5 new novels for your tween or teen

Five teen fiction books to get your tween or teen interested in reading.

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Looking for a great book for your tween or teen? Here are five they might like to try.

From bookworms to less avid readers, we’ve found five new novels that we hope keep your tween or teen page turning.


Recent research carried out by Scholastic and YouGov, found that just over one third of kids aged six to 17 were frequent readers. Yet 75% of parents to children in this age group said they found reading clashed with their children’s interest in screen time. It can be hard to put down the device for a good page turner, but the choice can be made easier with a really good story. Here’s a diverse selection to try out on your child to pique their interest.


The Elephant Thief by Jane Kerr


The Elephant Thief

This new novel is based on a true story about street urchin and pickpocket Danny who is on a mission to find a lost fortune. But when he accidentally buys an elephant named Maharajah at an auction, his mission gets trickier: they’ll have to walk 200 miles in 7 days. Will they make it and develop an unlikely friendship along the way?

Recommended age group: 10 and up.

When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple met RishiThis newbie young adult rom-com explores the relationship between two Indian-American teenagers whose parents try to match-make during the summer program they both attend for aspiring web developers. Dimple isn’t having any part of it, and is trying to escape her traditional parents and get to university. While Rishi, on the other hand, is traditional and a hopeless romantic. Find out if these opposites attract.

Recommended age group: 12 and up.

Radio Boy by Chris O’Connell

radioboyThis debut laugh-out-loud book from a real-life radio star was released this year. It centres around Spike, aka Radio Boy. He’s an ordinary 11-year-old boy – cheeky, funny, awkward – who runs an extraordinary secret radio show from a makeshift studio in a garden shed.

Recommended age group: 8-12.

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Words In Deep BlueThis novel from the award-winning author of Graffiti Moon, was on the 2017 CBCA Notables List. It will speak to teenagers who believe in the power of words. This is a love story about grief and growing up, told through both Henry and Rachel who were once best friends. It’s set mostly in a second-hand bookstore with a letter library – a special shelf where people can leave notes to strangers and friends.

Recommended age group: 14 and up.

How to Bee by Bren MacDibble

How To BeeThis novel, released this year, will appeal to your environmentally-aware tween. It’s about a world surviving after bees become extinct leaving pollination up to the children.

Recommended age group: 8-12.


When it comes to keeping kids’ noses in novels as they get older, enjoyment is a big factor. Exposing them to a wide range of books, helps them find what they’re into.