Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: Mythological Novels

Abandon  cover

Abandon

Author: Cabot, Meg.

A near-death experience, a horrible incident at school, and a move from Connecticut to Florida ha...

Antigoddess  cover

Antigoddess

Author: Blake, Kendare.

Athena and Hermes' search for the cause of their unexpected, life-threatening illnesses leads the...

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Beauty's Daughter

Author: Meyer, Carolyn, 1935-

When renowned beauty Helen runs off to Troy with Prince Paris, her enraged husband, King Menelaus...

Cupid  cover

Cupid

Author: Lester, Julius.

Cupid, the spoiled and mischievous god of love, is attracted to and marries the beautiful mortal,...

Dark of the Moon  cover

Dark of the Moon

Author: Barrett, Tracy, 1955-

Retells the story of the minotaur through the eyes of his fifteen-year-old sister, Ariadne, a lon...

Dreams of Gods & Monsters  cover

Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Author: Taylor, Laini.

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera, and seraphim wil...

The Goddess Test  cover

The Goddess Test

Author: Carter, Aimée, 1986-

Eden, Michigan, high school student Kate Winters strikes a bargain with Henry, Greek god of the u...

Ithaka  cover

Ithaka

Author: Geras, Adèle.

The island of Ithaka is overrun with uncouth suitors demanding that Penelope choose a new husband...

King of Ithaka  cover

King of Ithaka

Author: Barrett, Tracy, 1955-

When sixteen-year-old Telemachos and his two best friends, one a centaur, leave their life of pri...

The Lightning Thief  cover

The Lightning Thief

Author: Riordan, Rick.

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

The Lost Hero  cover

The Lost Hero

Author: Riordan, Rick.

Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for "bad kids," find themselves at Camp Half-...

Love in the Time of Global Warming  cover

Love in the Time of Global Warming

Author: Block, Francesca Lia.

After a devastating earthquake destroys the West Coast, causing seventeen-year-old Penelope to lo...

Nightsong : The Legend of Orpheus and Eurydice  cover

Nightsong : The Legend of Orpheus and Eurydice

Author: Cadnum, Michael.

Expands on the myth of Orpheus, a young poet and musician who undertakes a terrifying journey to ...

Nobody's Prize  cover

Nobody's Prize

Author: Friesner, Esther M.

Still longing for adventure, Princess Helen of Sparta maintains her disguise as a boy to join her...

Psyche in a Dress  cover

Psyche in a Dress

Author: Block, Francesca Lia.

A young woman, Psyche, searches for her lost love and questions her true self in a modern retelli...

The Red Pyramid  cover

The Red Pyramid

Author: Riordan, Rick.

After their father's research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Ca...

The Sea of Trolls  cover

The Sea of Trolls

Author: Farmer, Nancy, 1941-

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

Search for Senna  cover

Search for Senna

Author: Applegate, Katherine.

David and the others followed Senna and found themselves in a world they could not have imagined....

The Shadow Prince  cover

The Shadow Prince

Author: Despain, Bree, 1979-

In this modern retelling of the Persephone myth, Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrea...

The Shadow Thieves  cover

The Shadow Thieves

Author: Ursu, Anne.

After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to sav...

Snakehead  cover

Snakehead

Author: Halam, Ann.

Compelled by his father Zeus to accept the evil king Polydectes's challenge to bring the head of ...

Solstice  cover

Solstice

Author: Hoover, P. J. (Patricia J.), 1970-

Eighteen-year-old Piper lives with her controlling mother amid a Global Heating Crisis, but when ...


Awards

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