Recommended Reading List

Check out these websites for more recommended books: (James Patterson’s website) (Truman Award Books from Missouri Association of School Librarians)

YALSA’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards
Top Teen Picks

(Young Adult Library Services Association –

Each year, YALSA presents the Best Fiction for Young Adults list after ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. This year’s list of books was drawn from 200 official nominations. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse.
The complete list of titles, including a short summary, is available at:

Alsaid, Adi. Let’s Get Lost. Harlequin TEEN.
Armentrout, Jennifer L. Don’t Look Back. Disney/Hyperion.
Blackburne, Livia. Midnight Thief. Disney/Hyperion.
Blake, Kendare. Mortal Gods. Tor Teen.
Clare, Cassandra. The Bane Chronicles. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry.
Cremer, Andrea. The Inventor’s Secret. Penguin Group/Philomel.
Dellaira, Ava. Love Letters to the Dead. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books.
Despain, Bree. Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince. Egmont.
Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Simon & Schuster.
Howard, A.G. Unhinged. Abrams/Amulet Books.
Lu, Marie. The Young Elites. Penguin/G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
Maas, Sarah J. Heir of Fire. Bloomsbury.
Matson, Morgan. Since You’ve Been Gone. Simon & Schuster.
Nielsen, Jennifer A. The Shadow Throne. Scholastic.
Novak, Ali. My Life with the Walter Boys. Sourcebooks.
Pearson, Mary E. The Kiss of Deception. Macmillan/ Henry Holt & Company.
Rutkoski, Marie. The Winner’s Curse. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Scott, Victoria. Fire & Flood. Scholastic.
Shine, Joe. I Become Shadow. Soho Teen.
Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle. Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile.
Smith, Jennifer E. The Geography of You and Me. Hachette/Poppy.
Stone, Juliana. Boys Like You. Sourcebooks.
Sundquist, Josh. We Should Hang Out Sometime. Little Brown & Company.
Talley, Robin. Lies We Tell Ourselves. Harlequin TEEN.

The Quick Picks list suggests books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read. The complete list of titles, including annotations, can be found at