1. Personality Tests
Teens get to know themselves and their friends with these fun personality tests.

2. Human Bingo
This game can be played on a bingo card or in a list. Each square or item on the list is something about one of the teens in the group. The players must find that teen and ask him or her to sign the square or by the item on the list. The first person to get a Bingo or complete the list wins a candybar. To compose the list or game card, use information from TAB applications or use general activities of high school students.

3. Interviews
Each teen interviews the teen seated next to him or her for five minutes and then introduces the teen to the group. Give out a list of interview questions or let the teens be creative in their interviews.

4. Zobmondo
Would you rather…? Gross and funny questions to ask teens for ice breakers or games.

5. I never did that!
The teens sit in a circle. Give each of them 10 or 15 jellybeans or pennies. In turn, each teen tells something they have never done. Anyone who has done it gives the speaker one of his or her jellybeans or pennies. After going around the circle twice, the person with the most jellybeans or pennies wins. For example: I have never traveled outside the USA. I have never eaten sushi. I have never played a violin.

6. M&Ms or Skittles
Give each teen a small package of M&Ms or Skittles and instruct them they can eat all but one color. They must then answer the question coded with the color of the candy they saved: (Make up your own questions or use the following)
Red: What is your favorite book and why?
Orange: What was the last movie you watched and how was it?
Yellow: Who is your favorite musical group and which of their songs is your favorite?
Green: Do you have a collection? What is it and how old were you when you started it?
Blue: Which foreign country would you like to visit and why?
Brown: What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on?

7. Two Truths and a Lie
In turn, teens each tell two true things and one false thing about themselves. The group tries to guess which one is the lie.

8. Famous pairs
Tape names of famous pairs and couples on the teens’ backs. They have to find the teen that completes their pair by asking each other yes and no questions.

9. Human Taco
This works well for a larger group of teens. Make cards for all the ingredients of a taco, as many copies as needed so each teen is an ingredient. Tape the cards to the teens’ backs and they must assemble themselves in small groups, each with all the ingredients of a taco by asking each other yes and no questions.

10. Famous Authors
Tape names of famous/popular YA authors on the teens’ backs. They have to find out who they are by asking everyone else yes or no questions.

Fiction by Teens

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
(14 years old)
In The Forests of the Night (Den of Shadows) 1999

Demon in My View (Den of Shadows) 2000

Shattered Mirror (Den of Shadows) 2001

Midnight Predator (Den of Shadows) 2002

Hawksong (The Kiesha’ra)

Snakecharm (The Kiesha’ra)

Falcondance (The Kiesha’ra)

Wolfcry (The Kiesha’ra)

Wyvernhail (The Kiesha’ra)

Persistence of Memory


Catherine Banner (14 years old)
Eyes of the King

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (19 years old)

Charlotte Bronte
the Search for Happiness

Isabelle Carmody
(15 years old)
Obernewtyn 1999
Farseekers 2001

Maureen Daly
(17 years old)
Seventeenth Summer 1942

Walter Farley
(15 years old)
Black Stallion 1941

Miles Franklin
(16 years old)
My Brilliant Career 1901

Isamu Fukui
(15 years old)

Kimberly Fuller
(16 years old)
Home 1998

Garcia-Williams, Rita
Blue Tights

Robert Geile
(18 years old)
On Our Way : A Collection of Short Stories by Young American Filmmakers 2004

S. E. Hinton (16 years old)
Outsiders 1967

Gordan Korman (16 years old)
This Can’t Be Happening at McDonald Hall 1978

Benjamin Lebert (16 years old)
Crazy 2000

Megan McNeil Libby (16 years old)
Postcards From France 1998

Chrisopher Paolini (18 years old)
Eragon (Inheritance)
Eldest (Inheritance)

Dav Pilkey (19 years old)
World War Won 1987

Mary Shelley (19 years old)
Frankenstein 1816

The Neon Bible

Non-fiction by Teens

Gil C. Alicea (16 years old)
The Air Down Here: True Tales From a South Bronx Boyhood 1995

Irwin Cait (13 years old)
Conquering the Beast Within:
How I Fought Depression and Won

Zack Hample (18 years old)
How To Snag Major League Baseballs 1999

Dave Lindsay (15 years old)
Dave’s Quick and Easy Web Pages 1999

Mark Pfetzer (17 years old)
Within Reach: My Everest Story

Katie Tarbox (15 years old)
Katie.com: My Story 2000

Ned Vizzini (started in jr high)
Teen Angst? Naaah… A Quasi-autobiography 2000

Teen Voices

Dear Diary I’m Pregnant: Teenagers Talk About Their Pregnancy
Annreneee Englander: compiler 1997

Girls in America: Their Stories, Their Words
Carol Cassidy 2000

Hear These Voices: Youth at the Edge of the Millennium
Anthony Allison 1999

No More Strangers Now: Young Voices From a New South Africa
Timothy McKee: interviewer 1998

Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent girls Write About Their Search for Self
Sara Shandler 1999

Picture the Girl: Young Women Speak Their Minds
Audrey Shehyn 2000

Real Boys’ Voices
William S. Pollack 2000

Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teens
Marina Budhos 1999

The Secret Life of Teens: Young People Speak Out About Their Lives
Gayatri and Michelle Patnaik, eds. 2000

Seen and Heard: Teenagers Talk About Their Lives
Mary Motley Kalergis 1998

Struggle To Be Strong: True Stories By Teens About Overcoming Tough Times
Desetta, Sybil, Wolin, eds.

What are You? Voices of Mixed Race Young People
Pearl Guyo Gaskins, ed. 1999

Why Do They Hate Me? Young Lives Caught in War and Conflict
Laurel Holliday 1999

Teen Poetry

Movin’: Teen Poets Take Voice
Dave Johnson, ed. 2000

Nolan, Christopher (15 years old)
Dam-Burst of Dreams

Pain Tree and Other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry
Esther Watson, compiler 2000

Quiet Storm: Voices of Young Black Poets (ages 13-21)
Lydia Okutoro, ed. 1999

Tupac Shakur (19 years old)
The Rose that Grew From Concrete

You Hear Me? Poems and Writings by Teenaged Boys
Betsy Franco, ed. 2000

When the Rain Sings: Poems By Young Native Americans (ages 7-17)
Lee Francis, ed. 1999

Teen Diaries

Zlata Filipovic (13 years old)
Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo 1994

Anne Frank (14 years old)
Diary of a Young Girl 1952

Latoya Hunter(16 years old)
Diary of Latoya Hunter: My First Year in Junior High 1992

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