Books for Teens
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Teen Book Reviews
Find out which books readers in grades 6-12 recommend to fellow teens like you! Check out these book reviews written by local middle school and high school students.
Check out these read-alikes for popular series and authors for young adults.
These books have many similarities with the Harry Potter series, including adventure stories, battles between good and evil, and schools for learning magic.
These books are similar to books written by Sarah J. Maas, featuring high fantasy romances with strong female protagonists.
Similar to the Hunger Games, these titles are all the first books in their own series about surviving and thriving in dystopian worlds.
These titles are similar to books written by Jenny Han because they are all contemporary romances with humor and heart.
Explore Award Books for Teens
Read the best of the best as determined annually by authors, critics, librarians, teachers, and fellow teens.
Read for a Lifetime is a statewide reading program that targets high school students. This initiative promotes the enjoyment of reading by encouraging students to read both classic and contemporary literature, and rewards them for their efforts. By participating in the program, students develop a love of books and reading that will last a lifetime.
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools.
The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year.
The Lincoln Award is given to the book from that year's master list that earns the highest number of student votes. Each year, a panel of high school librarians, teachers, public librarians and students determines the final master list of twenty titles chosen from YA fiction and nonfiction books nominated by teachers or librarians.