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

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