I'm a Teen: Page-Turners

The juicy reads that some teens adore.

  • Code Named Verity

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of teenage historical fiction. Readers interested in the thrilling story of two teenage girls, a pilot and a spy, in the midst of WWII. Anyone looking for a series to get into.


  • The Naturals (The Naturals #1)

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: A reader looking for a story about a teenager (Cassie), with a talent for reading people, whom the FBI recruits for a secret program. Lovers of page-turning crime thrillers with a touch of the paranormal. Fans of CSI.


  • Love Letters to the Dead

    Book Dumpling Recommends for: Readers interested in the story of a teenaged girl writing letters to famous dead people by way of explaining her own, difficult past. Anyone who enjoys a coming-of-age narrative about a disturbing dynamic between two sisters. Those interested in realistic, depressing novels about forgiveness and grief.


  • Dark Visions (Dark Visions #1-3)

    A fun series about Kaitlyn Fairchild, a psychic who meets others like her at the Zates Institute. Everything goes smoothly until raging hormones get in the way. Perfect for: Lovers of paranormal romance. Readers interested in telepathy and psychic powers. Fans of ‘outsider’ characters.


  • Splintered

    Since she was little, Alyssa has heard the whispers of bugs and flowers in her head. To add to her discomfort, she hears the chatter of Alice Lydell, both her ancestor and the inspiration behind Lewis Carroll’s famous novel about Wonderland, speaking to her. Desperate to avoid her mother’s fate...


  • The Program

    In a reality where depression has become a worldwide epidemic infecting millions of teens, the only hope of survival is The Program. Or that’s what everyone’s been told. 17-year-old Sloane knows better. She and James have promised each other to stay strong in hopes that their love will be enough...


  • Saving Francesca

    Francesca goes to St. Sebastien’s school with her best friends and with Will, her secret crush. Her uber-controlling mother has always had a tight clasp on Francesca’s life but, when her Mom becomes chronically depressed, she realizes that there was much she took for granted. Without anyone to guide her,...


  • Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow #1)

    Ellie and her friends have just been camping in the Australian outback when they return to find their families gone and their country invaded. Enough said: addictive stuff.Perfect for: Readers looking for the next, awesome, YA dystopian series.Lovers of Aussie teens. They’re pretty badass.YA sci-fi lovers of all ages.


  • Night School

    Allie Sheridan is teenager with problems: when she is sent away to a strict boarding school after having been arrested, she is sure that this school will be no different than any of the others that she has been kicked out of. But Allie soon finds that not everything at...


  • The Scorpio Races

    Every November, riders catch and tame wild water horses to ride in the Scorpio races: Sean Kendrick is the fearless and talented returning champion, while Puck Connolly, who never wanted to ride, needs the prize money to keep her family together. Told through the alternating perspectives of both Sean and...


  • Arrows of the Queen

    Talia’s life has always been controlled: due to her family’s strict rules, her only future is to marry. But Talia dreams of other things; of magic, and heroes, and enchanted white horses that will carry her away to her destiny. When she meets one of these horses, which she had...


  • Eye of the Crow

    How did Sherlock Holmes become the king of great detectives? Peacock explores the 13-year-old Holmes’ first case – a murder, no less. Through the young detective’s eyes, we travel through a London filled with few friends and many enemies, where we meet his family, his methods of deduction, and his evolving...


  • Department 19

    Jamie Carpenter always believed that his father was a traitor, a rogue agent who was shot and killed when he tried to sell state secrets to terrorists. But when mysterious creatures kidnap his mother, Jamie is forced into a world that very few people know exist. Fighting alongside humans and...


  • The Beginning of Everything

    Ezra Faulkner was the most popular guy in school – until a tragic accident turned his life upside down. When Ezra finds himself running with a new crowd, he meets Cassidy Thorpe, a mysterious new girl who captures his attention. As Ezra navigates his new friends, classes and love, he...


  • Nothing

    Parker Rabinowitz is a star: he is a ‘shoo-in’ for those coveted spots at “HYP” (Harvard, Yale, Princeton), and people adore him. As Parker invests all of his energy towards reaching his goals, he develops a serious disorder: bulimia. As he starts to wither away, he must find a way...


