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The Loft
The Loft: a space devoted to
teenage readers on the mezzanine level.

Good Reads for Teens

Teen Reads Teen Reads
Browse titles chosen by our Librarians and arranged by popular topics.
Looking for a Classic?
Whether you’re looking for a book for an assignment or for fun, we have a long list of authors and titles to help you choose the right one for you.
Looking for a good book to read? Need help finding the next title in a series or a read-alike for your favorite author? Ask the Readers Services Librarians.
Audio Books
Audio Books:
Teen's Top Ten
Teens’ Top Ten 2013external link
A “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. The 2013 winners have been announced!
Banned Books Banned Book Week 2013
Top ten most frequently challenged books.
Reading RantsReading Rants!external link
A popular site for teen book reviews. Read reviews and comments to find the perfect book for you. Add to the comments if you loved (or hated) a book, too.
Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award Nominees—2009
Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award Nominees
Voted as most outstanding by participating students in grades nine through twelve in Illinois.
Quick Picks
Quick Picks Nominationsexternal link
American Library Association's best picks for fiction and non-fiction for teens. This is a great place to start! (updated May 2, 2013)
Other American Library Association Lists:
Read for a Lifetime
Read for a Lifetime 2013-2014 Booklistextlink
The list of 25 book titles represents a mixture of classic and contemporary literature. This program is sponsored by the Secretary of State and State Librarian and the Illinois State Library.
An online collection of read-alongs, e-books and audio books with reading levels from grades 6-12. Includes YA/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, YA/Teen audiobooks, graphic novels, and educational videos from National Geographic.
Teen Magazines Magazines for Teens
Online and/or available to checkout from our Library.

Other websites:

Based on the Bookexternal link
Book titles, short stories, and plays that have been made into movies.
Best of the Best Best of the Bestexternal link
Chicago Public Library recommends the following books as the very best fiction published in 2012 for teens in high school.
Teen Reads Teen Readsexternal link
Book reviews, message boards, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the hottest new releases, literary games and contests.
Shmoopexternal link
Overviews, plot summaries, character analysis, themes, and more for students.

Ask Us!Looking for a good book to read? Need help finding the next title in a series or a read-alike for your favorite author? Ask the Readers Services Librarians.

Updated 10/2013

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