List of Best Selling Books
Guide to Best Books for Teens
& Most Popular Teen Books

Here's a list of best selling books to help you choose good books for teens and young preteens.

This list also helps writers gain insights into what appeals to teen readers; you'll find popular teen books and preteen stories, as well as many well-loved classics and some of the best literature of our time. Read as many of them as possible, to understand what readers want:


List of Best Selling Books #1: Preteen Stories (for 9 to 12 years)

Christopher Paul Curtis: Bud, Not Buddy;
Paula Danziger: The Cat Ate My Gymsuit; The Divorce Express; The Pistachio Prescription; Can You Sue Your Parents for Malpractice?;
Madeleine L'Engle: A Wrinkle in Time and sequels;
Caroline Keene: Nancy Drew series;
CS Lewis: Narnia series;
Ann Martin: Babysitters Club series;
LM Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables and sequels;
Francine Pascal: Sweet Valley High series;
Katherine Paterson: Bridge to Terabithia; The Great Gilly Hopkins; Park's Quest;
Mildred Taylor: Song of the Trees; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; The Friendship; Let the Circle Be Unbroken;
Cynthia Voigt: Homecoming; Dicey's Song;
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Little House in the Big Woods and sequels.

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What kinds of books do Preteens want? To find out, go to Creative Writing Ideas for Preteen Stories and Cool Story Ideas for Preteen and Teen Books.


List of Best Selling Books #2: Cool Stories for Early Teens (13 to 14 years)

Nancy Bond: A String in the Harp;
Sharon Creech: The Wanderer; Walk Two Moons;
Walter Farley: The Black Stallion and sequels;
Will Hobbs: Jason's Gold; Down the Yukon;
Brian Jacques: Redwall; Mossflower; Mattimeo; Mariel of Redwall; Pearls of Lutra; The Legend of Luke; Taggerung;
Madeleine L'Engle: Meet the Austins; Moon by Night; The Young Unicorns; A Ring of Endless Light; Troubling a Star; A Wrinkle in Time; A Wind in the Door; A Swiftly Tilting Planet; Many Waters;
Kenneth Oppel: Silverwing; Sunwing; Firewing;
Katherine Paterson: Bridge to Terabithia; The Great Gilly Hopkins;
Gary Paulsen: Hatchet; Harris and Me; Puppies, Dogs and Blue Northers; Nightjohn; Tracker; Alida's Song; The Crossing;
Marjorie Kinnan Rawling: The Yearling;
Louis Sachar: Holes;
Rosemary Sutcliff: The Eagle of the Ninth; Song for a Dark Queen.

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What types of stories appeal to Early Teens? To find out, visit Exciting Story Ideas for Early Teens and Cool Stories for Pre-Teens and Teens.


List of Best Selling Books #3: Cool Stories for Mid-Teens (15 to 17 years)

Melody Carlson: Diary of a Teenage Girl series;
Paula Fox: The Moonlight Man;
Brian Jacques: Redwall series;
Madeleine L'Engle: The Young Unicorns; A Ring of Endless Light; Arm of a Starfish; Dragons in the Water; A Wrinkle in Time; A Wind in the Door; A Swiftly Tilting Planet; Many Waters;
Ursula LeGuin: A Wizard of Earthsea; The Tombs of Atuan; The Farthest Shore;
Gary Paulsen: The Hatchet; Dogsong; The Crossing; The Island;
Wilson Rawls: Where the Red Fern Grows;
Ian Serraillier: The Silver Sword;
Ivan Southall: Ash Road; To the Wild Sky; What About Tomorrow?;
Rosemary Sutcliff: Sword Song; Blood Feud;
Mildred Taylor: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Let the Circle Be Unbroken; The Well: David's Story; Mississippi Bridge; Song of the Trees; The Land; The Road to Memphis;
Cynthia Voigt: Come a Stranger; The Runner; A Solitary Blue; Sons from Afar.

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What kinds of stories are popular with Mid-Teens? To find out, visit Cool Story Ideas for Mid-Teens and Cool Stories for Pre-Teens and Teens.


List of Best Selling Books #4: Popular Books for Teens Maturing into Adulthood (18 to 19 years)

Lloyd C Douglas: The Robe; Magnificent Obsession;
Louis L'Amour: Last of the Breed; Riding for the Brand;
Madeleine L'Engle: Many Waters; An Acceptable Time;
Ursula LeGuin: A Wizard of Earthsea; The Tombs of Atuan; The Farthest Shore; Tehanu; Tales from Earthsea; The Left Hand of Darkness;
John Moore: The Breaking of Ezra Riley; Leaving the Land;
Katherine Paterson: Lyddie;
Frank Peretti: This Present Darkness; The Veritas Project: Hangman's Curse;
Chaim Potok: Zebra and Other Stories; The Chosen; The Promise; My Name is Asher Lev; The Gift of Asher Lev;
Eugenia Price: The Beloved Invader; New Moon Rising; Lighthouse; Savannah; To See Your Face Again; Before the Darkness Falls; Stranger in Savannah;
Betty Smith: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn;
Ivan Southall: To the Wild Sky; What About Tomorrow?;
Cynthia Voigt: Seventeen Against the Dealer.

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What types of stories are most read by Mature Teens? To find out, go to Marvelous Story Ideas for Mature Teens and Cool Stories for Pre-Teens and Teens.


Writing for younger readers? Visit Writing Resources: Best Selling Books for Kids. For creative writing ideas for kids' stories, visit Hot Favorites for Kids.

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