Lists and Suggestions for Teens

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Author: Jones, Carrie.

Belle is a high school junior who expects to marry her long-term boyfriend one day, until he tells ...

Jason & Kyra

Author: Davidson, Dana,

Handsome and popular Jason tries to come to terms with his irascible, often absent father and his g...

A bad boy can be good for a girl :

Author: Stone, Tanya Lee.

Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva all get mixed up with a senior boy who can talk them into doing almost ...

The Schwa was here

Author: Shusterman, Neal.

A Brooklyn eighth-grader nicknamed Antsy befriends the Schwa, an "invisible-ish" boy who is tired o...

The secret year

Author: Hubbard, Jennifer R.

Reading the journal of the high-society girl he was secretly involved with for a year helps high sc...

Never cry werewolf

Author: Davis, Heather,

Forced to attend a camp for teens with behavior problems, sixteen-year-old Shelby Locke's attempts ...

Saving Maddie

Author: Johnson, Varian.

"Joshua Wynn is definitely what you would call a good guy. He's a preacher's son who chooses abstin...

The first part last

Author: Johnson, Angela,

Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored...

Hush, hush

Author: Fitzpatrick, Becca.

High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who ...

Romiette and Julio

Author: Draper, Sharon M.

Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, discover that they attend the same h...

Fabulous :

Author: Bryant, Simone.

"There's no such thing as being too rich, too popular, or too fabulous...Pace Academy is an exclusi...

If I was your girl

Author: Simone, Ni-Ni.

In the tradition of the Drama High series comes a fresh, hip novel following urban teens as they st...

Crazy beautiful

Author: Baratz-Logsted, Lauren.

In this contemporary retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," a teenaged boy whose hands were amputated...

Winter longing

Author: Mills, Tricia.

Tundra, Alaska, high school senior Winter learns about love, loss, and starting over when her boyfr...

Stay with me

Author: Griffin, Paul,

Fifteen-year-olds Mack, a high school drop-out but a genius with dogs, and Céce, who hopes to use ...

Standing against the wind

Author: Jones, Traci L.

As she tries to escape her poor Chicago neighborhood by winning a scholarship to a prestigious boar...

North of beautiful

Author: Headley, Justina Chen,

Terra, a sensitive, artistic high school senior born with a facial port-wine stain, struggles with ...

Love (and other uses for duct tape)

Author: Jones, Carrie.

When Belle, now a high school senior, faces the possibility of finally sleeping with Tom, her duct-...

The summer I turned pretty

Author: Han, Jenny.

Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, bu...

Amy & Roger's epic detour

Author: Matson, Morgan.

After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out o...


Author: Davidson, Dana,

When one of Ian's boys dares him to sleep with plain-faced, nobody Kylie Winship, he thinks it will...


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