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Booklists

Cheat READ posterSometimes finding the right book for you is a bit of a pain - there's gotta be something good out there, but where to find it?  And once you've found an author or series that you love and can't live without, how do you find out when the next book is coming?  These booklists are here to help inspire you or to just point you in the *hopefully* right direction!


  • Unmask!: Teen Summer Reading 2015
    • Not sure what to read this summer?  Here's a list of books that you may have recently heard about at school, when our Young Adult Librarian visited!

  • Biographies for Teens
    • Need to read a biography for a report, but worried that you're in for a dull book?  It's okay, these biographies cover a variety of interests and time periods!  Everything from whales to wars, surfers and astronauts, mountains or oceans.
  • Go on a Journey: Travel books
    • This list contains books about travel: road trips, voyages around the world, traveling through time and space, and epic journeys.  You’ll find a mix of stories set in the present, past, future, and fantasies. 

  • Hunger Games Read-alikes
    • If you loved Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series, there's a good chance you'll like some of the books on this list.  From science fiction to tough heroines to rebellions to survival, you'll find a little bit of everything that makes the Hunger Games so awesome on this list.
  • Looking Back: Historical Fiction
    • Everything seemed so much simpler in the past, didn't it?  Yeah, right.  These books are all set in the past, from ancient times to the Renaissance to the 1960s.  Get a taste of history and discovery that a textbook isn't the only way to explore the past.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower Read-alikes
    • Seen the movie?  Read the book?  Looking for more?  Feel infinite, with our lengthy list of books that capture a similar feeling to being a wallflower.
  • Science Fiction for Teens
    • Looking for science fiction full of action?  Steampunk?  Dystopias?  Maybe sci-fi with a little romance thrown in?  There are lots of options when it comes to the future!
    • Click here to download a copy of this list (pdf)
  • Spooky Books for Teens
    • Find a touch of the supernatural, the creepy, and sometimes the funny and romantic!  This list is a blend of ghosts, witches, monsters, and bogeymen.
  • Twi-likes - a list of books for people who loved (or just liked) the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

  • Book Awards

    Alex Award

    The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

    Coretta Scott King Award

    The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

    Evergreen Teen Book Award

    The Evergreen Teen Book Award is sponsored by the Washington Young Adult Review Group (WashYARG), a group comprised of school and public librarians from the state of Washington. The award was created to give teens in the state a voice in deciding the best literature aimed at their age group.

    Morris Award 

    The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.  The award's namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults.

    National Book Award

    The National Book Foundation's mission is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. Search for the Young People's Literature section for a focus on teen literature.

    Newbery Award

    The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

    Odyssey Award

    This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

  • Useful Book Websites

    Fantastic Fiction (www.fantasticfiction.co.uk)
    An excellent website for looking up series and upcoming books by some of your favorite authors.

    No Flying, No Tights

    A website dedicated to reviewing graphic novels and anime. Covering a wide range of genres, this site has recommendations for kids, teens, and adults.

    Reading Rants (http://www.readingrants.org/)
    A website with themed booklists for teens. Teens can respond to reviews and write their own. Lists include "Home Fries: country-fied books for teens", "Riot Grrrl!", "Closet Club", and "Teen Tearjerkers", just to name a few!

    Teenreads (www.teenreads.com)
    Of course teens read! This website posts reviews of new books for teens, but also has monthly contests for new books and a great calendar to show you what will soon be published.