Best Scottish Books for Older Readers (Teens)

Shortlisted SCBA titles for teens

Every year, tens of thousands of school pupils vote for their favourite books in the Scottish Children’s Book Awards. Check out this list to see all the books shortlisted for the 12-16 age category since 2006. From thrillers to sci-fi, historical fiction to heady contemporary drama, there’s something here for everyone.

1. Green Jasper

Katie Grant
Nemesis cover

2. Nemesis-Into the Shadows

Catherine MacPhail
Reckoning cover

3. The Reckoning

James Jauncey
Crash cover

4. Crash

J.A. Henderson

5. Grass

Cathy MacPhail
Crusade cover

7. Crusade

Elizabeth Laird
Scarlett cover

9. Scarlett

Cathy Cassidy
Dark Spell by Gill Arbuthnott

11. Dark Spell

Gill Arbuthnott
Drowning Pond cover

12. The Drowning Pond

Catherine Forde
Witness cover

13. The Witness

James Jauncey
Cover of Roxy's Baby

14. Roxy's Baby

Cathy MacPhail
Black Dove White Raven cover

15. Black Dove, White Raven

Elizabeth E Wein
The Wall by William Sutcliffe

16. The Wall

William Sutcliffe
Mosi's War cover

17. Mosi's War

Cathy MacPhail
The Piper cover

19. The Piper

Danny Weston
Ferryman cover

20. Ferryman

Claire McFall
Crossing the Line cover

25. Crossing the Line

Gillian Philip
Medici Seal cover

26. The Medici Seal

Theresa Breslin

27. The Witching Hour

Elizabeth Laird
Wasted cover

28. Wasted

Nicola Morgan
Bunker 10 cover

29. Bunker 10

J.A. Henderson
Code Name Verity cover

30. Code Name Verity

Elizabeth Wein

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust