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Readers' Advisory: Teen Resources

Guide to finding reading recommendations.

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Reading Challenges

Stuck in a reading slump? Filled with exciting prompts that’ll help you explore new genres, authors, and more, these 2018 reading challenges are like a choose-your-own-adventure experience every step of the way.

Library Resources

To access the resources below from home you'll need to log in using your library card and PIN (last four digits of whatever phone number we have on file for you).

Book Finder

BookFinder from YALSA: Search 4,000+ books, audiobooks, and films from YALSA's book awards and book lists.

YA (& Kids) Book Central

YA (& Kids) Book Central: Discover new books and write reviews on YABooksCentral.com, the only social network devoted to young adult and children's books. Check out our giveaways and exclusive cover reveals for the latest in YA releases.

Teen Reads

Teenreads.com: A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. Author interviews, book reviews and lively book commentary are found here.

Popular Authors

Suzanne Collins – YA science fiction, dystopian author; see author’s website here. Most notable series include The Hunger Games and The Underland Chronicles.

Veronica Roth – YA science fiction, dystopian author; see author’s website here. Most notable series include Divergent and Carve the Mark.

John Green – YA coming-of-age genre author; see author’s website here. Most notable novels include The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska.

Sarah Dessen – NC native, YA author in the beach-read genre; see author’s website here. Most notable novels include Keeping the Moon and Dreamland.

James Dashner – YA science fiction author; see author’s website here. Most notable series include The Maze Runner and The Mortality Doctrine.

Sara Shepard – YA drama, mystery, thriller writer; see author’s website here. Most notable series include Pretty Little Liars and The Heiresses.

Margaret Peterson Haddix – YA science fiction author; see author’s website here. Most notable series include The Missing and Shadow Children.

Meg Cabot – adult and YA romantic and paranormal mystery writer; see author’s website here. Most notable YA series include the Princess Diaries.

Cassandra Clare – YA fantasy author; see author’s website here. Most notable series include The Shadowhunter Chronicles and The Magisterium Series.

James Patterson – adult thriller and YA fantasy writer; see author’s website here. Most notable YA series include Maximum Ride and the Witch & Wizard.

Philip Pullman – Juvenile and YA fantasy author; see author’s website here. Best known for his YA series His Dark Materials.

Stephenie Meyer – YA vampire-themed romance author; see author’s website here. Best known for the Twilight Saga as well as the novel The Host.

Kiera Cass – YA dystopian, romance author; see author’s website here. Best known for The Selection series as well as the novel The Siren.

Marie Lu – YA dystopian, science fiction author; see author’s website here. Most notable series include Warcross and the Legend trilogy.

Readers Advisory for Teens & Young Adults

Fantastic Fiction

Bibliographies for over 40,000 authors. Use the browse menu on the left to find an author by surname, or use the search box above to search for an author or book.  Information on over 500,000 books. Throughout the site, just click on a book to see its cover picture, description and publication details.

WhichBooks

Whichbook enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your needs. Click to open up to 4 sliders and move the to set your choices.

All Readers

AllReaders.com contains detailed book and movie reviews from many different genres of books!

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Teen Book Awards

Alex Awards
The Alex Awards are given annually to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults.

Margaret A. Edwards Award
The Edwards Award honors an author and a specific work for significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens.

William C. Morris Award
The Morris Award honors a book written for young adults by a first-time, previously unpublished author. The first award will be given in 2009.

Odyssey Award 
The Odyssey Award honors the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

Michael L. Printz Award
The Printz Award honors excellence in literature written for young adults.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
YALSA's newest award will honor the best nonfiction book for young adults; the first winner will be named in 2010.

Series Information

NoveList Plus is integrated into the Library's Catalog and allows browsers to link to series information.  NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject headings, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 125,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as author read-alikes and book discussion guides. To access the resources below from home you'll need to log in using your library card and PIN (last four digits of whatever phone number we have on file for you).

How to find series information in the Library's Catalog:

  1. Search for a specific title in a series or the author of the series.
  2. Select one of the titles that you know is a part of the series information you are looking for. (Our example search is for A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle)
  3. Click on "Recommendations and Reviews" from the left hand menu options (see image to the right)
  4. The first category on this screen will be "Books in this Series."  The books will be in the reading order of the series.  If there are more than five (5) books in a series, click on the "More" options to see the entire list.
  5. Each book is also a link to see if our library has copies of the other books in this series.