The transition from children’s books to teenage fiction to adult novels can be hard to navigate. Here are four reading lists to give you a helping hand.
From Malorie Blackman to Alex Shearer to Suzanne Collins, there are some fantastic authors out there for young teenagers. If your child is a confident reader, they might also like to try some classic novels. Animal Farmand Of Mice and Men are great places to start, as they’re action-packed and not too long.
Fourteen and fifteen year-olds often find choosing books tricky without the help of reading lists. Having outgrown children’s literature, lots of Year 9 students still find adult novels daunting. Alexander McCall Smith’s No.1 Ladies’Detective Agencyseries is perfect for this age group, as are Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries. For something more challenging, try Kazuo Ishiguro’sNever Let Me Goor F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
As teenagers start their GCSEs, they are faced with tougher reading material on a daily basis. They are also mature enough to enjoy more difficult reading lists. Gothic tales like Wuthering Heightsand The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hydeare popular with this age group, as are modern thrillers like The Girl on the Train. For historically-minded students, Philippa Gregory and Lindsay Davis have written a huge number books for readers to get their teeth into.
By Year 11 most teenagers are sampling adult fiction. For students hoping to pursue English Literature at A Level, the likes of Emma and Oliver Twistare well worth reading. Meanwhile, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dallowayoffers a brilliant introduction to Modernism and Ian Rankin’s Knots and Crosses is crime writing at its finest.