YA book recommendations?

I am looking to practice by reading real books, and I think YA would be a good level for me at this point. I like dystopian/fantasy/scifi novels in English (things like Hunger Games, Harry Potter, etc). I know some people read translations of those, but that seems sort of silly - one of the benefits to learning other languages is to read THEIR books, not my culture's books translated.

Does anyone know any good YA fiction in French?

I'm also learning Spanish and although I'm not sure I'm quite at that level yet, suggestions would be appreciated for that language too if you have them!

November 1, 2018


You may enjoy the following sites:

Young readers

Also try:

Reading A-Z

For the young adult reading level, try levels U through Z. There are 104 books available for this level of reading. Click on the level, and the list of books will appear below.

I am able to read them online free with the following procedure:

  1. Right click on the book title and choose "open link in a new tab".

  2. Then by using my touch screen I just enlarge the book, like Tom Cruise in Minority Report.

  3. Now the book is big enough to read online.

  4. To look up words, I arrage the windows for google translate and the book side by side and click the star in google translate to keep a list of the vocabulary I've looked up.

  5. Review the google phrasebook anytime. Notice the speaker button next to each word in the list to listen to the pronunciation.

My favorite Duo formatting guide


November 2, 2018

Good post!

November 2, 2018

So glad you liked it.

For younger children, you may also like:

TumbleBiblio Enfants

  1. To access, go to the link above and click on the books tab.

  2. Then click on TumbleBiblio Enfants

I recently read the following eAudiobooks:

La malediction petits pois

La princesse aux mains blanches

I used video speed controller to slow down the speech because sometimes they read quite fast. I also connect an HDMI cable from my laptop to the TV, and the books play like short 10-min movies on the TV, so cute!

November 2, 2018

Jules verne's Book are very interesting like vingt mille lieues sous les mers or le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours I love SF but I don't usually read/ watch french artworks about it. Must say that SGU will stay in my heart ahah. Otherwise, I found a website where you can find some good one :

November 1, 2018

Serge Brussolo is always a famous SF writer :

November 1, 2018

You can try this link :

There are here some books with CD for different levels . You cannot buy there but i think you can find them on line.

PS : what means "YA" ? Thanks

November 1, 2018

YA is short for Young Adult, usually books with young characters or fantasy that teenagers enjoy but are more mature. Not a French book but Throne of Glass or Court of Thorns and Roses, both by Sarah J Maas are excellent books .

November 1, 2018

ok... thanks. In France we say "jeunes adultes" ! but never JA... but sometimes "Young Adult" too ...

November 1, 2018

Yeah in France I have never heard or even thought of saying JA because it just sounds weird

November 4, 2018

I haven't read this, but Les fiancés de l'hiver is the first book in a very popular French fantasy series by Christelle Dabos. It's recently been translated into English and it's had great buzz, so I imagine reading it in the original French would be great!

November 1, 2018

I would recommend dual language bools for starters. These are books with French on one page and English on the opposite page. Possibly you are a YA, possibly not, but a good place to start is Complete Fairy Tales in Verse and Prose by Charles Perrault. Included in the book are Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, Cendrillon, et La Belle au Bois Dormant. I bought the book on Amazon. I think it's better to buy than borrow from a library because you can write in a book you own.

November 1, 2018

I go to a French immersion school so in our French language arts class we read only books that are originally written in French. Some recommendations are Le Combat d'Hiver by Jean-Claude Mourlevat and of course if you want real French culture you could go for a BD (Bande-dessinée = drawn strip which means comic books). SOme good classics are Tintin or Asterix. I hope this was helpful.


EDIT: For a simpler storyline/vocabulary there are Le Petit Nicolas, another classic series. I loved these when I was young.

November 4, 2018
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