Quick Summer Teen Reads Under 200 Pages

Tried of reading hefty volumes like Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief, which is nearly 600 pages, or Christopher Paolini’s Eragon and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, each nearly 800 pages in length? Try these titles for your summer reading, all under 200 pages. They offer a quick, compelling story line and an unintimidating length. With realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, poetry, and thrillers included in the list, you should find plenty to choose from among these slim pickings.

Ask Me No Questions Ask Me No Questions
By Budhos, Marina
2007-09 – Simon Pulse
The author of “Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers” pens a moving story about two teenage sisters, originally from Bangladesh, whose family lives illegally in New York City. After 9/11, immigration regulations change, forcing the family to seek asylum. …More
Black and White Black and White
By Volponi, Paul
2005-05 – Viking Children’s Books
Marcus and Eddie are best friends. Marcus is black, Eddie is white, but it doesn’t matter until they start to pull stickups for extra pocket cash and the gun they’re using goes off. Now Marcus is going to jail, even though Eddie is the one who fired the gun. Black and White is the gripping story of two good boys who make a bad mistake, and a heart-breaking look at the realities of the urban criminal justice system. …More
Blank Confession Blank Confession
By Hautman, Pete
2010-11 – Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
2011 Minnesota Book Award Winner-Young People’s Literature From the National Book Award-winning author of “Godless.” Shayne Blank is the new kid in town–but that doesn’t stop him from getting into a lot of trouble very quickly. When he walks into the police department to confess to a murder, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems. …More
The Boy Who Dared The Boy Who Dared
By Bartoletti, Susan Campbell
2008-02 – Scholastic Press
BookPage Notable Title
A CCBC Book of the Week Selection
Bartoletti has taken one episode from her Newbery Honor Book “Hitler Youth” and fleshed it out into thought-provoking novel, telling the story of a 16-year-old German youth who dared to stand up against the Nazis. …More
Chanda's Secrets Chanda’s Secrets
By Stratton, Allan
2004-03 – Annick Press
A young adult novel set in modern Africa tells the story of Chanda, a 16-year-old girl who must confront the realities of HIV/AIDS, as well as the corrosive nature of secrets and the healing power of truth. …More

Watch for more reading suggestions of books under 200 pages next Saturday June 25th.


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