Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: Realistic Fiction

Tales of the Madman Underground  cover

Tales of the Madman Underground

Author: Barnes, John,

In September 1973, as the school year begins in his depressed Ohio town, high-school senior K...

Perfect Chemistry  cover

Perfect Chemistry

Author: Elkeles, Simone.

When wealthy, seemingly perfect Brittany and Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side ...

Schooled  cover


Author: Korman, Gordon.

Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television...

Speak  cover


Author: Anderson, Laurie Halse.

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman y...

Jellicoe Road  cover

Jellicoe Road

Author: Marchetta, Melina,

Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markha...

Reality Check  cover

Reality Check

Author: Abrahams, Peter,

After a knee injury destroys sixteen-year-old Cody's college hopes, he drops out of high scho...

All Unquiet Things  cover

All Unquiet Things

Author: Jarzab, Anna.

After the death of his ex-girlfriend Carly, northern California high school student Neily joi...

Queen of Secrets  cover

Queen of Secrets

Author: Meyerhoff, Jenny.

Fifteen-year-old Essie Green, an orphan who has been raised by her secular Jewish grandparent...

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian  cover

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Alexie, Sherman,

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to att...

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin  cover

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin

Author: Berk, Josh.

When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high schoo...

Carter Finally Gets It  cover

Carter Finally Gets It

Author: Crawford, Brent.

Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high schoo...

Crunch Time  cover

Crunch Time

Author: Fredericks, Mariah.

Four students, who have formed a study group to prepare for the SAT exam, sustain each other ...

The Rule of Won  cover

The Rule of Won

Author: Petrucha, Stefan.

Caleb Dunne, the quintessential slacker, is pressured by his girlfriend to join a high school...

The Queen Geek Social Club  cover

The Queen Geek Social Club

Author: Preble, Laura.

Seeking more of their own kind and wanting to shake things up at school, fifteen-year-old She...

How to Say Goodbye in Robot  cover

How to Say Goodbye in Robot

Author: Standiford, Natalie.

After moving to Baltimore and enrolling in a private school, high school senior Beatrice befr...

Viola in Reel Life  cover

Viola in Reel Life

Author: Trigiani, Adriana.

When fourteen-year-old Viola is sent from her beloved Brooklyn to boarding school in Indiana ...

Rikers High  cover

Rikers High

Author: Volponi, Paul.

Arrested on a minor offense, a New York City teenager attends high school in the jail facilit...

Food, Girls, and Other Things I can't Have  cover

Food, Girls, and Other Things I can't Have

Author: Zadoff, Allen.

Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the vars...

After  cover


Author: Efaw, Amy.

In complete denial that she is pregnant, straight-A student and star athlete Devon Davenport ...

After the Moment  cover

After the Moment

Author: Freymann-Weyr, Garret,

When seventeen-year-old Leigh changes high schools his senior year to help his stepsister, he...

Artichoke's Heart  cover

Artichoke's Heart

Author: Supplee, Suzanne.

When she is almost sixteen years old, Rosemary decides she is sick of being overweight, mocke...

Destroy all Cars  cover

Destroy all Cars

Author: Nelson, Blake,

Through assignments for English class, seventeen-year-old James Hoff rants against consumeris...

Flash Burnout  cover

Flash Burnout

Author: Madigan, L. K.

"Telephoto lens. Zoom. In a shutter release millisecond, Blake's world turns upside down. The...

Game  cover


Author: Myers, Walter Dean,

If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, th...

Hold Still  cover

Hold Still

Author: LaCour, Nina.

As Caitlin struggles to cope with her best friend Ingrid's suicide, she turns inward and quie...

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder  cover

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder

Author: Halpern, Julie,

When high school sophomore Jessie's long-term best friend transforms herself into a punk and ...

Jumped  cover


Author: Williams-Garcia, Rita.

The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of ...

Marcelo in the Real World  cover

Marcelo in the Real World

Author: Stork, Francisco X.

Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectr...

No More us for You  cover

No More us for You

Author: Hernandez, David,

Isabel and Carlos, both seventeen, find themselves growing closer after an unexpected acciden...

Pop  cover


Author: Korman, Gordon.

Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus ...

Shooting Star  cover

Shooting Star

Author: McKissack, Fredrick,

Jomo Rogers, a naturally talented athlete, starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order...

Some Girls Are  cover

Some Girls Are

Author: Summers, Courtney.

Regina, a high school senior in the popular--and feared--crowd, suddenly falls out of favor a...

Struts & Frets  cover

Struts & Frets

Author: Skovron, Jon.

Sammy wants to be a musician, as was his grandfather, but while the band he is in is self-des...

Swim the Fly  cover

Swim the Fly

Author: Calame, Don.

"Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves...

The Life of Glass  cover

The Life of Glass

Author: Cantor, Jillian.

Throughout her freshman year of high school, fourteen-year-old Melissa struggles to hold onto...

Thirteen Reasons Why  cover

Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Asher, Jay.

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette...

Hate List  cover

Hate List

Author: Brown, Jennifer,

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of thei...


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