Back to School Reading for Teens

There you are, mentally preparing yourself for diving into the daily routine of studying, taking notes, listening, doing homework, taking tests, writing essays, and completing projects.  Summer went by way too fast; you simply aren’t ready for this yet.  Surely it can’t be time for school to start yet, can it?  Yet despite how much you would rather extend summer break for another month, this coming Monday marks your first day of school.  Homeschool, yes, but school nonetheless.  Okay, so maybe you don’t have to get up as early like your traditionally-schooled friends, but sleeping until noon probably won’t be acceptable.  And yes, you can stay in your pajamas all day, and you don’t have to deal with the first-day-of-school-impression, but it’s still the schoolwork routine that makes you shudder.

Perhaps that’s not you, though.  Maybe you’re the one who has been ready for school to start for the past few weeks.  The teen who already has all the textbooks and has read a good bit of each.  You might be the one that liked your summer break for a while, but you love learning even more.  Even though you’re homeschooled, you still can’t wait to return to your regular schedule of waking early and keeping your nose in those books.

Regardless of which homeschooler you are, it’s August, which means it IS that time of year–back to school!  You probably have a full load of credits and curriculum this year, keeping your schedule constant but hopefully not overwhelming.  I thought it would be fun to create a back-to-school reading list for teens as something you can do in your spare time that will not only be enjoyable, but these books are also educational and can be counted for school.  Helpful, right?  I hope you enjoy the books, and let us know if you would add any others to the list!


-The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

-The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

-The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

-To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

-Word of Honor by T. Elizabeth Renich

-The Help by Kathryn Stockett

-A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

-Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer

-Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

-The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy


Tialla Rising is a homeschool graduate and a published author. She lives in the mountains of Arizona with her amazing husband, where she enjoys reading, Netflix, writing, and more! Visit her website at

August 10, 2016


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