  • Matched (Matched #1)

    Cassia is your typical girl-next-door who lives a good life in The Society. On her 17th birthday, Cassia is matched to her ideal mate but, before someone has a chance to change it, another person’s face flickers on the screen. Cassia goes on the ultimate quest: what is the Society...


  • The Recruit (Cherub #1)

    Recently orphaned, a brilliant mathematician and thought to have great potential, James is the newest recruit for the secret (teenaged) agents known as CHERUB. After 100 days of intense training he is ready to go on his first mission. Perfect for: • Teens who love spy-fi. • Those who appreciate...


  • Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles #1)

    Alice lives a sheltered existence under her father’s strict rule until tragedy strikes her family. As she struggles to deal with the loss, she meets the smoldering Cole, a bad boy to whom she is immediately drawn. Oh – and let’s not forget the zombies. Perfect for: • Teens (14...


  • Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1)

    R is a zombie. But he’s not like other zombies. He listens to music. He dreams. He is introspective. And he falls in love with a human girl, Julie. Here’s their story.Perfect for: • Fans of stories that challenge our preconceptions about love. • Older teens. • Readers who don’t...


  • Slammed (Slammed #1)

    After Layken’s father passes away, she moves from Texas to Michigan with her mother and younger brother, Kel. Enter Will: the handsome and intriguing boy-next-door. Shortly after Will and Layken begin a tumultuous relationship, they are separated by circumstances beyond their control. Enter: slam poetry, Will’s favorite pastime, and a...


  • Taken (Taken #1)

    Gray Weathersby has lived in Claysoot for all of his life. At midnight of his eighteenth birthday, Gray (like others before him) will disappear in ‘the Heist’ – a local town ritual that robs the town of its men. After he discovers a strange letter written by his mother, Gray...


  • Divergent

    In this dystopian hit, society is divided into five factions, each embodying a particular human virtue. Sixteen-year-old, Beatrice Prior, is torn between the difficult choices of remaining loyal to her parents’ faction or cutting ties with her family forever. Perfect for:   • Teens (14 and up) who enjoy an...


  • If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince?

    In this modern-day Cinderella story, Lucy hates just about everything in her life. But will the star player on the varsity basketball team be just what she has been looking for? Kantor writes a cute, heart-warming story about unexpected happy endings. Perfect for: • Teens looking for a romantic fairy-tale....


  • A Midsummer’s Nightmare

    In this updated version of a Shakespearean classic, Whitley is in trouble. Deep trouble. Waking up in bed with a guy after her graduation night turns more complicated as she learns that he is the son of her father’s new fiancée. Plot twists, juicy story lines and a main character...


  • If I Stay (If I Stay #1)

    Mia has a lot to live for but, in the blink of an eye, her world is turned upside down. An out-of-body experience allows her to watch memories flash before her. Does she choose to live a life that she had never imagined or will she slip away and die?...


  • The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy #1)

    Raised from birth to become an assassin, the ninth orphan decides to break free from the government agency that’s ‘raised’ him. Needless to say, severe consequences follow.Perfect for:• Lovers of fast-paced, international thrillers. • Those who usually dislike dystopian books. • Readers of addictive series.


  • Quarantine: The Loners (Quarantine #1)

    A massive explosion detonates McKinley High and all of the students have been infected with a virus that is fatal to adults: in this fast-paced book, David Thorpe must navigate a school without teachers, where violent gangs abound, and where his world is about to get a whole lot worse....


  • The 5th Wave

    Alien invasion? Check. Cool female heroine a la Katniss Everdeen? Check. Staying up until all hours to finish it? Check. Pick it up – you’ll love it if you were into The Hunger Games. This is YA dystopian literature at its best. A shout-out to Andrea & Emily for the...


  • 10 Things We Did and Probably Shouldn’t Have

    When April tells a little, white lie to get her father’s permission to move in with her best friend, Vi – she leaves out one tiny detail: there are no parents around. Great for: • Female teens (14 and up) • A light, fun read • A book about wanting...


  • The Maze Runner

    If you liked The Hunger Games trilogy, take a peek at this dystopian trilogy that follows Thomas and his fellow ‘Gladers’ as they try to escape from the maze that keeps them from freedom. Great for: • Reluctant readers (13 and up) • Readers of dystopian YA fiction • Those...