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Stranger Things returns to Netflix on October 27th, and if you can’t wait for another trip to the UpsideDown, let us help you pass the time until then. We’ve got a selection of books that draw from all the elements that makes Stranger Things so much fun. The titles below blend elements of chilling horror, trippy sci-fi, 1980s awesomeness and small-town nostalgia. These books will no doubt get you primed for the new season, or – if you’re like us – will be there to console you after you’ve binged the entire season in a single weekend.
14 Must-Read Teen Books
Arclight by Josin L. McQuein
The first person to cross the barrier that protects Arclight from the Fade, teenaged Marina has no memory when she is rescued but when one of the Fade infiltrates Arclight, she recognizes it and begins to unlock secrets she never knew she had.
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
A teenaged girl and her boyfriend must find her older brother after he wanders into their town's swamp and a mysterious girl appears in his place.
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
When her best friend Cassie sends her a cryptic note asking for help, Wylie sets out to find her with Jasper, the guy who set Cassie off the rails. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong.
Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz
Attending summer camp in a strict, gender-rigid culture, 15-year-old Kivali, who was abandoned as an infant and raised by an ardent nonconformist, questions her sense of identity and her beliefs as she becomes aware of her special intuitive powers.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
Series: Miss Peregrine trilogy, book 1.
Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan
Supernatural mysteries and suburban drama collide in the early hours after the Halloween of 1988 for four twelve-year-old newspaper delivery girls.
Series available in eBook.
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Sixteen-year-old Mackie Doyle knows that he replaced a human child when he was just an infant. When a friend's sister disappears, he goes against his family's and town's deliberate denial of the problem to confront the beings that dwell under the town, tampering with human lives.
Replica by Lauren Oliver
In a book that invites readers to start at either end or alternate between perspectives, Lyra and Gemma get the chance to escape from the protective environments in which they were raised while uncovering secrets about the bioresearch facility that connects them.
Series: Replica, book 1.
So Close to You by Rachel Carter
When a portal sends seventeen-year-old Lydia Bentley to 1945 at a secret military base near her Long Island home, she learns that her grandfather's stories of dangerous government experiments are true, that the Montauk Project was real, and that she needs the help of a darkly mysterious time traveler to return home.
Series: So Close to You trilogy, book 1.
Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
After waking in a shallow grave, Breezy, a high school senior, crosses the country seeking answers about her death and resurrection, discovering along the way a host of supernatural creatures, as well as a human cult determined to "free" them at any cost.
Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
When the residents of the town of Oleander, Kansas, start acting strangely, the witnesses of a series of suicide-killings must band together to save the town from whatever has come over it.
We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Abducted by aliens periodically throughout his youth, Henry Denton is informed by his erstwhile captors that they will end the world in 144 days unless he stops them by deciding that humanity is worth saving.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Check out the movie on DVD.
Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak
Seventeen-year-old Aiden has been living like a ghost since his mother tried to stop a family curse by causing him to forget his psychic experiences but when Jarrod, a childhood friend, returns, so do the memories and Aiden is compelled to seek the truth and release them all from the story that has trapped them.