There's nothing quite like stepping away from your real life and getting lost in a book for a while.
For teens, with everything they have going on, the escapism of reading has benefits that go beyond the words of the page. Learning empathy, extending vocabulary, improving relationships and stress relief are just some of the benefits that taking a dip into fiction can offer.
If you're looking to inspire your teen to do a bit more reading we've found some great stories to help get you started.
With glorious characters and relatable storylines, your child will be turning pages and begging for more with the incredibly written titles in the gallery below.
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Cloud Boy By Marcia Williams: Harry Christmas and Angie Moon are best friends and almost-twins. Ever since they were born two days apart they've been partners in cloud-spotting, sweet-eating and treehouse-building. But when Harry is taken to hospital for headaches that won't go away, he needs Angie more than ever. Because when things fall apart, only a best friend can stitch them back together. Told through Angie's lively diary, this is a bittersweet story about friendship and growing up.
Sick Bay By by Nova Weetman: Meg uses Sick Bay to hide from other kids. She's struggling with changes at home, wears slippers to school and buries her head in books. New girl Riley is a type 1 diabetic with an over-protective mother. She'd rather chat with her friends than go to Sick Bay, but sometimes she has no choice. They think they've worked each other out, but what if they've got it all wrong? On the brink of high school, Meg and Riley need a place where they can find the courage to be themselves. In this brave and uplifting story about friendship and acceptance, award-winning author Nova Weetman delves into the messiness of growing up.
Sensitive By Allayne L. Webster: When thirteen-year-old Samantha moves to a new town, she decides to reinvent herself. She wants to be called SJ now. She's going to be cool and mysterious. But above all, she's going to pretend to be healthy. SJ suffers from chronic eczema and allergies – she's sick of doctors' appointments and tests, sick of itchiness and pain, sick of looking different, feeling different. All SJ wants is to be 'normal'. She'll do whatever it takes to keep her illness a secret. After all, would new friend Livvy or cute boy Sam still want to hang out with her if they knew the truth? Sensitive is largely autobiographical, based on Webster's personal battle with chronic illness, severe life-threatening allergies and chronic atopic eczema.
Sincerely Harriet By Sarah W. Searle: Harriet Flores struggles with boredom, an unrequited crush, and a multiple sclerosis diagnosis through a long, hot, 1990s summer in Chicago. She uses her imagination to cope, which sometimes gets her into trouble, as she makes up fantastical fibs and wonders if there are ghosts upstairs. One neighbour, Pearl, encourages Harriet to read and write, leading Harriet to have a breakthrough and discover the power of storytelling.
Starworld By Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner: Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have one thing in common: they both want an escape from reality. Loner Sam flies under the radar at school and walks on eggshells at home to manage her mom's obsessive-compulsive disorder, wondering how she can ever leave to pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Popular, people-pleasing Zoe puts up walls so no one can see her true self: the girl who was abandoned as an infant, whose adoptive mother has cancer, and whose disabled brother is being sent away to live in a facility. When an unexpected encounter results in the girls' exchanging phone numbers, they forge a connection through text messages that expands into a private universe they call Starworld. In Starworld, they find hilarious adventures, kindness and understanding, and the magic of being seen for who they really are. But when Sam's feelings for Zoe turn into something more, will the universe they've built survive the inevitable explosion?
The Sidekicks By Will Kostakis: The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd. All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac's gone, what does that make them?