Summer Reading List for Tweens and Teens

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We know that fostering a love for reading is so important while our kids are young. But let’s be honest, there’s a lot of junk out there with a shiny “for kids” label on it, and it can be overwhelming to wade through reviews to see whether a popular title is actually appropriate. For this list, we specifically selected titles that are popular and family-friendly. Check out these exciting, positive fiction stories that are sure to grab your child’s attention and make for excellent summer reading.

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The Circle series by Ted Dekker. The Circle is an epic story of evil and rescue, betrayal and love, and a terrorist threat, unlike anything the human race has ever known. Each of the four individual novels, Black, Red, White, and Green have been best sellers on their own. And now they are combined into one epic tale that’s a fan favorite for millions.

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. This dystopian future tale captured the world’s attention with its blockbuster movies. An excellent series to lose yourself in, this is a great read for adults, too!

Dragons In Our Midst series by Bryan Davis. With quite a collection of contemporary/fantasy books for young adults and adults, Bryan Davis tells the epic tale of kids with a rare heritage, and the slayer who seeks to destroy them!


Oracles Of Fire by Bryan Davis. Fans of Dragons In Our Midst will absolutely love this dive back in time, from the era just before Noah’s Ark, to the time of King Arthur, when battles raged between dragons and men.

Tales of Goldstone Wood series by Anne Elizabeth Stengl. Young suitors, jilted hearts, whispers of war, and a coming evil that threatens to sweep the land await readers in this fantasy tale that has enthralled millions of fans worldwide.

The Songkeeper Chronicles by Gillian Bronte Adams. This epic tale of an orphan turned hero takes readers on a fantastic journey through the land of Leira, where an ancient melody finds a new Songkeeper in each generation. Now it’s Birdie’s turn.


Chronicles Of Narnia by CS Lewis. No list would be complete without this incredible series that has captured the hearts of readers for more than 60 years! Set in the fictional realm of Narnia, a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals, the series narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world.

Twisted Tales series by various authors. These Disney stories take your favorite, well-known princess stories and explore the “What Ifs”, like what if Mulan traveled to the underworld. Or what if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper…

The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson. Melanie Dickerson has several beautiful novels of brave heroines and this is a great place to start! A young woman is determined to save her people against all odds in this fantasy tale of plagues, beasts, and missing children.


Sierra Jensen Collection by Robin Jones Gunn. You’ll enjoy the bold, free-spirited Sierra Jensen as she takes on her junior year of high-school and does her best to seek God’s will for her life!

Wars Of The Realm series by Chuck Black. An accident leaves Drew blind, but when his sight miraculously returns, he discovers he has a new ability: he can observe fierce invaders that no one else can see. Is he insane? Or do these dark invaders actually exist? Drew searches for the light in this fantasy tale of faith.

Stranded series by Jeff Probst. Shipwrecked and stranded on a rocky jungle isle with no adults, four distant siblings must learn to depend on each other to survive.


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