Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: Foodie Books for Teens

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have  cover

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have

Author: Zadoff, Allen.

Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsit...

Tantalize  cover


Author: Smith, Cynthia Leitich.

When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family's vampire-t...

Burger Wuss  cover

Burger Wuss

Author: Anderson, M. T.

Hoping to lose his loser image, Anthony plans revenge on a bully which results in a war between...

A la Carte  cover

A la Carte

Author: Davis, Tanita S.

Lainey, a high school senior and aspiring celebrity chef, is forced to question her priorities ...

Hope was Here  cover

Hope was Here

Author: Bauer, Joan,

When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisc...

Squashed  cover


Author: Bauer, Joan,

As a sixteen-year-old pursues her two goals--growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa and losing twe...

Hot Lunch  cover

Hot Lunch

Author: Bradley, Alex.

When Molly and Cassie are assigned to work in the kitchen as a punishment for their food fight,...

She's so Money  cover

She's so Money

Author: Cheva, Cherry.

Good girl Maya teams up with an unlikely ally Camden, the popular jock, plotting a devious plan...

The Truth About Forever  cover

The Truth About Forever

Author: Dessen, Sarah.

The summer following her father's death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her bra...

Recipe for Disaster  cover

Recipe for Disaster

Author: Fergus, Maureen.

Francie's life is almost perfect before new girl Darlene shows up. She has her own business as ...

Fat Boy Swim  cover

Fat Boy Swim

Author: Forde, Catherine,

Fourteen-year-old Jimmy Kelly is "Fat Boy Fat," the largest kid in his Scottish community, who ...

The Teashop Girls  cover

The Teashop Girls

Author: Schaefer, Laura.

Fourteen-year-old Annie, along with her two best friends, tries desperately to save her grandmo...

Flavor of the Week  cover

Flavor of the Week

Author: Shaw, Tucker.

Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends with Rose but wishes he could be more, helps his b...

The Espressologist  cover

The Espressologist

Author: Springer, Kristina.

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

My Cup Runneth Over  cover

My Cup Runneth Over

Author: Whytock, Cherry.

Believing she is too big, fourteen-year-old Angel tries dieting and kick-boxing to lose weight,...

The Sweet Life of Stella Madison  cover

The Sweet Life of Stella Madison

Author: Zeises, Lara M.

Seventeen-year-old Stella struggles with the separation of her renowned chef parents, writing a...

Dear Julia  cover

Dear Julia

Author: Zemser, Amy Bronwen.

Shy sixteen-year-old Elaine has long dreamed of being the next Julia Child, to the dismay of he...

Kitchen Princess cover

Kitchen Princess

Author: Andō, Natsumi.

Najika left the rural orphanage she knows as home to attend Seika Academy in Tokyo in the hopes...

Iron Wok Jan! cover

Iron Wok Jan!

Author: Saijō, Shinji.

Statements of responsibility vary from issue to issue. ...

Antique Bakery cover

Antique Bakery

Author: Yoshinaga, Fumi,


The Secret Ingredient  cover

The Secret Ingredient

Author: Schaefer, Laura.

While working at her grandmother's Madison, Wisconsin, teashop, fourteen-year-old Annie hears o...


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