Top 10 Best Animal Books for Teens

From awesome animal adventures to poignant pet tales, teen animal-lovers will adore these brilliant books. Look no further for the best animal books for teens.

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1. Animal Farm

George Orwell

When Mr Jones of Manor Farm forgets to feed his animals one day, they decide to revolt under the leadership of two pigs. The animals take over the farm, vowing to eliminate all of the unacceptable inequalities of the farmyard. The renamed 'Animal Farm' is reorganised to benefit all - but as time passes, ideals are corrupted and something new, unexpected and sinister emerges. This book is a brilliant satirical reflection of the Russian Revolution 1917 and the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union.

2. Northern Lights

Philip Pullman

This magical tale follows Lyra and her 'daemon' - the animal embodiment of her inner self - who live half-wild and carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. Lyra's destiny will take her to frozen lands, magical witch-clans and savage ice-bears. Join her on her extraordinary quest, which will have unimaginable consequences far beyond her own world...

3. Life of Pi

Yann Martel

This is the story of one boy, one boat, and one tiger, in the middle of the wild, azure Pacific. The only survivors of a shipwreck are 16-year-old Pi, a hyena, a zebra with a broken leg, a female orang-utan, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. This sets the scene for an extraordinary adventure in this much-loved work of fiction.

4. A Dog's Purpose

W. Bruce Cameron

The delightful, emotional and hilarious book features a dog's quest to find meaning in his existence across several fun-filled lives whilst observing the human world. Perfect for dog-lovers, this book is heart-warming, funny and poignant in equal measure.

5. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aiken

Long ago, in a time that never happened, England was teeming with wolves. However, Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia quickly realise that danger often lies closer to home. Their new governess, Miss Slighcarp, is horrible. She shuts Bonnie in a cupboard, fires the faithful servants, and sends the cousins far away, to a place they'll never be found. Can they outsmart the spiteful Miss Slighcarp and her network of dodgy dealers? This gripping adventure will captivate animal-lovers.

6. Black Beauty

Anna Sewell

Black Beauty is a handsome, sweet-natured animal with a strong and courageous spirit. He lives an idyllic life in fresh green pastures with his mother, Duchess, and their kindly master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a tranquil life of comfort to one of hard labour and cruelty. Can he survive in the hands of men who treat animals so heartlessly? Horse fans will love this treasured classic.

7. Planet Earth II: A New World Revealed

Stephen Moss

Planet Earth II captivated us on TV with phenomenal footage of incredible animals and stunning landscapes. In this beautiful book, you can continue to marvel at jaw-dropping photography and fascinating facts, with over 250 breathtaking images and lots of information on different creatures and environments, from arid deserts to lush jungles.

8. Wilderness

Roddy Doyle

This riveting adventure story will grip animal-lovers who enjoy a good adventure, too. The book follows Tom and Jonny, who embark on a husky safari in Finland. Meanwhile, their half-sister Grainne stays behind to face the mother who abandoned her. But Tom and Johnny are too distracted by their adventure to think of home - until they find themselves lost in the snow, and desperately struggling just to survive...

9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

J. K. Rowling

Set 70 years before Harry Potter arrived at Hogwarts, this spellbinding screenplay follows the Magizoologist Newt Scamander as he arrives in New York, intending to stay only briefly. But things soon take a surprising turn when his magical case, a portal to a haven of mysterious and wonderful creatures, is misplaced, and some of the beasts escape. A huge adventure begins, infused with danger, magic and mystery... Perfect for animal- and magic-lovers alike, this riveting story features a host of enchanting fantastical creatures.

10. Friend for Life

Kate Humble

Dog-lovers will adore this moving and uplifting book. Kate Humble examines the heart-warming relationship between humans and their dog companions. She uses her journey with sheepdog puppy Teg as the basis for her examination of the bond, analysing how it came to be that man became so close to our perfect pooch pals. Along the way, she reveals touching true tales about rescue dogs, guide dogs, service dogs and medical dogs.

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    This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog's Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders - will he ever find his purpose? Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.
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    Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Wellington leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges. Telling the story of a revolution that went wrong, Animal Farm is George Orwell's brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power.

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    Can you go a little faster? Can you run? Long ago, at a time in history that never happened, England was overrun with wolves. But as Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia discover, real danger often lies closer to home. Their new governess, Miss Slighcarp, doesn't seem at all nice. She shuts Bonnie in a cupboard, fires the faithful servants and sends the cousins far away from Willoughby Chase to a place they will never be found. Can Bonnie and Sylvia outwit the wicked Miss Slighcarp and her network of criminals, forgers and snitches?
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    Fans of Watership Down and Charlotte's Web will love this classic tale of a spirited horse, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

    A handsome, sweet-tempered animal with a strong spirit, Black Beauty lives a life of luxury in the fresh green meadows with his beloved mother, Duchess, and their kind master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty. Can Black Beauty survive in the hands of men who treat animals so cruelly?

    Winner of multiple awards and professional accolades, Black Beauty is a must-have title for every bookshelf for children aged nine and up.
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    "Without this child, we shall all die." Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world...
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    With his funny and original novel, Life of Pi, Yann Martel rivets the reader's attention with some clever storytelling involving a boy, a lifeboat and a tiger. Pi is the son of a zookeeper and is emigrating to Canada on a cargo ship with his family and animals from the zoo when the boat is shipwrecked. Pi finds himself in the only lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orang-utan and a tiger.

    What follows is not just an engrossing adventure story but a tale of wild and crazy ideas. Readers from 13+ will be enthralled.
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    Anyone who loves dogs will adore this book by the popular TV presenter and lifelong animal lover, Kate Humble.

    In it, she examines the heart-warming relationship between man and his best friend. Using her journey with the sheepdog puppy Teg (who has grown up on her farm) as a basis for her examination of the bond, she looks at how it came to be that man became so close to our four-legged friends.

    Packed with stories about rescue dogs, guide dogs, service dogs and medical dogs, this is a barking brilliant book for dog lovers everywhere.
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    The cinema release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them promises to expand J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World in quite magical ways. Set 70 years before Harry Potter arrived at Hogwarts, it follows the Magizoologist Newt Scamander (played in the film by Eddie Redmayne) as he arrives in New York for what is intended to be a brief stay...

    As soon as Newt's settled in the city that never sleeps, things take a surprising turn - his magical case has been misplaced and some of his beasts escape. With the No-Majs (that's the American term for Muggles) not the most tolerant of those who dab in magic, a huge adventure laced with danger begins...

    Presented in keepsake hardback, this is the original screenplay for the film by J.K. Rowling. Her screenwriting debut, it's packed with imagination and new characters to love and is sure to help fans relive the story again and again as you eagerly await the next four films in the franchise!
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    It's now a decade since the BBC's Planet Earth wowed everyone with its groundbreaking footage that showed us our planet from an entirely new perspective. To mark this occasion, not only will there be a second series - Planet Earth II - but you can also own this jaw-dropping tie-in book.

    Providing the most exciting and immersive picture of our world's wildlife yet, this book has over 250 breathtaking photographs and stills from the show's spectacular footage and will help you make sense of the complex life of some of our most amazing places. Each chapter focuses on a different environment, from the most desolate desert to the depths of the jungle and Stephen Moss' informative text explains how the resident creatures have evolved and adapted to these extreme conditions.

    This book also looks at how the animals compete with each other in their efforts for survival. It even focuses on the urban environment and the range of behaviours occurring right under our noses.