Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: Inspiring Reads

The Cardturner  cover

The Cardturner

Author: Sachar, Louis, 1954-

When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-ol...

Curveball : The Year I Lost My Grip  cover

Curveball : The Year I Lost My Grip

Author: Sonnenblick, Jordan.

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman's athletic dreams, he concentrates on ph...

Dairy Queen  cover

Dairy Queen

Author: Murdock, Catherine Gilbert.

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's ...

Deadline  cover


Author: Crutcher, Chris.

Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill ...

Hatchet  cover


Author: Paulsen, Gary.

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning ...

Lock and Key  cover

Lock and Key

Author: Dessen, Sarah.

When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora...

The Running Dream  cover

The Running Dream

Author: Van Draanen, Wendelin.

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school wit...

Say What You Will  cover

Say What You Will

Author: McGovern, Cammie.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even ful...

Shark Girl  cover

Shark Girl

Author: Bingham, Kelly L., 1967-

After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring ...

Stargirl  cover


Author: Spinelli, Jerry.

In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of fi...


  • 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
  • Coretta Scott King Award
  • Outstandingly inspirational books that promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all people
  • 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