Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: Guys Reads

Code Talker

Author: Bruchac, Joseph,

After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Be...


Author: Oppel, Kenneth.

Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her ch...

American Shaolin

Author: Polly, Matthew.

Laced with humor and illuminated by cultural insight, this coming-of-age tale explores one youn...

King Dork

Author: Portman, Frank.

High school loser Tom Henderson discovers that "The Catcher in the Rye" may hold the clues to t...


Author: Updale, Eleanor.

In Victorian London, after his life is saved by a young physician, a thief utilizes the knowled...

Memory Boy

Author: Weaver, Will.

Sixteen-year-old Miles and his family must flee their Minneapolis home and begin a new life in ...

Eagle Blue

Author: D'Orso, Michael.


Phineas Gage

Author: Fleischman, John,

A science writer specializing in medicine, Fleischman tells how Gage, foreman of a railroad con...

The Perfect Storm

Author: Junger, Sebastian.

October 1991. It was "the perfect storm"--a tempest that may happen only once in a century--a n...


Author: Hiaasen, Carl.

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to sa...

Little Brother

Author: Doctorow, Cory.

After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a ...

The Maze Runner

Author: Dashner, James,

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must wo...

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 atten...

Swim the Fly

Author: Calame, Don.

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

The Body of Christopher Creed

Author: Plum-Ucci, Carol,

Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and ques...

No Choirboy

Author: Kuklin, Susan.

In their own voices--raw and uncensored--inmates sentenced to death as teenagers talk about the...


Author: Westerfeld, Scott.

In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker...

Looking for Alaska

Author: Green, John,

Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good ...


Author: McNamee, Graham.

Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-...


Author: Cohen, Joshua,

High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts,...

Ashes, Ashes

Author: Treggiari, Jo.

In a future Manhattan devastated by environmental catastrophes and epidemics, sixteen-year-old ...


Author: Smith, Roland,

A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest. ...


Author: Horowitz, Anthony,

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced...

Burger Wuss

Author: Anderson, M. T.

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

Fat Vampire

Author: Rex, Adam.

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

Jasper Jones

Author: Silvey, Craig,

In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the...


Author: Crutcher, Chris.

While training for a triathlon, seventeen-year-old Bo attends an anger management group at scho...

Rats Saw God

Author: Thomas, Rob.

In hopes of graduating, Steve York agrees to complete a hundred-page writing assignment which h...


Author: Pratchett, Terry.

After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Dap...


Author: Bradbury, Jennifer.

When best friends Chris and Win go on a cross country bicycle trek the summer after graduating ...

Eighth Grade Bites

Author: Brewer, Heather.

For thirteen years, Vlad, aided by his aunt and best friend, has kept secret that he is half-va...


Author: Anderson, M. T.

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environmen...

The Wednesday Wars

Author: Schmidt, Gary D.

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catec...

Autobiography of my Dead Brother

Author: Myers, Walter Dean,

Jesse uses his sketchbook and comic strips to make sense of his home in Harlem and the loss of ...


Author: Booth, Coe.

Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother a...


Author: Crutcher, Chris.

Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill...


Author: Myers, Walter Dean,

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experien...

Far North

Author: Hobbs, Will.

After the destruction of their floatplane, sixteen-year-old Gabe and his Dene friend, Raymond, ...

The Sea of Trolls

Author: Farmer, Nancy,

After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by V...

Greg Heffley's Journal

Author: Kinney, Jeff.

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

Ender's Game

Author: Card, Orson Scott.

Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is...


Author: Mulligan, Andy.

Fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteri...

The Lightning Thief

Author: Riordan, Rick.

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, g...

The Amulet of Samarkand

Author: Stroud, Jonathan.

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal...


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