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10 Books to Make Teens Believe in the Power of Imagination

by Laura Lambert

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Children’s books are filled with all things wild and imaginative — make-believe worlds, talking animals, and other strange, magical characters. But as toddlers and grade schoolers mature into teens and young adults, the magic that pushes on the edge of the imagination tends to wane. Unless your teen is into full-blown genres like fantasy or sci-fi, it can be challenging to find books that rekindle the spark of imagining with abandon.

Here are 10 young adult books for teens that will pique curiosity, inspire ingenuity, and make them believe in the power of imagination again. In these stories, adherence to the rules of reality is far less important than the universal truths the narratives reveal.