Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: If you like the Hunger Games...

Life as we Knew It  cover

Life as we Knew It

Author: Pfeffer, Susan Beth,

Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive aft...

Winter's End  cover

Winter's End

Author: Mourlevat, Jean-Claude.

Fleeing across icy mountains from a pack of terrifying dog-men sent to hunt them down, four tee...

Graceling  cover


Author: Cashore, Kristin.

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

Feed  cover


Author: Anderson, M. T.

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

Incarceron  cover


Author: Fisher, Catherine,

To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Inca...

The Knife of Never Letting Go  cover

The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Ness, Patrick,

Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across Ne...

The Maze Runner  cover

The Maze Runner

Author: Dashner, James,

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must wo...

Uglies  cover


Author: Westerfeld, Scott.

Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Tally is about to turn...

Rash  cover


Author: Hautman, Pete,

In a future society that has decided it would "rather be safe than free," sixteen-year-old Bo's...

Unwind  cover


Author: Shusterman, Neal.

In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "u...

Dr. Franklin's Island  cover

Dr. Franklin's Island

Author: Halam, Ann.

When their plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean, three science students are left stranded on a ...

The Declaration  cover

The Declaration

Author: Malley, Gemma.

In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged A...

The Bar Code Tattoo  cover

The Bar Code Tattoo

Author: Weyn, Suzanne.

The bar code tattoo. Everybody's getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will h...

Girl in the Arena  cover

Girl in the Arena

Author: Haines, Lise.

In Massachusetts, eighteen-year-old Lyn, who has grown up in the public eye as the daughter of ...

The Line  cover

The Line

Author: Hall, Teri.

Rachel thinks that she and her mother are safe working for Ms. Moore at her estate close to The...

Salt  cover


Author: Gee, Maurice.

Hari, one of the enslaved people from Blood Burrow, and Pearl, a member of the ruling families known...

Candor  cover


Author: Bachorz, Pam,

For a fee, "model teen" Oscar Banks has been secretly--and selectively-- sabotaging the subliminal m...

Truancy  cover


Author: Fukui, Isamu,

In the City, where an iron-fisted Mayor's goal is perfect control through education, fifteen-year-ol...

The Other Side of the Island  cover

The Other Side of the Island

Author: Goodman, Allegra.

Born in the eighteenth year of Enclosure, ten-year-old Honor lives in a highly regulated colony with...

Tomorrow, When the War Began  cover

Tomorrow, When the War Began

Author: Marsden, John,

When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they're leaving their old lives behind fore...

Birthmarked  cover


Author: O'Brien, Caragh M.

In a future world baked dry by the sun and divided into those who live inside the wall and those who...

Mortal Engines  cover

Mortal Engines

Author: Reeve, Philip.

In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprenti...

Leviathan  cover


Author: Westerfeld, Scott.

In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powe...


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