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Summer reads for teens

Lying About Last Summer

They're off from school and bored, why not get them hooked on reading this summer?

Try out some of these books, there's something for everyone - whether you're after a funny book, an emotional book, a thriller, or a road trip.

  • How I Live Now

    Author: Meg Rosoff

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • How I Live Now

    Author: Meg Rosoff

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    Fifteen-year-old New Yorker Daisy is sent to England to spend a summer with her unconventional cousins

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  • The Cardturner

    Author: Louis Sachar

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Cardturner

    Author: Louis Sachar

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 9+

    Alton has been unwillingly forced by his parents into being his irrascible, blind, bridge-mad uncle’s cardturner, in the hop…

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  • A Beautiful Lie

    Author: Irfan Master

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • A Beautiful Lie

    Author: Irfan Master

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    Set in India during the summer of 1947, A Beautiful Lie follows the tumultuous events of the Partition of India through the eyes o…

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  • Jasmine Skies

    Author: Sita Brahmachari

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Jasmine Skies

    Author: Sita Brahmachari

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Following from Brahmachari's debut novel, Artichoke Hearts, this a thoughtful, tender and uplifting novel, which continues the sto…

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  • Infinite Sky

    Author: C J Flood

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Infinite Sky

    Author: C J Flood

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Iris's mum has gone, leaving her to look after her older brother and dad. When a family of Irish Travellers park up on the farm, t…

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  • Jackdaw Summer

    Author: David Almond

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Jackdaw Summer

    Author: David Almond

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

    Fate leads Liam to find an abandoned baby and as a result his life becomes entwined with that of Oliver, an African boy seeking as…

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  • Why We Took the Car

    Author: Wolfgang Herrndorf Translator: Tim Mohr

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Why We Took the Car

    Author: Wolfgang Herrndorf Translator: Tim Mohr

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 9+

    Mike and Tschik take off in a 'borrowed' Lada for a summer road trip.

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  • All My Secrets

    Author: Sophie McKenzie

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • All My Secrets

    Author: Sophie McKenzie

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 8+

    Fast paced and easy to read, this exciting mystery with unexpected plot twists, new friendships and a touch of teenage romance is …

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  • The Wicked Deep

    Author: Shea Ernshaw

    Interest level: 14-17

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Wicked Deep

    Author: Shea Ernshaw

    Interest level: 14-17

    Reading age: 10+

    The Swan sisters have been dead for almost two centuries but their vengeful spirits return to the town of Sparrow every summer, an…

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  • The Wild Book

    Author: Juan Villoro Translator: Lawrence Schimel

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10-14

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  • The Wild Book

    Author: Juan Villoro Translator: Lawrence Schimel

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10-14

    When Juan goes to spend the summer with his strange uncle Tito, the last thing he expects is to be sent on a quest in his labyrint…

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  • One Silver Summer

    Author: Rachel Hickman

    Interest level: 11-15

    Reading age: 11+

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  • One Silver Summer

    Author: Rachel Hickman

    Interest level: 11-15

    Reading age: 11+

    Set in the dramatic landscape of wild Cornwall, this 21st-century take on first love stars a prince, a grief-stricken girl, beauti…

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  • Roller Girl

    Author: Victoria Jamieson

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9-14

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  • Roller Girl

    Author: Victoria Jamieson

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9-14

    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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  • Swim the Fly

    Author: Don Calame

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Swim the Fly

    Author: Don Calame

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    Matt, Coop and Sean have been friends forever.  Each summer, they set themselves a goal, and this year tops the lot - they mu…

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  • A Good Day For Climbing Trees

    Author: Jaco Jacobs Illustrator: Jim Tierney Translator: Kobus Geldenhuys from Afrikaans

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • A Good Day For Climbing Trees

    Author: Jaco Jacobs Illustrator: Jim Tierney Translator: Kobus Geldenhuys from Afrikaans

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    Thirteen-year-old Marnus finds himself at the centre of a protest when he and a girl named Leila camp out in a tree to preven…

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  • No Fixed Address

    Author: Susin Nielsen

    Interest level: 11-15

    Reading age: 11+

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  • No Fixed Address

    Author: Susin Nielsen

    Interest level: 11-15

    Reading age: 11+

    If Felix can win Canada’s biggest junior quiz show, he and his mum can stop living in a car park. Or is that just wishful thinking…

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  • How Hard Can Love Be?

    Author: Holly Bourne

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • How Hard Can Love Be?

    Author: Holly Bourne

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 8+

    Working at a US summer camp, Amber meets Kyle, the all-American boy. He can't seriously be interested in her - can he? Written wit…

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  • Hour of the Bees

    Author: Lindsay Eager

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Hour of the Bees

    Author: Lindsay Eager

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Carol's summer was supposed to be filled with pool parties and sleepovers - not helping move her dementia-wrecked grandfather from…

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  • Girl on a Plane

    Author: Miriam Moss

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Girl on a Plane

    Author: Miriam Moss

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    Anna has spent the summer with her family in Bahrain and is on her way back to boarding school in England. Minutes into her flight…

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  • Everybody Jam

    Author: Ali Lewis

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Everybody Jam

    Author: Ali Lewis

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Set during a long, hot summer, this is an unflinching look at life on a cattle station in the Australian outback as a family tries…

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