Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: Funny Reads

Born to Rock

Author: Korman, Gordon.

High school senior Leo Caraway, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father ...

Greg Heffley's Journal

Author: Kinney, Jeff.

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Row...

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be Your Class President

Author: Lieb, Josh.

In Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely...

My Most Excellent Year

Author: Kluger, Steve.

Three teenagers in Boston narrate their experiences of a year of new friendships, first loves...

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Author: Adams, Douglas,

Originally published: New York: Harmony Books, 1980. ...

All-American Girl

Author: Cabot, Meg.

A sophomore girl stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed Teen Ambassador to ...

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Alexie, Sherman,

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to att...

Carter Finally Gets It

Author: Crawford, Brent.

Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high schoo...

Swim the Fly

Author: Calame, Don.

"Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves...

The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love

Author: Rushton, Rosie.

The author of "Friends, Enemies" offers a fresh, funny new novel about sisterhood, friendship...

24 Girls in 7 Days

Author: Bradley, Alex.

Jack Grammar, average American senior, has no date to the prom. Or so he thinks. Percy and Na...

Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls

Author: Madison, Bennett.

When someone steals her purse and her identity, high-school junior and reluctant girl sleuth ...

Bad Kitty

Author: Jaffe, Michele.

While vacationing with her family in Las Vegas, seventeen-year-old Jasmine stumbles upon a mu...

The Big Splash

Author: Ferraiolo, Jack D.

Matt Stevens, an average middle schooler with a glib tongue and a knack for solving crimes, u...

Okay for Now

Author: Schmidt, Gary D.

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and ...

Once Upon a Marigold

Author: Ferris, Jean,

A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who r...

The Wee Free Men

Author: Pratchett, Terry.

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blu...

Withering Tights

Author: Rennison, Louise.

Self-conscious about her knobby knees but confident in her acting ability, fourteen-year-old ...

Beat the Band

Author: Calame, Don.

Paired with the infamous "Hot Dog" Helen for a health class presentation on safe sex, tenth-g...

Spanking Shakespeare

Author: Wizner, Jake.

Shakespeare Shapiro navigates a senior year fraught with feelings of insecurity while writing...


Author: Emond, Stephen.

After going through traumatic times, a troubled, socially awkward teenager moves to a new sch...

How to Ruin a Summer Vacation

Author: Elkeles, Simone.

When sixteen-year-old Amy, a spoiled American, goes to Israel for a three-month summer vacati...

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

Author: Lubar, David.

While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother...

Burger Wuss

Author: Anderson, M. T.

Hoping to lose his loser image, Anthony plans revenge on a bully which results in a war betwe...

Perfecet Cover

Author: Barnes, Jennifer

High school sophomore Toby Klein enjoys computer hacking and wearing combat boots, so she thi...

Beauty Queens

Author: Bray, Libba.

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they stru...

48 Shades of Brown

Author: Earls, Nick,

While his parents are in Geneva, sixteen-year-old Dan spends his last year of high school liv...

The Secret Blog of Raisin Rodriguez

Author: Goldschmidt, Judy.

In a weblog she sends to her best friends back in Berkeley, seventh-grader Raisin Rodriguez c...

Markus and the Girls

Author: Hagerup, Klaus,

Only two months into his first year of junior high school, Markus has already fallen in love ...


Author: Halpin, Brendan,

Rosalind had two mommies. Now, thanks to a tragic accident involving foodstuffs, she has none...


Author: Ives, David.

Through a series of letters home, fifteen-year-old Vospop "Voss" Vsklzwczdztwczky shares his ...

Girl, Barely 15

Author: Limb, Sue.

Jess Jordan is barely 15. Fred is her often-aggravating best guy friend; her father is a lone...

Bras & Broomsticks

Author: Mlynowski, Sarah.

Living in New York City with her mother and her younger sister, Miri, fourteen-year-old Rache...

The Reformed Vampire Support Group

Author: Jinks, Catherine.

Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group fo...

So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother) :

Author: Ostow, Micol.

Four suburban New Jersey students from the Leo R. Gittleman Jewish Day School form a rock ban...

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

Author: Rennison, Louise.

Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who t...

Fat Vampire

Author: Rex, Adam.

After being bitten by a vampire, not only is fifteen-year-old Doug doomed eternally to be fat...


Author: Van de Ruit, John.

In 1990, thirteen-year-old John "Spud" Milton, a prepubescent choirboy, keeps a diary of his ...

Beatle Meets Destiny

Author: Williams, Gabrielle.

When superstitious eighteen-year-old John "Beatle" Lennon, who is dating the best friend of h...

My Cup Runneth Over

Author: Whytock, Cherry.

Believing she is too big, fourteen-year-old Angel tries dieting and kick-boxing to lose weigh...

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Author: Andrews, Jesse.

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh hi...


Abraham Lincoln Award

Awarded annually to the author of the book voted as most outstanding by Illinois high school students

Alex Award

Adult books that appeal to teen readers

Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA)

Best teen books selected from the previous year

Coretta Scott King Award

Outstandingly inspirational books that promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all people

Excellence in Nonfiction

Honors the best nonfiction book of the year written for teens

Rainbow Book List: GLBTQ Books for Children & Teens

Children’s/Young Adult LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) nominees

Michael L. Printz Award

Honoring excellence in books for teens

Pura Belpre Award

Celebrating the Latino cultural experience

Rebecca Caudill Award

An Illinois award for outstanding literature for young people

William C. Morris YA Debut Award

Honors the best novels of the year by a debut author writing for teens

YALSA Book Awards and Booklists

The American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association presents annual awards and puts out annual lists for various types of genres and materials