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GCLD Celebrates TeenTober

By Tess Riley, Library Associate

In honor of TeenTober, a nationwide celebration of teens hosted by libraries every October, Grand County Library District (GCLD) would like to present a list of titles, all written by teenagers. Some are classics and some are contemporary, but all are worthwhile reads. Enjoy!

Eragon by Christopher Paolini. A fantasy novel full of dragons and knights, Paolini’s first book became a bestseller when he was only 19 years old. He has also written several sequels in the series. Eragon was even turned into a movie.

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. This timeless classic about rival street gangs was written by Hinton when she was only 16 years old. First published in 1967, it was later adapted for the big screen by Francis Ford Coppola.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Published in 1947, this true diary of a young Holocaust victim, started when Anne was only 13 years old, has become a universal symbol of the spirit to endure.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Written in 1816, Frankenstein was penned when a group of friends decided to see who could write the best horror story. Millions of readers would likely agree that Shelley, who was 18 at the time she wrote her story, won that contest.

Student Voice: 100 Argument Essays by Teens on Issues That Matter to Them by Katherine Schulten. This 2020 collection of 100 essays written by teens from 13-to-18-years-old features topics like social media, race, video games, and more. All were winners or runners up in a New York Times student editorial contest.

Far Below Human Eyes by Annabelle Healy. Annabelle is a 17-year-old who lives in Parker, Colorado. Her new book follows a student who wants nothing more than to fit in, but is given a different story.

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. This young adult novel, written in 2010 by a 17-year-old author, follows the struggles and relationships of Bianca Piper, the “DUFF” (short for “Designated Ugly Fat Friend”). Keplinger has since seen her book made into a movie, and she’s also written a sequel.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. The 15-year-old Pakistani author of this non-fiction book relates her experience of being shot in the face by the Taliban for daring to go to school. The same strength that gave Malala the will to survive also empowered her to use her voice and pen to raise awareness of the plight of children who are deprived of education. In 2014, Malala became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

You can request these titles at www.gcld.org or use the Libby App to download the OverDrive eBook or Audiobook version.

If you are a teen who is interested in writing, please visit your local library or browse our online catalog to discover books written especially for aspiring young authors.

You may also want to visit websites like The Young Writers Society, NoNoWriMo Young Writers Program, and Teen Ink for further help, inspiration, and to connect with other young writers online.