YM Recommended Books

Books I would encourage my teenage son to read. Not every book is perfectly squeaky clean, but they all pass the test.

Early Teen

My Side of the Mountain Trilogy by Jean Craighead George

My Side of the Mountain

On the Far Side of the Mountain

Frightful's Mountain

Silverwing Trilogy by Kenneth Oppel




Young Samurai Series by Chris Bradford

The Way of the Warrior

The Way of the Sword

The Way of the Dragon

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

A Stranger to Command by Sherwood Smith

The 13th Reality Series by James Dashner

The 13th Reality, Volume 1: The Journal of Curious Letters

The 13th Reality, Volume 2: The Hunt for Dark Infinity

The 13th Reality, Volume 3: The Blade of Shattered Hope

The 13th Reality, Volume 4: The Void of Mist and Thunder

Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident

The Eternity Code

Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony

The Time Paradox

Artemis Fowl The Atlantis Complex

Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian

The Pendragon Series by DJ MacHale

The Merchant of Death  

The Lost City of Faar       

The Never War  

The Reality Bug 

Black Water       

The Rivers of Zadaa        

The Quillan Games          

The Pilgrims of Rayne     

Raven Rise         

The Soldiers of Halla

Redwall Series by Brian Jacques

Tennis Shoes Series by Chris Heimerdinger

Later Teen

Pathfinder Series by Orsen Scott Card




Enders Saga by Orsen Scott Card

Ender's Game    

Speaker for the Dead      


Children of the Mind       

Ender's Shadow

Shadow of the Hegemon              

Shadow Puppets              

Shadow of the Giant       

A War of Gifts: An Ender Story    

Ender in Exile     

Shadows in Flight             

Earth Unaware  

Earth Afire          

Shadows Alive   

Earth Awakens

The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

The Maze Runner

The Scorch Trials

The Death Cure

The Kill Order (Prequel)

Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four

The Power of Six

The Rise of Nine

The Fall of Five

The Revenge of Seven

The Fate of Ten

Gone Series by Michael Grant







The Inheritance Cycle Series by Christopher Paolini

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle Book 1)

Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle Book 2)

Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle Book 3)

Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle Book 4)

Inda Series by Sherwood Smith


The Fox

King’s Shield

Treason’s Shore

Scot Harvath Series by Brad Thor

The Lions of Lucerne      

Path of the Assassin        

State of the Union           



The First Commandment

The Last Patriot

The Apostle        

Foreign Influence            

The Athena Project         

Full Black            

Black List            

Free Fall              

Hidden Order     

Acts of War

Code of Conduct

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel

Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Excellent Classics

 The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Fahrenheit 451: A Novel Ray Bradbury

The Giver by Lois Lowry

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle