Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: War and Soldiers

Above the Dreamless Dead cover

Above the Dreamless Dead


A collection of World War I poetry interpreted by cartoonists. ...

Divided we Fall  cover

Divided we Fall

Author: Reedy, Trent.

Danny Wright, seventeen, joined the Idaho Army National Guard to serve the country as his father ...

The Harlem Hellfighters  cover

The Harlem Hellfighters

Author: Brooks, Max, author.

"This is a graphic novel about the first African-American regiment to fight in World War One"-- ...

I Pledge Allegiance  cover

I Pledge Allegiance

Author: Lynch, Chris, 1962-

Four best friends serving in the Vietnam War make a pledge to one another that they will do all t...

If You're Reading This  cover

If You're Reading This

Author: Reedy, Trent, author.

For a responsible sixteen-year-old, Michael Wilson has a lot of problems--his father was killed i...

Mare's War  cover

Mare's War

Author: Davis, Tanita S.

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to ta...

Personal Effects  cover

Personal Effects

Author: Kokie, E. M.

Matt has been sleepwalking through life while seeking answers about his brother T.J.'s death in I...

Purple Heart  cover

Purple Heart

Author: McCormick, Patricia, 1956-

While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq ...

Soldier Boys  cover

Soldier Boys

Author: Hughes, Dean, 1943-

Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War...

Soldier's Heart  cover

Soldier's Heart

Author: Paulsen, Gary.


Somebody, Please Tell me Who I Am  cover

Somebody, Please Tell me Who I Am

Author: Mazer, Harry.

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain ...

The Things a Brother Knows  cover

The Things a Brother Knows

Author: Reinhardt, Dana.

Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boa...

Torn  cover


Author: Massey, David (David Robert), 1960-

Only eighteen when she is sent to Afghanistan, British army medic Elinor Nielson is continually a...

War Is cover

War Is




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