Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: Horror Novels

Scowler  cover


Author: Kraus, Daniel, 1975-

In the midst of a 1981 meteor shower in Iowa, a homicidal maniac escapes from prison and returns ...

Bad Girls Don't Die  cover

Bad Girls Don't Die

Author: Alender, Katie.

When fifteen-year-old Lexi's younger sister Kasey begins behaving strangely and their old Victo...

Clay  cover


Author: Almond, David,

The developing relationship between teenager Davie and a mysterious new boy in town morphs into...

The Forest of Hands and Teeth  cover

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Author: Ryan, Carrie.

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially w...

Gentlemen  cover


Author: Northrop, Michael.

When three teenaged boys suspect that their English teacher is responsible for their friend's d...

Killing Britney  cover

Killing Britney

Author: Olin, Sean.

Britney is the girl everyone loves to hate. Ever since Britney transformed herself from freak-a...

Coraline  cover


Author: Gaiman, Neil.

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is simila...

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray  cover

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray

Author: Wooding, Chris,

As Thaniel, a wych-hunter, and Cathaline, his friend and mentor, try to rid the alleys of Londo...

The Enemy  cover

The Enemy

Author: Higson, Charles,

After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures...

Monster Island  cover

Monster Island

Author: Wellington, David.

It's one month after a global disaster. Manhattan has become Monster Island after a plague has ...

Gone  cover


Author: Grant, Michael,

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappea...

The Monstrumologist  cover

The Monstrumologist

Author: Yancey, Richard.

In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientis...

The Summoning  cover

The Summoning

Author: Armstrong, Kelley.

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

Wake  cover


Author: McMann, Lisa.

Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably ...

Rotters  cover


Author: Kraus, Daniel, 1975-

Sixteen-year-old Joey's life takes a very strange turn when his mother's tragic death forces him t...

The Road of the Dead  cover

The Road of the Dead

Author: Brooks, Kevin.

Two brothers, sons of an incarcerated gypsy, leave London traveling to an isolated and desolate...

The Dead Boys  cover

The Dead Boys

Author: Buckingham, Royce.

Timid twelve-year-old Teddy Mathews and his mother move to a small, remote desert town in easte...

Bloodline  cover


Author: Cary, Kate.

In this story told primarily through journal entries, a British soldier in World War I makes th...

Thirteen Days to Midnight  cover

Thirteen Days to Midnight

Author: Carman, Patrick.

In the aftermath of the accident that killed his foster father, high school student Jacob Field...

Stranger with my Face  cover

Stranger with my Face

Author: Duncan, Lois,

A seventeen-year-old senses she is being spied on and probably impersonated, but when she disco...

The Black Tattoo  cover

The Black Tattoo

Author: Enthoven, Sam.

When his best friend, Charlie, is possessed by an ancient demon, fourteen-year-old Jack, accomp...

Sleepless  cover


Author: Fahy, Thomas Richard.

Terrified by the gruesome nightmares and unexplained bouts of sleepwalking that seem to be affe...

The Unspoken  cover

The Unspoken

Author: Fahy, Thomas Richard.

Six teens are drawn back to the small, North Carolina town where they once lived and, one by on...

The Devouring  cover

The Devouring

Author: Holt, Simon.

The existence of Vours, supernatural creatures who feast on fear and attack on the eve of the w...

Night Road  cover

Night Road

Author: Jenkins, A. M.

Battling his own memories and fears, Cole, an extraordinarily conscientious vampire, and Sandor...

Bonechiller  cover


Author: McNamee, Graham.

Four high school students face off against a soul-stealing beast that has been making young peo...

Bliss  cover


Author: Myracle, Lauren,

Having grown up in a California commune, Bliss sees her aloof grandmother's Atlanta world as a ...

Three Quarters Dead  cover

Three Quarters Dead

Author: Peck, Richard,

Sophomore loner Kerry is overjoyed when three popular senior girls pick her to be in their cliq...

Devil's Footsteps  cover

Devil's Footsteps

Author: Richardson, E. E.

After the disappearance of his brother Adam, thirteen-year-old Bryan faces a shadowy, centuries...

Birth of a Killer  cover

Birth of a Killer

Author: Shan, Darren.

When his cousin is murdered at the factory where they both work as child laborers, young Larten...

The Thin Executioner  cover

The Thin Executioner

Author: Shan, Darren.

In a nation of warriors where weakness is shunned and all crimes, no matter how minor, are puni...

The Marbury Lens  cover

The Marbury Lens

Author: Smith, Andrew

After being kidnapped and barely escaping, sixteen-year-old Jack goes to London with his best f...

Project 17  cover

Project 17

Author: Stolarz, Laurie Faria,

High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Danvers State Hospital. Built in 1878 and closed in ...

Creature of the Night  cover

Creature of the Night

Author: Thompson, Kate,

Bobby lives a reckless life smoking, drinking, and stealing cars in Dublin. So his mother moves...

The Killer's Cousin  cover

The Killer's Cousin

Author: Werlin, Nancy.

After being acquitted of murder, seventeen-year-old David goes to stay with relatives in Cambri...

The Well  cover

The Well

Author: Whitten, A. J.

Fourteen-year-old Cooper must face a monster trapped for two centuries in a well near his stepf...

Nightwood  cover


Author: Windsor, Patricia.

The lives of several teenagers intertwine and turn nightmarish as they flee from a hideous mons...

Lockdown  cover


Author: Smith, Alexander Gordon,

When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitenti...

Fear  cover


Author: Stine, R. L.

In 13 blood-chilling stories from such masters of suspense as R.L. Stine, MegCabot, Heather Gra...

Gothic!  cover


Author: Noyes, Deborah.

Drawing on dark fantasy and the fairy tale as well as horror and wild humor, ten acclaimed auth...

Pretty Monsters  cover

Pretty Monsters

Author: Link, Kelly.

A collection of nine short stories for young adults. ...

666  cover



Eighteen winners of the Bram Stoker award contribute tales of evil, darkness, and beasts. ...

All Hallows' Eve  cover

All Hallows' Eve

Author: Vande Velde, Vivian.

Presents thirteen tales of Halloween horrors, including ghosts, vampires, and pranks gone awry....

Being Dead  cover

Being Dead

Author: Vande Velde, Vivian.

Seven supernatural stories, all having something to do with death. ...


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