…

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  • The Sad Ghost Club

    Author: Lize Meddings

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Sad Ghost Club

    Author: Lize Meddings

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

    A sad ghost wants to go to a party, but his social anxiety keeps holding him back. When he meets another anxious ghost, he realise…

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