Check out the books, movies, TV shows, and music that come highly recommended by our Teen Advisory Board Members!
Will: 1984 by George Orwell
Veronika: Empty by Suzanne Weyn
Ashley: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Movies & TV
Will: Once Upon a Time
Julia: Law & Order
Chloe: If I Stay
Barbara: FourFiveSeconds by Rhianna, Kanye, and Paul McCartney; I Need You by M83
Kelsey: Symphony Soldier by The Cab, Pirates of the Caribbean film scores by Hans Zimmer
Julia: The Big Bang by Rock Mafia
Katie: The Heart Wants What it Wants and My Dilemma 2.0 by Selena Gomez; Sledgehammer by Fifth Harmony; Cry Me a River by Justin Timberlake; Something Big by Shawn Mendes
Enjoy reading novels about kings, queens, and the like? Check out this list of teen novels that have royalty in their blood!
YA COKAL, S.
On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne’s heirs, and a courtier’s wolfish hunger for the king’s favors sets a devious plot in motion. In the palace at Skyggehave, things are seldom as they seem — and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined.
YA MAAS, S.
After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
YA LEAVITT, L.
Desi Bascomb has been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life. So when a flawlessly dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and wants to know if Desi would like to become a substitute princess, Desi of course agrees. While being a substitute princess is harder than Desi thought, her determination to make a positive impact proves fruitful, in spite of one royal fiasco at a time.
YA FRIESNER, E.
Although she is a dutiful daughter, Nefertiti’s dancing abilities, remarkable beauty, and intelligence garner attention near and far, so much so that her family is summoned to the Egyptian royal court, where Nefertiti becomes a pawn in the power play of her scheming aunt, Queen Tiye.
YA COOPER, M.
On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War.
YA FLETCHER, S.
Fourteen-year-old Mitra, of royal Persian lineage, and her five-year-old brother Babak, whose dreams foretell the future, flee for their lives in the company of the magus Melchoir and two other Zoroastrian priests, traveling through Persia as they follow star signs leading to a newly-born king in Bethlehem.
YA BARRETT, T.
When sixteen-year-old Telemachos and his two best friends, one a centaur, leave their life of privilege to undertake a quest to find Telemachos’s father Odysseus, they learn much along the way about what it means to be a man and a king.
YA LIBBY, A.
Catharine Howard recounts the events in her life that led to her being groomed for marriage at the age of fifteen to King Henry VIII, her failure to produce an heir to the throne, and her quick execution.
YA ZETTEL, S.
In 1716 London, an orphaned sixteen-year-old girl from a good family impersonates a lady-in-waiting only to discover that the real girl was murdered, the court harbors a nest of spies, and the handsome young artist who is helping her solve the mystery might be a spy himself.
YA KLEIN, L.
In alternating chapters, ambitious Lady Macbeth tries to bear a son and win the throne of Scotland for her husband, and Albia, their daughter who was banished at birth and raised by three weird sisters, falls in love, learns of her parentage, and seeks to free Scotland from tyranny in this tale based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
YA SHECTER, V.
Cleopatra Selene, the only surviving daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, recalls her life of pomp and splendor in Egypt and, after her parents’ deaths, capitivity and treachery in Rome.
YA NIELSEN, J.
In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king’s long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.
YA MEYER, C.
When renowned beauty Helen runs off to Troy with Prince Paris, her enraged husband, King Menelaus, starts the Trojan War, leaving their plain daughter, Hermione, alone to witness the deaths of heroes on both sides and longing to find her own love and place in the world. Includes historical notes.
YA O’NEAL, E.
For sixteen years, Nalia has been raised as the princess of Thorvaldor, but one day she learns that her real name is Sinda and that she is part of a complicated plot that would change the future of her country forever.
YA RHODES, M.
After centuries of peace, the three kingdoms of Mytica stand on the brink of war. As rulers struggle for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed and four key players find their fates forever intertwined amidst betrayal, murder, secret alliances, and even unforseen love.
YA DIXON, H.
Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother’s death, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters join The Keeper, who’s trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.
YA MURDOCK, C.
Princess Wisdom yearns for a life of adventure beyond the kingdom of Montagne. She forms an uneasy alliance with Tips, a soldier keeping his true life secret from his family; Fortitude, an orphaned maid who longs for Tips; and Magic the cat as they try to save the kingdom from certain destruction. Told through diaries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, letters, biographies, and a stage play.
YA SF COX, G.
When Princess Riese meets Micah, a mysterious wandering artist, she pretends to be a peasant for a chance at being a normal girl, while the clockwork Sect infiltrates the court and grows stronger.
YA SF NIX, G.
Battling aliens, space pirates, and competitors, Prince Khemri meets a young woman, named Raine, and learns more than he expected about the hidden workings of a vast, intergalactic Empire, and about himself.
YA SF JOHNSON, A.
In a Brazil of the distant future, June Costa falls in love with Enki, a fellow artist and rebel against the strict limits of the legendary pyramid city of Palmares Três’ matriarchal government, knowing that, like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.
