9 years + : Young Adult

Find the best young adult books in The Book People's hand-picked selection. All available at unbelievable prices, our young adult fiction will entertain teenage readers of all tastes and interests. We also have a great range of young adult non-fiction, which is perfect for bridging the gap between younger books to adult books.

  • YAWS 9 years +

    You Are Awesome (Paperback)

    Matthew Syed

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    Praised by Dermot O'Leary, two-time Olympian Matthew Syed's Children's Illustrated and Non-Fiction British Book Award-winning You Are Awesome is a motivational book that encourages children to challenge the beliefs that hold them back.

    Full of tips and advice that will inspire a more positive mindset, it's encouraging and empowering reading for any introverted children. Matthew explains how having a negative attitude and thinking you can't do things more often than not leads to not being able to carry out tasks.

    However, if your children can build their resilience and change their mindset, things could be very different. He looks at how everyone from Mozart to Serena Williams got to the top of their respective fields through hard work and dedication and how kids can use these figures as inspiration on their way to becoming happy, successful adults.

    Winner of the British Book Award Children's Illustrated & Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2019
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  • COSH 9 years +

    The Complete William Shakespeare (Hardback)

    Anna Milbourne

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    The stories of William Shakespeare's plays are featured in this keepsake compendium. Each story includes short details about the main characters and a list of quotations.

    This is a book that will introduce children to the work of the Bard and will be referred to again and again by all ages.
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  • MCQ2 9 years +

    Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead (Book 3) (Paperback)

    Rick Riordan

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    The third and final book in Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan's Magnus Chase series won the Goodreads Choice Award in 2017 and is an exhilarating and dramatic page-turner that finds Magnus and Loki's war coming to an end.

    Loki is free from his chains and is readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, to sail against the Norse gods as he prepares for the final battle of Ragnarok.

    Magnus and his friends must stop Loki's plans. To do so, they're going to have to fight angry sea gods, ferocious giants and dangerous dragons. Oh, and Magnus has his own demons to battle as well...
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  • AMXPF 9 years +

    The Diary of Anne Frank (Paperback)

    Anne Frank

    Sensitively edited and with a connecting commentary by editor, Mirjam Pressler, the abridged edition of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank gives younger readers their first introduction to the extraordinary diary of an ordinary girl who has long become a household name. This abridged edition has a short prologue written by the editor, Mirjam Pressler, as well as a connecting commentary. There are beautiful line drawings, family photographs, and an Afterword to explain why the Diary ends so abruptly. This shorter edition is ideal for younger children who want to read Anne's diary for themselves but are too young to appreciate the teenage issues that Anne faces during her time in hiding.
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  • AMXWK 9 years +

    Point Blanc (Paperback)

    Anthony Horowitz

    In the second book in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, teenage spy Alex is sent by MI6 to infiltrate the exclusive Point Blanc Academy. But the academy hides a deadly secret. Can Alex alert the world to the truth before it's too late?
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  • BOMPK 9 years +

    Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different (Hardback)

    Ben Brooks

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    'This book can save lives. This book can change lives. This book can help to bring forth another generation of boys who dare to be different.' Benjamin Zephaniah Prince charming, dragon slayer, mischievous prankster... More often than not, these are the role-models boys encounter in the books they read at home and at school. As a boy, there is an assumption that you will conform to a stereotypical idea of masculinity. But what if you're the introvert kind? What if you prefer to pick up a book rather than a sword? What if you want to cry when you're feeling sad or angry? What if you like the idea of wearing a dress? There is an ongoing crisis with regards to young men and mental health, with unhelpful gender stereotypes contributing to this malaise. Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different offers a welcome alternative narrative. It is an extraordinary compilation of 100 stories of famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and innovator in his own way, and all going on to achieve amazing things. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dali, Rimbaud, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Stormzy, Ai Weiwei and Jesse Owens - different sorts of heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world. A beautiful and transporting book packed with stories of adventure and wonderment, it will appeal to those who need the courage to reject peer pressure and go against the grain. It is the must-have book for all those boys who worry about stuff and all those parents who worry about their boys who worry about stuff. It will educate and entertain, while also encourage and inspire.
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  • AGOFY 10 years +

    Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed (Paperback)

    Nicola Morgan

    This title is a comprehensive guide to the biological mysteries that lie behind teenage behaviour. Contrary to popular (parental) opinion, teenagers are not the lazy, unpleasant - frankly, spotty - louts they occasionally appear to be. During the teenage years the brain is undergoing its most radical and fundamental change since the age of two. Nicola Morgan's carefully researched, accessible and humorous examination of the ups and downs of the teenage brain has chapters dealing with powerful emotions, the need for more sleep, the urge to take risks, the difference between genders and the reasons behind addiction or depression. The revised edition of this classic book contains important new research, including information about the discovery of mirror neurons and their effect on the teenage brain. It is shortlisted for the 2006 Royal Society's Aventis Prize for Science Books.
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  • AMXKP 9 years +

