Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: Set in Chicago

An Angel in my Pocket  cover

An Angel in my Pocket

Author: Cooper, Ilene.

When seventh-grader Bette finds an angel coin she puts it in her pocket and forgets it but soon...

The Art of Secrets  cover

The Art of Secrets

Author: Klise, James, 1967-

When some quirky art donated to a school fundraising effort to help a Pakistani American family...

Cold Fury  cover

Cold Fury

Author: Goeglein, T. M. (Ted M.)

Sixteen-year-old Chicago preparatory school student Sara Jane Rispoli must unravel a web of com...

The Comeback Season  cover

The Comeback Season

Author: Smith, Jennifer E.

High school freshman Ryan Walsh, a Chicago Cubs fan, meets Nick when they both skip school on o...

The Espressologist  cover

The Espressologist

Author: Springer, Kristina.

While working part-time as a barista in a Chicago coffee bar, high school senior Jane dabbles i...

An Off Year  cover

An Off Year

Author: Zulkey, Claire.

Upon arriving at her dorm room, eighteen-year-old Cecily decides to postpone her freshman year ...

Permanent Record  cover

Permanent Record

Author: Stella, Leslie.

Being yourself can be such a bad idea. For sixteen-year-old Badi Hessamizadeh, life is a series...

The Rock and the River  cover

The Rock and the River

Author: Magoon, Kekla.

In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonv...

Sad Stories of the Death of Kings  cover

Sad Stories of the Death of Kings

Author: Gifford, Barry, 1946-

Collects stories centering on a boy named Roy and the people he encounters growing up without a...

Virtuosity  cover


Author: Martínez, Jessica.

Just before the most important violin competition of her career, seventeen-year-old prodigy Car...

Will Grayson, Will Grayson  cover

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Author: Green, John, 1977-

When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the sa...

A World Away  cover

A World Away

Author: Grossman, Nancy, 1956-

Sixteen-year-old Eliza, an Amish girl, goes to work for an "English" family as a nanny to two y...


  • 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