Lists and Suggestions


Category: teens

List: Inspiring Reads

Sachar, Louis, 1954-

When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Al...

Sonnenblick, Jordan.

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman's athletic dreams, he concentrates on p...

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert.

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's...

Crutcher, Chris.

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

Paulsen, Gary.

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to s...

Dessen, Sarah.

When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, th...

Van Draanen, Wendelin.

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a ...

McGovern, Cammie.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fu...

Bingham, Kelly L., 1967-

After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring arti...

Spinelli, Jerry.

In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first ...

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
  • Coretta Scott King Award
  • Outstandingly inspirational books that promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all people
  • 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