Books for teens

There has been a slew of brilliant young adult fiction that has just been published or is about to be released. Put the screens aside and get your kids to bury their noses in some of these exciting page-turners.

14+ years

You Have A Match – Emma Lord (Published February 15th 2021) £13.26 
A feel-good coming-of-age story from the bestselling author of Tweet Cute. It’s all summer camp and crushes and a buried family secret that threatens to change everything. Gripping and full of relatable teen angst.

Concrete Rose – Angie Thomas, £5.59
The follow-on to the phenomenon that was Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give. Set seventeen years before the events of her previous novel, this is another hard-hitting story of contemporary Black experience in America. Powerful and important, this should be required reading for older teens with inquisitive minds.
The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna (Published February 4th 2021), £7.37
An epic fantasy set in West Africa that has been gathering rave advance reviews. Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in the ancient patriarchal kingdom of Otera and when she discovers she is an Alaki, a near-immortal, she realises she will have to fight to survive.

First Day of my Life – Lisa Willliamson, £10.65
A heartwarming, witty book about friendship and all its inherent complications. It’s GCSE results day – Frankie is about to be faced with a huge challenge and her ex-boyfriend Ram is the only one who can help – but they are both in for a BIG shock.

The Cousins – Karen M. McManus, £6.48
Rich, beautiful and close. Four cousins have it all until, well, they don’t. They must embark on a heart-thumping quest to discover the dark truth of their family. But some secrets are better left alone.

11-13 years

Shackleton’s Journey – William Grill, (Published February 3rd 2021) £11.19
A stunningly researched and illustrated visual re-telling of Shackleton’s landmark expedition. William Grill’s spectacular drawings, coupled with fantastic historic detail, will have children of all ages glued to the pages. In fact, this is a book for the whole family. It’s mesmerising.

The Last Bear – Hannah Gold (Published February 18th 2021) £10.65
Imagine making friends with a polar bear. This charming debut novel is an adventure story, a celebration of love between children and animals and an important battle cry for the future of our planet.
What We’re Scared of – Keren David, £6.55
Lottie and Evie are twins but they couldn’t be more different. Lottie’s a dreamer. Evie’s a fighter. However when their mother gets a high profile new job and starts being trolled online the girls must unite. A taut thrilling tale of sibling rivalry and friendship.

I Swapped My Brother On The Internet – Jo Simmons, £5.68
Which child hasn’t wanted to do this in the past few months? The hilarious adventures of Jonnie, who discovers and decides to replace annoying Ted, his older brother.

 Voyage of the Sparrowhawk – Natasha Farrant, £6.49

Published last year this recent winner of the Costa Children’s Book of the Year is surely a new classic. Set in the aftermath of WWI this is a good ol’ fashioned adventure that will have them on the edge of their seats.

If you can’t keep up with the demands of your little bookworms or need some literary inspiration for children, teens or yourself, Clemmie’s Lockdown Libraries are just the thing. She will choose five books perfectly suited to your reading taste and send them beautifully wrapped. Visit

Books for Teens
— Francesca
27th January 2021

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