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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

Teens all over the world voted starting Aug. 15, with voting lasting through Teen Read Week™ (Oct. 12-18, 2014). Altogether, over 12,000 votes were cast for the 25 nominees!

The official 2014 Teens’ Top Ten titles are as follows:

  1. "Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell (Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin)
  2. "Splintered" by A.G. Howard (ABRAMS/Amulet Books)
  3. "The Rithmatist" by Brandon Sanderson (Tor Teen)
  4. "The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey (Penguin/Putnam Juvenile) 
  5. "Monument 14: Sky on Fire" by Emmy Laybourne (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends)
  6. "Earth Girl" by Janet Edwards (Prometheus Books /Pyr)
  7. "The Testing" by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  8. "Steelheart" by Brandon Sanderson (Random House/Delacorte Press)
  9. "Siege and Storm" by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
  10. "The Eye of Minds" by James Dashner (Random House/Delacorte Press)

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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!

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.

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