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Young Adult Books at the Younger End | #TopTenTuesday 302

These days a lot of focus seems to lie with young adult books that are 15 to 18. Which is fine. They are great books and there are a great many within the age category that can read those. But young adult is also 12-14 and sometimes jumping from Middle Grade to a YA book more geared towards 15-18 can be quite the leap. We don’t always give enough attention to books for the younger end of YA.

Which is why I am changing to topic for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday (as always hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) post to this. I know I did books I wish I could read again for the first time relatively recent and I don’t think that much will have changed in it.

Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud | Review

While there are ghosts running rampant it is the teens that are saving the day. It is even so in this world that older teens are already becoming useless because they can’t see the ghosts. There is a hint of romance in here but nothing really happens. Despite the whole paranormal thing it just screams so much innocence from these kids which makes it the perfect series to cross over from middle grade to young adult. That doesn’t mean they dont have to make the hard decisions.

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott | Review

In this book multiple historical figures are still alive and immortal as they help the chosen twins. The characters are at the younger end. There are various things that run through each other here that are a great prep for the older YA fantasies.

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams

While the main character is 17 years old, this does not read as if she is (which is why I did not finish it). But it does make it a great read for the younger end of YA as I think they would more easily connect with this kind of character.

The Wind Reader by Dorothy A. Winsor | Review

This book is a very fine and solid fantasy that feels more towards the younger end of young adult. A great book to move from middle grade to young adult. It still has that true adventure feel that middle grade can have but doesnโ€™t shy away from mentioning the harder topics of life as can be expected with young adult.

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett | Review

A Terry Pratchett book on this list? Why yes, actually, and it fits into Discworld as well. Some might not realize but he did write some kids books too. When I read it I initially would have squared The Amazing Maurice away under MG but it has been awarded some YA prizes. It makes it a great book for YA at the younger end.

The Snow-Walker by Catherine Fisher | Review

A trilogy I read in my early teens and that has still stuck with me. A bit older but then so are other books on this list. Older doesn’t nessecarly mean bad (though it does illustrate the point of us needing more attention going to books that are at the younger end of YA). They are quick, imaginitive reads.

Welcome to the Other London by Erynn Q. | Review

A fun story that will especially be liked by the younger ya readers who love anime.

Nora and the Sacred Stones by Laura Hatch Rupper | Review

Another book with characters only doing what is best, even if the action always isn’t. Our mc’s are at the younger end but have bit responsibilities. And then you find out you are special, that is quite something.

What books would you add to this list?

36 thoughts on “Young Adult Books at the Younger End | #TopTenTuesday 302

  1. What kind of stupid denomination is that to refer to readers between 12 and 15 years as young adults instead of teenagers. It just puts ideas into their heads. Or it’s just to mollify adults with a taste for teenage literature.

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    1. Haha I don’t think it is something that puts ideas in their heads but the category is certainly too large for a lot of kids. Not finding the books you want to read can make a lot of kids stop reading.

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  2. I haven’t read any of these but there are a few younger YA books that I read over the last year and enjoyed (though I can’t exactly recall them at the moment cos my memory is terrible lol)! I’m very curious about Lockwood & Co. but I’m kinda chicken so that’s been stopping me (I know this is for young readers but when I say I’m chicken, I mean it haha) ๐Ÿ˜‚ Great list, Annemieke!

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  3. I feel like there was a lot more available in younger YA when I was a teenager than there seems to be now. Stuff I liked when I was 12-14 included books like Skulduggery Pleasant, Artemis Fowl, Percy Jackson (which I know is classed as MG, but tbf works well as younger YA too). I was also massively into horse books like Heartland, Chestnut Hill, The Saddle Club.
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    1. Yeah there was a lot more when I was younger too. I proceed PJO by quite a few years though but back then we did still have the category of 12-15 and then 15+.


      1. Yeah I think we should definitely bring that back, I remember my library used to have a “Teen” and a “Young Adult” section, the teen being basically the younger YA and the Young Adult being for older teenagers.

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  4. Good point! YA covers a very wide range of ages. My daughter is 12 and wants to read YA books, which makes me nervous. She’s too young for a lot of the books that have strong language, sex, and tough topics. I’ll have to check out this list and see if there are good ones for her. Thanks for the list!

    Happy TTT!


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  5. Love the topic, it’s true that these younger YA books seem to get overlooked a bit, so it’s great that you’re giving them the spotlight this week. Welcome To The Other London looks like a fun read ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Great list! My youngest is 13 and has had trouble transitioning from MG to YA. So many of the YA books she is interested in have some kind of romance in them. She wants nothing to do with romance and would rather read more books about friendship and adventures. So together, the two of us may go through your list and see if there’s anything she would like to read.

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    1. Gosh yes I can totally understand that. At that age romance was not my deal either. A lot of these have maybe a hint of a romance (lockwood in later books) but never front and center. And some don’t at all.

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  7. I love that you chose to focus on the younger side of YA! I still need to read quite a few of these. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is super popular in my library, even with adults, and I’ve been meaning to pick it up. I obviously need to read Lockwood & Co. still, too, for sure!

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  8. I really think they should have another designation for 11-14 year old readers. Middle Grade could be 7-10, and YA 15+, it would make things much easier. I have read a lot of MG that I loved, but not for MG age readers. ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. I think when going into Babysitters Coven knowing what kind of book you are getting will make you more inclined to like it. I didn’t and it didn’t turn out to be for me but I had such different expectations.


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