Best Travel Books for Teens & Tweens

Updated October 28, 2016

The 22 Best Travel Books for Teens and Tweens

  1. Harry Potter Series

    by J.K.Rowling
    Everyone’s favorite young wizard wrestles with dark magic and adolescence.
    Recommended age: 9-15

  2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    by Brian Selznick
    Magical and beautifully-illustrated tale of an orphan living in a 1930’s Paris train station.
    Recommended age: 9-12

  3. The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket

    by John Boyne
    A floating boy journeys across the globe and back home again to his native Australia.
    Recommended age: 8-12

  4. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    by E.L. Konigsburg
    Claudia and her brother run away to live in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    Recommended age: 8-12

  5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

    by Rick Riordan
    Young Percy’s adventures with Greek gods and monsters.
    Recommended age: 10-14

  6. The Family Under the Bridge

    by Natalie Savage Carson
    Heartwarming tale of a Parisian vagrant and the young family he befriends.
    Recommended age: 8-12

  7. The Samurai’s Tale

    by Erik C. Haugaard
    An orphaned samurai’s son comes of age in 16th century feudal Japan.
    Recommended age: 10-14

  8. His Dark Materials Trilogy

    by Philip Pullman
    An orphan girl and her companion on a perilous quest through parallel worlds.
    Recommended age: 12 and up

  9. The Roman Mysteries Series

    by Caroline Lawrence
    A group of young friends solve mysteries in ancient Rome.
    Recommended age: 12-14

  10. Hatchet

    by Gary Paulsen
    13 year old Brian must survive alone in the Canadian Wilderness.
    Recommended age: 12 and up

  11. The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

    by Catherynne M. Valente
    The first in a series of books about young September’s adventures in a magical world.
    Recommended age: 10 and up

  12. The Corfu Trilogy

    by Gerald Durrell
    Charming and funny tales about the British author’s childhood on a Greek island.
    Recommended age: 12 and up

  13. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series

    by Laini Taylor
    A seventeen-year old girl’s father sends her on sinister and mysterious errands across the globe.
    Recommended age: 15 and up

  14. Chronicles of Narnia

    by C.S. Lewis
    Four British children become kings and queens in a magical kingdom.
    Recommended age: 8 and up

  15. Anna and the French Kiss

    by Stephanie Perkins
    A high-schooler finds love and a fresh perspective after being transferred to a Parisian boarding school.
    Recommended age: 13-18

  16. Marina

    by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    15 year old Oscar explores the magical and menacing world of 1980’s Barcelona.
    Recommended age: 13 and up

  17. 100 Cupboards

    by N.D. Wilson
    A young boy discovers portals to different and mysterious worlds.
    Recommended age: 8-12 years

  18. The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings

    by J.R.R. Tolkein
    Classic series of epic tales involving hobbits, elves, goblins, dark lords, and quests through Middle Earth.
    Recommended age: 11 and up

  19. The War that Saved My Life

    by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley
    A 9-year old girl runs away to the British countryside during World War II.
    Recommended age: 9-12

  20. The Lunar Chronicles

    by Marissa Meyer
    Fairy tales mix with science fiction in this acclaimed futuristic YA series.
    Recommended age: 12 and up

  21. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

    by Grace Lin
    A young girl’s journey to save her family, set in provincial China.
    Recommended age: 8-12

  22. The Girl from Everywhere

    by Heidi Heilig
    16-year old Nix and her father journey across the world as time-traveling pirates.
    Recommended age: 13 and up