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What to Read

What to Read Next

Find new and notable titles, bestsellers, award-winners, and recommended reading lists for teens aged 12-18.


Spotlight on New Teen Titles 

These titles are available to hold and borrow through the SAILS Library Network.  Click on a title to check for availability.




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Finding Just Right Books

How to Find Just Right Books for Kids and Teens by Reading Level

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Booklists for Teens

See what's new and notable in our teen collections, plus browse our many booklists.

Click on a title to see its availability or to place a hold.  Suggested titles are aimed at 12 to 18 year-old readers and span a broad range of reading and maturity levels.    

2023 Summer Reading  

 Summer Reading Suggestions for Incoming 7th and 8th Grades

Find great reads for middle school students. Scroll down for a 7th grade list, then 8th grade list.

Summer Reading for Grades 9-12 

Realistic Fiction

New & Notable
Where You See YourselfDon't Ask If I'm OkayIn the Same BoatThe Next New Syrian GirlWe Are All So Good At Smiling


Adventure & Survival Stories for Grades 7-12

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Booklist  

Books with Strong Female Characters  

Books with Strong Male Characters  

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Booklist  [NEW]

Friendship Stories

Great Realistic Fiction for Grades 8-12

The Hate U Give Read-Alikes for Grades 8-12

Historical Fiction for Grades 7-12

Horror Reads for Teens 

Humorous Reads for Teens 

LGBTQIA+ Reads for Teens

Middle Grade Adventure and Survival Stories

Middle Grade Fiction

Middle Grade Historical Fiction

Sports Reads for Teens (Fiction, Nonfiction, & Memoirs)

Teen Beach Reads 

Mystery & Thrillers

New & Notable
Liar's BeachWarrior Girl Unearthed Delicious MonstersQueen of the TilesLying in the Deep


Middle Grade Mysteries

Mysteries & Thrillers for Teens

Thieves, Criminals & Scoundrels  


New & Notable
Imogen, ObviouslySpells for Lost ThingsThe Summer of Lost LettersThe Quantum Weirdness of the Almost KissJulieta and the Romeos


If You Like Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Try ...

Paranormal Romance for Teens

Realistic Romance for Grades 7-12


New & Notable
The Sun and the StarPainted DevilsThreads That BindThe Isles of the God
Silver in the Bone


Here Be Dragons! Stories for Dragon-Loving Teens

Fabulous Fantasy for Grades 7-12

Fractured Fairy Tales for Grades 7-12

Harry Potter Read-a-Likes (PDF)

Knight Tales

Middle Grade Fantasy  

Myths & Legends Retold for Grades 6-12

Paranormal Romance for Teens

Rick Riordan (author of Percy Jackson series) Read-a-Likes (PDF)

Superhero Books for Teens  

Witches & Wizards 

Science Fiction

New & Notable
Getaway The Stranded GleaningsThrowbackDaughter of the Deep


Dystopian Fiction for Grades 7-12

Middle Grade Science Fiction  

Outer Space & Alien Encounters for Grades 7-12

Graphic Novels & Manga

New & Notable
A First Time for Everything Danger and Other Unknown Risks Codex Black Belle of the Ball
Tower of God


2022 Great Graphic Novels for Teens from YALSA — the previous year's best titles chosen by librarians and educators

Get Graphic! Top Graphic Novels for Teens

Manga Series We Own

Teen Manga Series by Genre and Age - a brochure of all our teen manga titles organized by genre (fantasy, action, horror, etc.) - last updated September 2022

Nonfiction, Memoirs, and Biographies

New & Notable
Collage Your LifeUnbreakableSo You Want to Work in Sports
Climate Champions: 15 Women Fighting for Your FutureNearer My Freedom


Books About Activism for Teens 

Summer Reading  

Summer Reading Suggestions for Incoming 7th and 8th Grades (2022)



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Popular and Award-Winning Teen Titles

New York Times Bestsellers — Young Adult HardcoverTeens' Top Ten by YALSA 

2023 Teens' Top Ten Nominees — The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list where teens around the country nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.