Staff Picks for Teens

  • A winner for 2011-12 hasn't yet been announced, but nominees for the 2012-13 Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award have! In this first booklist, we'll look at half of the new nominees, and come back soon to the other half!

  • A winner for 2011-12 hasn't yet been announced, but nominees for the 2012-13 Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award have! In this booklist, we'll review the second set of nominees. You can check out the first set of nominees if you missed it.

  • Dystopia: An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.

    Can't get enough Hunger Games - or can't get your hands on a copy? Check out these titles for other books and series set in a nightmare future. Titles that are not part of a series are noted.

  • What is life like for a soldier coming home, after he or she has been exposed to the indescribable horrors of war? And what is it like for the family and friends of the soldier, so happy to have their loved one back, but often sensing the soldier is not exactly as he or she was before leaving? Here are some novels that explore the lasting impact of war and the struggle to "get back to normal."

    Compiled by Emily S.

  • Who doesn't like dragons?  A legendary serpentine creature that is found in the myths of cultures all over the world.  These books contain worlds where dragons of every kind exist.

  • Every year, the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association publishes a list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for ages 12-18. This year's nominees are out, and of the 41 nominees, the Library owns 27. We'll be taking a look at these 27 titles in the form of two booklists (Part Two will be coming in August).

  • Every year, the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association publishes a list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for ages 12-18. This year's nominees are out, and of the 41 nominees, the Library owns 27. We'll be taking a look at these 27 titles in the form of two booklists (Part One was published in July).

  • Gangsters, kidnappers, and stone-cold killers. We've always been fascinated by crime and those who commit the foul deeds (and those who catch them). These true crime titles explore criminals and cases famous and obscure, and just action-packed enough for teen readers.

  • April is National Poetry month. Celebrate by checking out some of these titles with teen appeal - from nature to science fiction, love to death, and free verse to haiku, you're bound to find something to inspire.

    List compiled by Dory L. and Chris H.

  • These recent Young Adult books center on music, from jazz to rock to hip hop and beyond.

  • People have been scaring themselves silly with creepy stories for a long, long time. Some horror classics simply refuse to die, and are reanimated again and again in modern retellings. As Halloween approaches, check out a new take on an old tale.

    List compiled by Emily S.

  • With Fall just around the corner and Halloween nipping at its heels, it's time for some Teen horror picks. We'll be blogging and putting up booklists for a number of types of horror books over the next seven weeks - feel free to add titles of your own in the comments sections, or to write book reviews for the Teen book review section.

    This booklist is filled with horror titles that don't have any supernatural monsters - just creatures and people doing horrific things. Creepy, freaky, and scary for those of you who don't need to read another book with vampires or werewolves. Enjoy!

  • Like to read horror? Tired of picking up a vampire book and getting more romance than frights? The books in this list cover true horror fiction, from vampires and werewolves, to ghosts, zombies, demons, and forgotten horrors from the dawn of time. All of these titles are more horror than humor or romance, so pick one up and lock the doors for a terrifying read!

  • Maybe you'd like to create a sensational graphic novel. Or craft scripts for TV and film. Or write the next "Great American Novel." Or turn your own life story into a riveting memoir. No matter what your preferred format and focus, writing is undoubtedly hard work. Here are some books filled with both expert tips of the trade and fun and thoughtful writing prompts to help jumpstart your writer's mind. Now get writing!

    Compiled by Emily S.

  • Are you interested in reading some fiction centered around sports?  The following books all have teenage main characters playing sports and learning about life.

  • Whether your interests are in solving a mystery or getting into the mind of a criminal, these titles have something for you, from missing persons to murder to a touch of the supernatual.