Lists and Suggestions


Category: teens

List: Set in Chicago

Cooper, Ilene.

When seventh-grader Bette finds an angel coin she puts it in her pocket and forgets it but soon the ...

Klise, James, 1967-

When some quirky art donated to a school fundraising effort to help a Pakistani American family, vic...

Goeglein, T. M. (Ted M.)

Sixteen-year-old Chicago preparatory school student Sara Jane Rispoli must unravel a web of complex ...

Smith, Jennifer E.

High school freshman Ryan Walsh, a Chicago Cubs fan, meets Nick when they both skip school on openin...

Springer, Kristina.

While working part-time as a barista in a Chicago coffee bar, high school senior Jane dabbles in mat...

Zulkey, Claire.

Upon arriving at her dorm room, eighteen-year-old Cecily decides to postpone her freshman year of co...

Stella, Leslie.

Being yourself can be such a bad idea. For sixteen-year-old Badi Hessamizadeh, life is a series of h...

Magoon, Kekla.

In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonv...

Gifford, Barry, 1946-

Collects stories centering on a boy named Roy and the people he encounters growing up without a fath...

Just before the most important violin competition of her career, seventeen-year-old prodigy Carmen f...

Green, John, 1977-

When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same na...

Grossman, Nancy, 1956-

Sixteen-year-old Eliza, an Amish girl, goes to work for an "English" family as a nanny to ...

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