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Steampunk, if you are unfamiliar with the genre, is a popular alternate-history genre in which electricity was never developed and everything was steam-powered. Many steampunk stories take place during the Victorian Era or in the Wild West, although some take place in other worlds or even the future.
1. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger (Finishing School Series Book 1)
Currently one of the most popular steampunk books for teens, this book tells the funny story of a girl named Sophronia and her friends who go to a mysterious girls’ school located in an airship. Though not the most imaginative steampunk story, it’s funny and has some entertaining characters.
2. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross (Steampunk Chronicles quartet Book 1)
Finley Jayne, a maid in Victorian London, discovers that she has magical powers and meets a mysterious group of adventurers, then realizing that she must help to solve a mystery.
3. The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross (Steampunk Chronicles quartet Book 3)
This third book in the Steampunk Chronicles series is as good as the first. Mila, a robot girl, discovers that she is, in fact, a robot–and, of course, the characters from the first book make it their job to protect her. (The second book in the series wasn’t all that well-written in my opinion and I suggest skipping it, because objectively, it adds little to the plot of the series as a whole.)
4. The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Three girls in Victorian London solve a murder. The book is written in sort of a humorous, modern sense, and it’s a bit historically inaccurate, but it’s funny and lighthearted.
5. The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason (Stoker and Holmes series Book 2)
The sequel to The Clockwork Scarab has even more steampunk action as Mina and Evaline must solve a mystery involving ghosts. Although many plot elements are continued from the first book, it could almost be read as a stand-alone.
6. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard (Something Strange and Deadly trilogy Book 1)
Eleanor Fitt meets a group of inventors called the Spirit Hunters with whose help she can fight off the zombies plaguing Philadelphia. With the World’s Faire, electrical experiments, and an ancient grimoire, it’s pretty interesting.
7. Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio (graphic novel)
Agatha Heterodyne goes on an adventure involving a lot of scary machines in a steampunk Germany.
8. Mister Monday by Garth Nix (Keys to the Kingdom septology Book 1)
Arthur Penhaligon has an asthma attack on a class trip and ends up getting transported to the House, a parallel plane of existence at the center of the universe.
9. Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (Killer of Enemies trilogy Book 1)
In a vaguely steampunk post-apocalyptic American Southwest, Lozen’s family is imprisoned by a group of four mysterious leaders who force her to kill the mutant creatures running wild in the desert. One of the most clever and action-packed books in the genre. (The image at the top of this page was part of the cover design process!)
10. A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard (Something Strange and Deadly trilogy Book 2)
The sequel to Something Strange and Deadly takes place in Paris. The story continues as Eleanor and the Spirit-Hunters continue to fight zombies. Though not as good as the first, there are some good action scenes and new conflicts.
Happy (steam-powered) reading!