Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: Fantasy

Graceling  cover


Author: Cashore, Kristin.

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Ka...

The Alchemyst  cover

The Alchemyst

Author: Scott, Michael,

While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, ...

Fall of a Kingdom  cover

Fall of a Kingdom

Author: Bell, Hilari.

In this first volume of The Book of Sorahb, Bell introduces readers to a world of honor, dan...

Faerie Wars  cover

Faerie Wars

Author: Brennan, Herbie.

Troubled by family problems, Henry finds his life taking a whole new dimension when he and h...

Reckless  cover


Author: Funke, Cornelia Caroline.

Jacob and Will Reckless have looked out for each other ever since their father disappeared, ...

Fire Bringer  cover

Fire Bringer

Author: Clement-Davies, David,

Ancient prophecies are fulfilled in these two favorite epic fantasies by David Clement-Davie...

The Singer of all Songs  cover

The Singer of all Songs

Author: Constable, Kate,

Calwyn, a young priestess of ice magic, or "chantment," joins with other chanters who have d...

The Named  cover

The Named

Author: Curley, Marianne.

Ethan, one of the Named, fights the Order of Chaos and its destruction in the present by tra...

Murkmere  cover


Author: Elliott, Patricia,

A village girl, newly companion to the Master's ward in the days following the Ministration,...

Half World  cover

Half World

Author: Goto, Hiromi,

"Melanie Tamaki is an outsider. She is unpopular at school. At home, where she and her lovin...

The Seer and the Sword  cover

The Seer and the Sword

Author: Hanley, Victoria.

Princess Torina, who has the ability to see the future, and her friend Landen, who seeks a s...

The Hero and the Crown  cover

The Hero and the Crown

Author: McKinley, Robin.

Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthr...

Melting Stones  cover

Melting Stones

Author: Pierce, Tamora.

Residents of the island of Starns send for help from Winding Circle temple, and when prickly...

The Amulet of Samarkand  cover

The Amulet of Samarkand

Author: Stroud, Jonathan.

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

The Summoning  cover

The Summoning

Author: Armstrong, Kelley.

After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious gr...

Dragonsong  cover


Author: McCaffrey, Anne.

Forbidden by her father to indulge in music in any way, a girl on the planet Pern runs away,...

City of the Beasts  cover

City of the Beasts

Author: Allende, Isabel.

When fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his individualistic grandmother on an exped...

Skellig  cover


Author: Almond, David,

Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house...

Hawksong  cover


Author: Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia.

In a land that has been at war so long that no one remembers the reason for fighting, the sh...

Once Upon a Marigold  cover

Once Upon a Marigold

Author: Ferris, Jean,

A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who ...

The Goose Girl  cover

The Goose Girl

Author: Hale, Shannon.

On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and...

Alchemy  cover


Author: Mahy, Margaret.

Seventeen-year-old Roland discovers that an unpopular girl in his school is studying alchemy...

East  cover


Author: Pattou, Edith.

A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the vict...

The Wee Free Men : cover

The Wee Free Men :

Author: Pratchett, Terry.

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high bl...

Artemis Fowl  cover

Artemis Fowl

Author: Colfer, Eoin.

When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy ...

The Golden Compass  cover

The Golden Compass

Author: Pullman, Philip,

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidna...


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