Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: Superpowers

The Awakening  cover

The Awakening

Author: Carroll, Michael Owen, 1966-

Ten years after the disappearance of superhumans--both heroes and villains--thirteen-year-old...

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X  cover

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

Author: Patterson, James, 1947-

Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents' footsteps as the Alien Hunter, extermina...

Don't Even Think About It cover

Don't Even Think About It

Author: Mlynowski, Sarah.

"What happens when a group of Tribeca high school kids go in for flu shots . . . and end up b...

Fated  cover


Author: Noël, Alyson.

"Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time...

Gifts  cover


Author: Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-

When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of "unmaking"--a viol...

Gone  cover


Author: Grant, Michael, 1954-

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disapp...

Gorgeous  cover


Author: Rudnick, Paul.

When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle's mother dies, she is whisked away from a trailer park to...

Graceling  cover


Author: Cashore, Kristin.

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Kat...

A Great and Terrible Beauty  cover

A Great and Terrible Beauty

Author: Bray, Libba.

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, ...

Hero  cover


Author: Moore, Perry.

Thom Creed, the gay son of a disowned superhero, finds that he, too, has special powers and i...

Hex Hall  cover

Hex Hall

Author: Hawkins, Rachel, 1979-

When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she...

Zeroes  cover


Author: Westerfeld, Scott.

Told from separate viewpoints, teens Scam, Crash, Flicker, Anonymous, Bellwether, and Kelsie, al...

The Midnight Twins  cover

The Midnight Twins

Author: Mitchard, Jacquelyn.

Identical twins Meredith and Mallory Brynn have always shared one another's thoughts, even as...

Numbers  cover


Author: Ward, Rachel, 1964-

Fifteen-year-old Jem knows when she looks at someone the exact date they will die, so she avo...

The Raven Boys  cover

The Raven Boys

Author: Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981- author.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk pa...

The Secret Hour  cover

The Secret Hour

Author: Westerfeld, Scott.

Upon moving to Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Jessica Day learns that she is one of a grou...

Shadowland  cover


Author: Cabot, Meg.

After moving from New York to California with her newly married mother, 16-year-old Susannah ...

Steelheart  cover


Author: Sanderson, Brandon.

At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powe...

Strange Angels  cover

Strange Angels

Author: St. Crow, Lili.

Sixteen-year-old Dru's psychic abilities helped her father battle zombies and other creatures...

Tempest  cover


Author: Cross, Julie.

After his girlfriend Holly is fatally shot during a violent struggle, nineteen-year-old Jacks...

Things Not Seen  cover

Things Not Seen

Author: Clements, Andrew, 1949-

"Teens, especially those not in the uber-popular set, know all about feeling invisible. But w...

The Vindico  cover

The Vindico

Author: King, Wesley.

When supervillains of the Vindico realize they are getting too old to fight the League of Her...

Wake  cover


Author: McMann, Lisa.

Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollabl...


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