YA KASS, K.
America Singer is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.
YA DUNLAP, S.
Amid the glamour of Prince Nicholas Esterhazy’s court in 18th-century Vienna, murder is afoot. Or so fifteen-year-old Theresa Maria is convinced when her musician father turns up dead on Christmas Eve, his valuable violin missing, and the only clue to his death a strange gold pendant around his neck. Then her father’s mentor, the acclaimed composer Franz Joseph Haydn, helps her through a difficult time by making her his copyist and giving her insight into her father’s secret life. It’s there that Theresa begins to uncover a trail of blackmail and extortion, even as she discovers honor, and the possibility of a first, tentative love. Thrumming with the weeping strains of violins, as well as danger and deception, this is an engrossing tale of murder, romance, and music that readers will find hard to forget.
Looking for an interesting spin on a classic fairytale? Check out some of these novels in the Teen collection!
Alice in Wonderland
Beauty and the Beast
The Frog Prince
The Little Mermaid
Red Riding Hood
Snow White and Rose Red
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Various Fairytales Retold
YA SF KOSTICK, C.
On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik’s father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.
YA MANCUSI, M.
Struggling to fit in after her parents’ divorce sends her from Boston to her grandmother’s house in the country, sixteen-year-old Maddy forms a manga club at school and falls in love through an online fantasy game.
YA SF DASHNER, J.
Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret’s out.
YA GAGNON, M.
After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret.
YA SF DOCTOROW, C.
A group of teens from around the world find themselves drawn into an online revolution arranged by a mysterious young woman known as Big Sister Nor, who hopes to challenge the status quo and change the world using her virtual connections.
YA CLINE, E.
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
YA SF KINCAID, S.
Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.
YA SF VANDE VELDE, V.
While playing a total immersion virtual reality game of kings and intrigue, fourteen-year-old Giannine learns that demonstrators have damaged the equipment to which she is connected, and she must win the game quickly or be damaged herself.
YA FREDERICKS, M.
Two teenagers connect online in a role-playing game which leads them into their own face-to-face, half-acknowledged courtship.
YA SF ANDERSON, M.
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.
YA SF JINKS, C.
Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.
YA SF SILVER, E.
Rochester, New York, high schooler Miki Jones is pulled into a sort of a game in which she and other teens battle real-life aliens and the consequences of each battle could be deadly.
YA SF TREVAYNE, E.
Ever since he was a young boy, music has coursed through the veins of eighteen-year-old Anthem — the Corp has certainly seen to that. By encoding music with addictive and mind-altering elements, the Corp holds control over all citizens, particularly conduits like Anthem, whose life energy feeds the main power in the Grid. Anthem finds hope and comfort in the twin siblings he cares for, even as he watches the life drain slowly and painfully from his father. Escape is found in his underground rock band, where music sounds free, clear, and unencoded deep in an abandoned basement. But when a band member dies suspiciously from a tracking overdose, Anthem knows that his time has suddenly become limited. Revolution all but sings in the air, and Anthem cannot help but answer the call with the chords of choice and free will. But will the girl he loves help or hinder him?
YA SF MILLER, L.
In a near-future world where everyone is controlled by their smartphones, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn suddenly begins listening to the voice within–which kids are taught to ignore–and discovers a terrible plot at the heart of the corporation that makes the devices.
YA SF FORD, M.
In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
This book is so exciting and really keeps you at the edge of your seat! I’m not done yet, but I’m excited to see what the ending brings!
Review by Grace
Four by Veronica Roth
YA SF ROTH, V.
The book Four was a good addition to the Divergent series . It gave you all of Tobias’ thoughts and helped you see what Dauntless was like before Tris gets there. Also, you get to see Tris jumping into the net from Tobias’ point of view.
Review by Mia
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
A girl with cancer named Hazel finds a boy her age. They fall in love instantly. In this book you will find romance, comedy, and tragedy. I recommend this book for people in 7th grade and up.
Review by Seamus
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
YA SF CLEMENTS, A.
The book is about a boy named Bobby who becomes invisible after he goes in the shower one morning. When he is invisible, he meets this girl that is blind. His parents tell him not to tell anybody but he told the girl anyway, so she told her parents, and they made a club to turn Bobby back to normal.
Review by Aidan
The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
This book was awesome! I loved all twists and turns that made you want to read more. It is about a boy named Antsy and he meets someone named Schwa and there is something unique about him and it’s so cool to see that they become friends.
Review by Caitlin
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
YA SF BRADBURY, R.
Fahrenheit 451 – the approximate temperature for books to burn in. Books cannot exist in this world. They are meant to be burned by firemen. “Why?”, you ask. Well, then read the story of our protagonist, Guy Montag. You’ll find out about a different world that may just exist.
Review by Dev
YALSA announed the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Titles today! Check out the video below to see the announcement.
Click on the title to find the any of the Teens’ Top Ten Titles in the Library:
1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
2. Splintered by A.G. Howard
3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (more…)