Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: Gamer Novels

Coda  cover


Author: Trevayne, Emma, author.

"Ever since he was a young boy, music has coursed through the veins of eighteen-year-old Anthem ...

Don't Turn Around  cover

Don't Turn Around

Author: Gagnon, Michelle, 1971-

After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with...

Epic  cover


Author: Kostick, Conor, 1964-

On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik persuades his f...

Evil Genius  cover

Evil Genius

Author: Jinks, Catherine.

Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he e...

The Eye of Minds  cover

The Eye of Minds

Author: Dashner, James, 1972- author.

"Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist b...

Feed  cover


Author: Anderson, M. T.

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment...

For the Win  cover

For the Win

Author: Doctorow, Cory.

A group of teens from around the world find themselves drawn into an online revolution arranged ...

Free to Fall  cover

Free to Fall

Author: Miller, Lauren (Lauren McBrayer), 1980-

"In a near-future world where everyone is controlled by their smartphones, sixteen-year-old Rory...

Gamer Girl  cover

Gamer Girl

Author: Mancusi, Mari.

Struggling to fit in after her parents' divorce sends her from Boston to her grandmother's house...

Heir Apparent  cover

Heir Apparent

Author: Vande Velde, Vivian.

While playing a total immersion virtual reality game of kings and intrigue, fourteen-year-old Gi...

Insignia  cover


Author: Kincaid, S. J.

Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Mili...

Ready Player One  cover

Ready Player One

Author: Cline, Ernest.

"In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive...

Rush  cover


Author: Silver, Eve.

Rochester, New York, high schooler Miki Jones is pulled into a sort of a game in which she and o...

Z  cover


Author: Ford, Michael Thomas.

In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is inv...


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