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

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