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Books for Teens

Teen Reads
Browse titles chosen by our Librarians and arranged by popular topics.

Looking for a Classic?
Whether you’re looking for a book for an assignment or for fun, we have a long list of authors and titles to help you choose the right one for you.

Teen's Top Ten 2014
Pick up a list of the nominated books in The Loft or at the Reference Desk. Readers ages 12 to 18 can vote online at, anytime between now and September 15.
Title winners will be announced during Teen Read Week. 

Teens’ Top Ten 2013
A “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.

Reading Rants!
A popular site for teen book reviews. Read reviews and comments to find the perfect book for you. Add to the comments if you loved (or hated) a book, too.

Quick Picks Nominations
American Library Association's best picks for fiction and non-fiction for teens. This is a great place to start! (updated May 2, 2013)

Other American Library Association Lists:

Read for a Lifetime 2013-2014 Booklist
The list of 25 book titles represents a mixture of classic and contemporary literature. This program is sponsored by the Secretary of State and State Librarian and the Illinois State Library.

Based on the Book
Book titles, short stories, and plays that have been made into movies.

Best of the Best
Chicago Public Library recommends the following books as the very best fiction published in 2012 for teens in high school.

Teen Reads
Book reviews, message boards, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the hottest new releases, literary games and contests.

Overviews, plot summaries, character analysis, themes, and more for students.