Teen Reads

Wonderful Teen Reads from Every Genre! 

Do you need a recommendation? The BPL staff has your back. From graphic novels to nonfiction, there is always a fantastic find in our YA and Middle School collections!


Graphic Novels

 

Middle School Pick

The Tea Dragon Society is a beloved and charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons. After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

 

YA Pick

Chang the Game is a graphic novel memoir from athlete and activist Colin Kaeperkick.

High school star athlete Colin Kaepernick is at a crossroads in life. Heavily scouted by colleges and MLB as a baseball pitcher, he has a bright future ahead of him as a highly touted prospect. Everyone from his parents to his teachers and coaches are in agreement on his future. Colin feels differently.


Fantasy / Science Fiction

 

Middle School Pick

A scheming demon sword and a wannabe knight band together on a (possibly wicked) quest in this fantasy, perfect for fans of Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett.

 

 

 

 

YA Pick

Fire From the Sky is a queer coming-of-age story about heritage, family ties and age-old commitments to the past.

Ánte’s life has been steeped in Sámi tradition. It is indisputable to him that he, an only child, will keep working with the reindeer. But there is something else too, something tugging at him. His feelings for his best friend Erik have changed, grown into something bigger. Ánte is so aware of Erik and his body in relation to his own; everything he does matters so much. What would people say if they knew? And how does Erik feel? And Erik’s voice just the push of a button away. Ánte couldn’t answer, could he? But how could he ignore it?


Non-Fiction

 

Middle School Pick

Six decades ago, on August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom―a moment often revered as the culmination of this Black-led protest. But at its core, the March on Washington was not a beautiful dream of future integration; it was a mass outcry for jobs and freedom NOW―not at some undetermined point in the future. It was a revolutionary march with its own controversies and problems, the themes of which still resonate to this day.

YA Pick

This critically reviewed and award-winning biographical poetry book will take you on a beautifully illustrated journey through time, while these poems capture the essence of each person’s life. Acclaimed Native American writer, Joseph Bruchac, introduces readers to famous indigenous leaders, from The Peacemaker in 1000 A.D. to modern day dancer Maria Tallchief and Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller. Accompanying each poem are captivating illustrations by modern-day tribally enrolled artists!