Best Books for Teens
Explore our annual selection of outstanding young adult titles.
2017 Picks50 Books Found
The 57 Bus
The lives of two teens collide in a story of violence, prejudice, and redemption.
When she was seven, Mary murdered a baby. Allegedly. Now fifteen and pregnant, she has to prove her innocence to get out of a detention center. What really happened that night?
Backstagers, Vol. 1
Illustrated by Rian Sygh
Jory finds himself in a world of magical doorways and adorable tool-rats, but beware! Danger lurks backstage.
Sebastian is struggling to move on from a tragic accident that changed his family forever. Can his newfound passion for pizza-making help him finally rise above it?
Whaddup, readers?/We make no apology/for this Greek mythology./This is the story of the Minotaur/like you've never heard before.
Cells at Work, Vols. 1–4
The cells that run our bodies have more adventures than you can possibly imagine. You'll never look at cellular biology the same way again!
The Closest I've Come
Everything seems to be falling apart for Marcos—even his sneakers—but he's about to find love and friendship in the most unexpected place.
When the world's most famous superhero passes his mantel to Danielle, her life kicks into super-chaos. With a new, powerful body, she must take on enemies both known and unknown.
In present-day Tulsa, Rowan finds a body in her backyard. A hundred years earlier, Will is thrust into the race riots tearing his community apart. Their stories converge as the two teens reveal the history of their city.
Fault Lines in the Constitution
The Constitution is under glass, but that doesn't mean it stays the same. Discover how its authors shaped our nation and get inspired to change the future!
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
Xifeng will stop at nothing to fulfill her destiny as the empress of Feng Lu, including sacrificing herself.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue
Monty and Percy's grand tour was supposed to be boring. Instead, they find themselves on a raucous adventure involving pirates, alchemy, and one too many nights of unbridled debauchery.
The Girl from the Other Side, Vol. 1
Cursed or saved? Shiva must discover the true nature of her mysterious guardian in this twisted fairy tale.
The Hate U Give
One minute, Khalil is explaining Tupac's T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. to Starr; the next minute, he's murdered at the hands of the police. What happens next is explosive, controversial, and unforgettable.
Hawkeye: Kate Bishop, Vol. 1
Illustrated by Leonardo Romero
Kate Bishop breaks off from the Young Avengers in her solo debut, bringing her bow, arrow, and inimitable sass to Los Angeles as a clever, crime-fighting private investigator.
How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child
When your entire life is upended by genocide, how do you move forward? Sandra answers with her inspiring and urgent story.
I Am Alfonso Jones
Illustrated by Stacey Robinson & John Jennings
After Alfonso is killed by a police officer in Harlem, he boards a ghost train full of his ancestors and travels back in history.
I Believe in a Thing Called Love
When Desi falls in love, she tries to solve it like any problem—with a formula. But this is a K-drama formula, guaranteed to bring lifelong happiness or a world of tears.
Landscape with Invisible Hand
Adam struggles to survive in a world overrun by unchecked capitalism and aliens that look like... coffee tables. With flippers.
Long Way Down
Seven floors stand between Will and his revenge. You coming?
Malika: Warrior Queen, Vol. 1
Illustrated by Chima Kalu
Malika is a West African warrior queen—strong, clever, strategic, ruthless, and fiercely independent.
The Marrow Thieves
The world has been ruined inside and out. When the government discovers that they can harvest dreams from the bones of indigenous Americans, Frenchie and his family must race to safety.
Midnight at the Electric
It’s 2065 and Adri is about to depart for a colony on Mars, when she uncovers a connection to Earth that she never knew she had.
Epilepsy dominates Isaac's life, even though everyone around him refuses to acknowledge it.
New Super-Man, Vol. 1
Illustrated by Viktor Bogdanovic
Kong Kenan is a neighborhood bully. But when he's suddenly gifted with the powers of Superman, he has to learn how to be a hero.
Desperate to perform, Jordan disguises herself as a guy and joins an all-male a capella group. What could possibly go wrong?
Now or Never! 54th Massachusetts Infantry's War to End Slavery
Thousands of black soldiers fought during the Civil War—not only against the Confederacy, but also against prejudice and discrimination in the Union Army. A fascinating true story, written by the grandson of a slave.
The Nowhere Girls
Every young woman in Grace's school feels hopeless until three outsiders take on the toxic rape culture that dominates their town.
Every day, the scores are posted. Only the top scorers will get to Eden, a mysterious planet colonized by a shadowy corporation. And every competitor has a reason they can't lose.
One of Us Is Lying
Five students walk into detention. Four walk out alive.
Piecing Me Together
Jade doesn't have time for patronizing adults who undervalue her and her talent. She pieces her life together one collage at a time.
Queer, There & Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World
History is queerer than you think.
SLAM! Vol. 1
Illustrated by Veronica Fish
Jen and Maisie became best friends just in time to beat the tar out of each other on the roller derby track! Will their friendship survive the bruises?
Arturo's life on the U.S./Mexico border is full of challenges, but if he can't win a card game against a notorious narco gang leader, none of his other problems are going to matter.
Saints & Misfits
Janna struggles to tell the truth about the "good" guy at her mosque.
Spill Zone, Vol. 1
Illustrated by Alex Puvilland
Do not enter the Spill Zone. Do not take photos in the Spill Zone. If anything catches you in the Spill Zone, you won't survive.
Admitting she's outgrown her childhood love of competitive figure skating is just the first step on the road of self-discovery for Tillie Walden.
Kiko's art allows her to express herself, but her mother's toxicity rules her life. As she embarks on a journey, she finds her own ways to create family.
Survivor's Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz
When Michael arrived at Auschwitz as a toddler, no one expected him to survive. Through his family's ingenuity and bravery, Michael lived to tell their story of resilience and resistance.
In near-future Brooklyn, Kyla is framed for a scandalous act by someone close to her. Now she has to find out who, and why, before it's too late.
There's Someone Inside Your House
Makani can't escape her past—or the killer terrorizing her small town.
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe & the Carlisle Indian School Football team
You know Manning and Brady, but how about Thorpe? Tackle the story of one of football's pioneering players.
The Upside of Unrequited
Molly's first 26 crushes left her broken-hearted. Will number 27 be the one?
Vincent & Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
Without Theo, there would be no Vincent van Gogh. This is the story of an artist's search for meaning and the relationship that made it possible.
We Are Okay
Marin left San Francisco for New York with nothing but her phone, her wallet, and a picture of her mom. Leaving the rest of her life behind turns out to be more difficult.
The Wendy Project
Illustrated by Veronica Fish
A new look at the Peter Pan story explores loss, grief, and redemption.
What Girls Are Made Of
An authentic and unapologetic story of a girl beginning to care for herself and her body when no one else will.
You Bring the Distant Near
Three generations of Das women experience heartbreak and joy in this exploration of immigrant identity.
You're Welcome, Universe
Julia is an outsider in more ways than one, and that's how she likes it! When her parents and principal crack down, Julia has to break all the rules to challenge an artistic rival.