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Teen Corner Booklists

Web resourceBanned Books

Banned or challenged books from schools and public libraries.

Web resourceBiographies

Biographies, autobiographies, personal narratives, and memoirs showcasing interesting life stories.

Web resourceBooks Made into Movies

Arranged by book title, this list features books that have been made into movies.

Web resourceClassic Young Adult Novels

The books on this list have stood the test of time, won multiple awards, or blown away sales expectations. Enjoy them again, or for the first time!

Web resourceDystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Survival takes center stage in these stories about the broken future and what happens to those who live beyond "the end of the world."

Web resourceFairy Tales Retold

Enjoy the twist on these classic tales.

Web resourceGLBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender fiction and nonfiction.

Web resourceGuys Read

Good (and even great!) books that teen guys will enjoy.

Web resourceHistorical Fiction Books

Peek into the past with these historical fiction books arranged by time period and geographical location.

Web resourceHorror Books

Challenge your nerves with these books that evoke fear and provide the thrill of unknown dangers.

Web resourceLove Stories

These fiction books all include a romantic interest.

Web resourceManga

These Japanese comic book series are popular with teen readers.

Web resourceMulticultural Experience

Step into someone else's shoes with these fiction and nonfiction books about the experiences of people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Web resourceOnLine Book Club

Join our free teen online book club from Chapter-a-Day and receive chapters of popular books in your email.

Web resourceParanormal Romance

Love stories featuring unusual paranormal characters. Please see the Vampire Fiction list below for Twilight readalikes.

Web resourceSports Fiction

These novels with teen characters include the excitement and action of the game.

Web resourceVampire Fiction

Vampires are the object of horror or affection in these gothic stories.

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Award Winners

Web resourceAlex Awards

This award is given annually to ten books written for adults that have a special appeal to young adult readers, ages 12 through 18. View a list of Alex Award Winners in the Teen Corner.

Web resourceEdgar Awards: Best Young Adult

This database includes winners and nominees of books selected by the Mystery Writers of America. Look for the "Best Young Adult" category. See the list of winners from 1989 through 2010.

Web resourceWill Eisner Comic Industry Awards

Named for writer and artist Will Eisner, this award is given to creators who have been recognized by their peers for having produced outstanding achievements in comics. The awards are considered the "Oscars" of comics.

Web resourceLambda Literary Awards

The Lambda Literary Foundation award winners are books with gay and lesbian themes. They are given in twenty-five categories, including Children/Young Adult.

Web resourceAbraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award

This annual award is given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by participating students in Illinois, grades nine through twelve.

Web resourceNational Book Award

The National Book Awards have become the nation's preeminent literary prizes. The Young People's Literature category began in 1996.

Web resourceMichael L. Printz Award for Young Adult Literature

This annual award is presented to books that represent excellence in young adult literature.

Web resourceSydney Taylor Book Award

Sponsored by the American Jewish Association, books for teens are included in these awards for the best in Jewish children's literature.

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Recommended Reading

Web resourceStaff Recommendations for Teen Readers

Skokie Public Library's Readers' Services staff suggests books for teen readers.

Web resourceBest Books for Young Adults

This annual list of "best" books for young adults is selected by YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association. This web site includes the award-winning books for 1994 through the present.

Web resourceGuys Read

A guy-friendly site to help boys find stuff they like to read.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardNoveList

Find new authors and titles with this online guide to fiction for readers of all ages. NoveList contains full text reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. Searches can be limited to young adult titles for readers ages 13 through 19.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Web resourceOutstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learning

This booklist from the American Library Association was developed for college bound students as a resource for reading enjoyment, lifelong learning, and appreciation for differences. The list includes five sections -- fiction, biography, nonfiction, drama, and poetry -- and may also be of interest to educators, librarians, and parents.

Web resourceRead for a Lifetime

This booklist is part of an Illinois program designed to promote the enjoyment of reading by encouraging high school students to read both classic and contemporary literature.
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Web resourceTeens' Top Ten

Find out the ten new young adult titles voted most popular each year by teen readers and get tips on how to find good more good books to read.

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Reading Lists for Area High Schools

Web resourceLoyola Academy

English Department Summer reading for 2009.
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Web resourceNiles North High School

Required summer reading titles for Niles North students.

Web resourceNiles West High School

Required summer reading titles for Niles West students.

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