Summer reads for teens

A Good Day for Climbing Trees

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.

  • Eden Summer

    Author: Liz Flanagan

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Eden Summer

    Author: Liz Flanagan

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

    Gothy, tattoo-loving teen Jess goes to school one day to find that her best friend – perfect, popular Eden – has gone mi…

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  • A Throne of Swans

    Author: Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

    Interest level: 12-14

    Reading age: 12+

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  • A Throne of Swans

    Author: Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

    Interest level: 12-14

    Reading age: 12+

    If you love Melinda Salisbury’s royal politics and treacherous courts, you’ll love this brilliant Game of Thrones-esque fanta…

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  • Pumpkin Heads

    Author: Rainbow Rowell Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Pumpkin Heads

    Author: Rainbow Rowell Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 10+

    A story of friendship and romance told in a funny and inclusive graphic novel that celebrates the joy and diversity of Halloween t…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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+

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  • The Wild Book

    Author: Juan Villoro Translator: Lawrence Schimel

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10+

    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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  • What Momma Left Me

    Author: Renée Watson

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 10+

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  • What Momma Left Me

    Author: Renée Watson

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 10+

    Moving to a new school, making new friends and having your first boyfriend – these are all challenging things. But for Serenity, w…

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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+

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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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  • A Good Day For Climbing Trees

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

    Interest level: 11-14

    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: 11-14

    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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