    Eagle Strike (Paperback)

    Anthony Horowitz

    In the fourth book in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, teenage spy Alex is in the South of France, hoping to sever his links with MI6. But when a sudden attack on his hosts plunges Alex back into a world of violence, he soon uncovers a plan called Eagle strike - a discovery more terrible than anything he could have imagined.
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  • AKAVH 9 years +

    Destination Earth (Paperback)

    Ali Sparkes

    Like Doctor Who? You'll LOVE the new action-packed adventure by Ali Sparkes - winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award! Imagine you are the only survivor from another planet. You've spent ten years on a spaceship learning how to be human, and now the end of your journey is in sight ...All you have to do is land safely, convince the earthlings that you're a real teenager, and start your new life on Earth. No problem. Except that the killer alien responsible for wiping out your people has hitched a lift. And it's just a matter of time before it starts on the human race ...
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  • AMYDW 9 years +

    The Alchemyst (Paperback)

    Michael Scott

    Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 1330. Nearly seven hundred years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty and Nicholas Flamel lives. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects - the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.
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  • AEJFM 9 years +

    Mud Sweat and Tears Junior Edition (Paperback)

    Bear Grylls

    What would it be like to jump from an aeroplane or to climb the highest mountain in the world, to survive in extreme conditions or train for the SAS? Bear Grylls knows the answers. Read the amazing true life story of Bear, the world's most intrepid young explorer. From his childhood on the Isle of Wight, learning to sail and climb with his father, to teenage mountaineering and martial arts training, he has always sought the ultimate in adventure. After surviving the gruelling selection course for the SAS Reserves as a young man, he suffered a horrific parachuting accident and broke his back in three places. Would he ever walk again? Only eighteen months later, defying doctors expectations, Bear became one of the youngest ever climbs to scale Everest, aged only twenty-three. And this was just the beginning of his many adventures..."Men don't come much tougher than daredevil climber and adventurer, Bear Grylls". ("The Sun").
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  • AMYDY 9 years +

    The Sorceress (Paperback)

    Michael Scott

    Dr John Dee has destroyed Paris in his mission to find Nicholas Flamel and Sophie and Josh Newman. The two missing pages of the book of Abraham the Mage are still with them and the Dark Elders need them for the Final Summoning. They will not rest until they are in power and the human race has been destroyed. Nicholas Flamel knows he must protect Josh and Sophie and the pages from the Dark Elders. For this he must rely on Clarent - the sister sword to Excalibur - and the sword's evil power makes it nearly impossible to use without darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it. What will be the price to pay for the twins to remain protected and the Dark Elders to be defeated?
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  • AMYDX 9 years +

    The Magician (Paperback)

    Michael Scott

    Ashes to ashes ...California: The book of Abraham the Mage holds the secret of eternal life - a secret more dangerous than any one man should possess. Dr. John Dee is two pages away from the knowledge that would bring the Dark Elders into ultimate power - and could mean the destruction of the world as we know it. Two people stand in his way: Josh and Sophie Newman. Paris: Time is running out for Nicholas Flamel and his wife Perenelle. Every day they spend without the book, they age one year: their magic becomes weaker and their bodies more frail. Niccolo Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, works for Dee and is in hot pursuit of them - Flamel knows there's no time to lose and Sophie must learn about Fire Magic...Josh and Sophie are the world's only hope. If they don't turn on each other first.
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  • AMNWL 9 years +

    Lockwood & Co: the Whispering Skull (Paperback)

    Jonathan Stroud

    "Stroud is a genius". (Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series). Ghosts and ghouls beware! London's smallest, shabbiest and most talented psychic detection agency is back. Life is never exactly peaceful for Lockwood & Co. Lucy and George are trying to solve the mystery of the talking skull trapped in their ghost jar, while Lockwood is desperate for an exciting new case. Things seem to be looking up when the team is called to Kensal Green Cemetery to investigate the grave of a sinister Victorian doctor. Strange apparitions have been seen there, and the site must be made safe. As usual, Lockwood is confident; as usual, everything goes wrong - a terrible phantom is unleashed, and a dangerous object is stolen from the coffin. Lockwood & Co must recover the relic before its power is unleashed, but it's a race against time. Their obnoxious rivals from the Fittes agency are also on the hunt. And if that's not bad enough, the skull in the ghost-jar is stirring again...The author of the blockbuster Bartimaeus sequence delivers another humorous and chilling instalment in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & CO. series.
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  • AJVYL 9 years +

    The History Keepers: Nightship to China (Paperback)

