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Summer reads for teens

How Hard Can Love Be?

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+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Eden Summer

    Author: Liz Flanagan

    Interest level: 12+

    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+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • A Throne of Swans

    Author: Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

    Interest level: 12+

    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: 10-14

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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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  • What Momma Left Me

    Author: Renée Watson

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • What Momma Left Me

    Author: Renée Watson

    Interest level: 12+

    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: 9-14

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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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  • 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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