Fiction reading guide for Rangatahi – Teens

Fiction reading guide

Whatever kind of fiction you’re into, there’s a great story here for you.

Booklists

Short Reads - Teens

Sometimes you just need a quick read - a short book that you can pick up and polish off fast.

New Zealand Fiction - Teens

A varied list of books by Aotearoa writers. Our authors write from multiple perspectives, across all kinds of genres.

Romance - Teens

Read messy love-triangle stories or sweeping historical epics; bittersweet romantic tragedies or hilarious meet-cute mishaps.

Classic Novels - Teens

If you need a 'classic' read for NCEA or just want some great books that have stood the test of time - all published before 1960.

Super Readables - Teens

Dyslexia friendly books with a special font, thick, cream pages and widely spaced lines; high interest but a lower reading age.

New for Rangatahi

New for Rangatahi

Printable lists

If you like... Rainbow reads

Stories about relationships, family, romance, activism, and struggle with a range of LGBTQIA+ characters. Printable author list (405 KB pdf)

If you like... YA Mystery fiction

Mystery is lurking everywhere from the school hallways to the shadows of the local woods. Printable author list (702 KB pdf).

If you like... YA Fantasy fiction

Encounter magic and myth, journey with legendary heroes, or protect the world from monsters or oppression. Printable author list (370KB pdf)

If you like... YA Dystopian fiction

Travel into grim futures not-so-far-removed from the world as we know it. Printable author list (939 KB pdf).

If you like... YA contemporary and realistic reads

Stories firmly rooted in the issues that affect us today. Funny, heartbreaking, realistic, engrossing. Printable author list (478KB pdf).

If you like... YA Adventure & action fiction

Hardy men in the wilderness, as well as bad guys in mean streets, tough heroines, and spies doing spy stuff. Printable author list (1MB pdf)

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