    Damian Dibben

    When shocking news reaches the History Keepers' headquarters, Jake Djones is sent head-first into a new adventure. The time-travelling agents voyage from Shakespeare's England to Imperial China in pursuit of their most villainous foe yet, Xi Xiang, whose aim is to destroy trade links between east and west and throw the world into war. Jake, Nathan and Topaz must join forces with international agents in a race against the clock to stop him. And at the heart of the battle lies the key to a long-lost family member - will Jake find his brother after all this time? The past is in danger - only Jake Djones can save it!
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  • AIZSK 9 years +

    Doll Bones (Paperback)

    Holly Black

    My name is Eleanor Kerchner. You can call me the Queen. I died in 1895. Now it's time to play. It is a chilling ghost story by the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black. Recipient of a Newbery Honor Award. It is an ALA Notable Book. It is a Kirkus Reviews Best Book. It is a School Library Journal Best Book. It is a Booklist Editor's Choice Books for Youth. It is a publishers Weekly Best Children's Book. It is a 2013 Goodreads Choice award nominee. It is a People Magazine 'Best New Kids Book'.
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  • AIODN 9 years +

    Unleashed: The Burning Beach (Paperback)

    Ali Sparkes

    The final book in the mind-blowing Unleashed series. When Mia washes up on a remote beach, barely alive and suffering from amnesia, there's only one thing she knows for certain ...everyone she loves is dead. Sheltered by a tiny Irish community, her healing warmth brings joy and relief to strangers ...but her returning memory tells a different story; of terrible things she's done. All she wants is to disappear for ever, but the truth is catching up with her, a shadowy presence is messing with her mind, enemies are closing in. She can't stay hidden for long ...
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  • AGUCU 9 years +

    Trouble (Paperback)

    Bali Rai

    Featuring two hilarious stories from the Devana High gang, Trouble by Bali Rai is a great read for any fan of young adult fiction.

    Grace and her friends hate late lunches and being last in the canteen queue. They always get stuck with the rank leftovers. But then they think of a wicked plan...

    Dean is always up for making some extra cash. When he gets his hands on a sweet stash of mobile phones and DVDs, he knows he's going to make millions. Unless school bully Jason makes trouble instead...
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  • ABTWM 9 years +

    Hunted (Paperback)

    Chris Ryan

    Alpha Force - an -elite five-member squad of young people with special skills and training - head to Namibia to compete in an extreme sports contest. When they discover a horrifying threat to the local wildlife, they snap into action, only to find themselves facing a desperate flight across the African plains, pursued by a group who are prepared to shoot to kill. The team freefall into danger-
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  • ABTWD 9 years +

    Hostage (Paperback)

    Chris Ryan

    Alex, Li, Paulo, Hex, Amber. Five kids, who are a highly-skilled squad to help in the international fight against evil. Flying to Alaska to investigate reports of illegal dumping of toxic waste, they must dive into an icy river, cross the harsh landscape on snowmobiles and mobilise their caving skills to complete their mission. But most of all, they need courage and determination when they come face-to-face with a man who is ready to kill to stop them. The team face their toughest challenge yet.
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  • ABJJO 9 years +

    Escape from Shadow Island - Max Cassidy 1 (Paperback)

    Paul Adam

    'My mum killed my dad, then dragged his body all the way along the beach ...I don't believe a word of it.' Max Cassidy is a teenage escapologist, so good he's nicknamed the Half-pint Houdini. His father disappeared two years ago and his body has never been found. His mother is now serving a life sentence for her husband's murder. Max's mission to learn the truth about his family takes him on an thrilling journey, from London to the horrors of the terrifying Shadow Island in central America. Escapology is dangerous but not nearly as dangerous as real life ...This is a first book in Paul Adam's fast and furious Max Cassidy thriller series.
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  • ABAYB 9 years +

    Run Rabbit Run (Paperback)

    Barbara Mitchelhill

    When Lizzie's dad refuses to fight in the Second World War, the police come looking to arrest him. Desperate to stay together, Lizzie and her brother Freddie go on the run with him, hiding from the police in idyllic Whiteway. But when their past catches up with them, they're forced to leave and it becomes more and more difficult to stay together as a family. Will they be able to? And will they ever find a place, like Whiteway, where they will be safe again?
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For a whole host of reasons, it's easy for reading (and the enjoyment of reading) to take a backseat during the complex teenage years. But, with this range of young adult books, we're sure that the teenager in your life will more likely be seen with a book in tow than without.

Aid the development of reading tastes

Being a teenager is about defining yourself – and alongside likes and dislikes, literature can play a bit part in making an individual. Whether you or the teenager you're buying for prefers fantasy, the supernatural, romance, realist or dystopian books, our collection is varied enough to appeal to all developing interests.

Give the gift of screen-free knowledge

The teenage years are as much about learning and studying as they are about finding your interests. Our range of non-fiction titles can help expand the mind in ever fascinating ways - from journals and autobiographies to exam companions, there's plenty to explore, and they're 100% screen-free!

Pick your titles

Take a look at our great range of fiction and non-fiction teen books above, pick a title, and you might be surprised by how well it's received by the teen in your household.

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