Recommended books:13 - 15 year olds

I have chosen some of the all time greats but you will find many more on Amazon. Please follow any of the book links below.

  Ages Title Description

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
by J.K. Rowling

It's probably best NOT to read this to your child. Wait till he or she can read it alone and after this one there are several more, just as good, in the series… In all probability your child will have read a couple of thousand pages in a very short space of time.



Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K.Rowling

The latest Potter book in the series and now all those who have read these, can't wait for the next in the series.


13 - 17

I am David by Anne Holm

The story of a boy's journey after escaping from a concentration camp in Germany? or perhaps the USSR? This book is a not-to-be-forgotten one. It's completely different from other novels and puts lots of aspects of world news into new perspectives.



The Silver Sword
by Ian Serraillier

This is about the Second World War. It's a wonderful book which lives in the memory.


13 - 99

The Hobbit
by Tolkien

Those who enjoy Tolkien are hooked for life… Then there are all the Lord of the Rings books afterwards…


14 - 15

The Tricksters
by Margaret Mahy

A novel dealing with the supernatural. Mahy's books have a large following all over the world.


14 - 99

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

I have noticed that some cunning parents have bought the latest BBC video first and found that their daughters have then got hooked on reading Austen! She has often been compared to Shakespeare in her masterly use of the English language - need I say more?


13 - 15

Journey to Jo'burg
by Beverly Naidoo

Apartheid is over now but this is a story really worth reading by a highly acclaimed South African writer. All the teenagers who have read it in my classes have thoroughly recommended it. It's quite short so it might be an idea to order the book below too!

14 - 19

No Turning Back (Puffin Teenage Books)
by Beverley Naidoo

Escaping from his violent stepfather, Sipho heads for Johannesburg, where he has heard that gangs of children live on the streets. But Sipho has to learn who to trust in the "new" South Africa. This is another highly recommended book by my own Norwegian pupils in Upper Secondary School, foundation class. (videregående grunnkurs)