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Teen Booklists

Here are some tips and lists for finding something great to read.

Books You Missed in 2017

books you missed in 2017

What If? A Dystopian Booklist by Grace (teen patron)

Magic! A Booklist by Olivia (teen patron)

  • Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
    • Belle gets transported into a book, but as time goes on, will she ever get out?
    • When Belle comes across a mysterious book in the beast's library, she finds herself transported to a fantasy world of her dreams, and she must uncover the secrets about the book before she is lost inside forever.
  • Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
    • In this Harry Potter prequel, Newt Scamander loses his magical creatures in 1920s New York.
  • Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
    • Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.
  • The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
    • When eighteen-year-old Margo learns she lost the lead in her high school musical to a sophomore because of a modern-day genie, she falls in love with Oliver, the genie, while deciding what her own wishes should be and trying to rescue him from an old foe.
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

Books Featuring People of Color, A Booklist by Abril (teen patron)

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    • After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
  • Joy Ride by Anna Banks
    • The quarterback son of the town sheriff and the daughter of deported illegal aliens become unlikely midnight pranking accomplices while unexpectedly falling in love and landing on the wrong side of the law.
  • Like No Other by Una LaMarche
    • Living on opposite sides of their Brooklyn neighborhood, strict Hasidic Devorah and fun-loving nerd Jaxon forge an unexpected connection when they become trapped in an elevator during a hurricane, after which they pursue a secret romance.
  • The Problem With Forever by Jennifer Armentrout
    • "While the Main Character is not a person of color, Rider is still an important character to the story."
    • Mallory was an abused child, but after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents it's time for her to attend high school. On her first day she runs into her childhood protector and friend, Rider Stark. As they grow closer and his life begins to spiral out of control, she realizes she must make a choice between staying silent or speaking out to help him.
  • Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
    • Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn't sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that's going to help her figure out this whole "Puerto Rican lesbian" thing. She's interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women's bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer?
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
    • For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above thehopelessness.

Teen Book Reviews

These are books that Sugar Grove teens read and reviewed in their own words. 

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    • "I think you should read this book because it is a unique love story that adds extra elements of surprise throughout the story."
    • "It has a very cute / sad love story and you just fall in love with the characters."
  • Auggie and Me by R.J. Palacio
    • "I think you should read this book because it is an amazing story about preteens with disabilities learning to work and fit in to life."
  • The Titan's Curse Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan et all
    • "It is cool to read the graphic novel version of a favorite book. The titan's curse is a shortened illustrated version of  the novel by Rick Riordan. It shows an artists interpretation of an amazing story."
  • Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
    • "This book is about two friends who face injustice in America due to race when they move to Ethiopia. They have to deal with the fear of war. This story follows Em and Teo as they grow used to Ethiopia and escape a war."
  • The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein
    • "This book is about a girl who grew up in a rich family. She meets a traveler family and has to solve the myster of who hurt her and killed Dr. Housman. She discovers how good it feels to give and not receive"
  • Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
    • "Bethany was attacked by a shark and her world was turned upside down, but she never lost her faith in God or her determination to get back on her board. She shared her story and inspired millions." 
  • The Fever Code by James Dashner
    • "This is the prequel to the Maze Runner. Thomas never knew what he did for WICKED but you can find out in The Fever Code."
  • The Kill Order by James Dashner
    • "This book follows Mark when the flare was first released. He has to fight his way to save his friend. While fighting the virus for his sanity. He realizes his one goal is to get DeeDee to Alaska to find a cure."
  • Nevermore by James Patterson
    • "Nevemore is the 8th Maximum Ride story. Max is trying to be normal while still trying to save the world. When the 99% plan is put in place, it's Max's job to keep her flock alive and to lead the new world." 
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
    • "This book is the sequel to Illuminae and follows two new characters as they try to prevent the destruction of Jump station. Heimdalla. They fight trained audit team memebers and brain gurking aliens as they try to carry the story of Kerenza on." 
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
    • "This story is set in the future after wars and when the humans had evolved to people with special abilities and those without.  This story is full of battles, betrayals, and romance."
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
    • "This is the script to Fantastic Beasts and it was amazing! The characters were so fun and the plot was interesting."
  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
    • "This is the second book in the Red Queen series. This book is action packed as the Scarlet Guard plans attack after attack. They try to Rise Red as the dawn but often fall short."
  • Camp Half-Blood Confidential by Rick Riordan
    • "This book is a funny welcome to Camp Half Blood story.  It helps new campers learn their way around camp along with comments from Percy and the other campers."
  • I Am Number Four: the Lost Files by Pittacus Lore
    • "Ever wonder how Six and Nine were caught? Or why Adam had legacies? This book has all the secrets of the Garde and Mogadorians."
  • King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard
    • "This book is the third Red Queen book. The Scarlet Guard has their largest mission ahead of them, take down Maven. There is action, romance, and a lot of fighting."
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
    • "The story line is very good and I couldn't put it down!"
  • Romeo & What's Her Name by Shani Petroff
    • "Cute, corny, and cheesy, yet still a good light read"
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    • "Great characters. Good yet sad concept and thought out plot and ending"
  • Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
    • "It has a very cute love story and you just fall in love with the characters."
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
    • "It is such an amazing book with the best story ever!"
  • Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult
    • "The characters are very cute and the storyline is very original."
  • The Heir by Kiera Cass
    • "The book has a very good and original storyline.  I couldn't put it down." 
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
    • "Really interesting concept and good character development."
  • 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
    • "A great book for everyone who loves mysteries and books that conflict around friendship."
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    • "It is a great book for people who love mystery and those who would enjoy a series. It is very intriguing and suspenseful.
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
    • "Ending made me cry. I cant wait for the next book."
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
    • "Cliffhanger leaves you wanting more."

2018 Lincoln Award – Illinois Teen Readers’ Choice

Our Lincoln Award Collection books are located in the Library near the New Teen Books. Feel free to stop by and browse, or click on the title below to place a hold on the book, and we'll get it ready for you to pick up. 

  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely                        
    • When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend
  • Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin                                              
    • In the future where everyone knows the day they will die, seventeen-year-old Denton is gloriously determined to outlive his upcoming expiration date no matter what the cost.
  • Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy                                                                        
    • Danny Wright joined the Idaho Army National Guard to serve the country as his father had, but when the Guard is sent to an anti-government protest in Boise and Danny's gun accidently fires, he finds himself at the center of a conflict that results in the federal government declaring war on Idaho.
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir                                                             
    • Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire, but when her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's military academy to help to save her brother from execution.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnson                                                   
    • At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team. In the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors and rejection from friends in her small Ontario town.
  • Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley                                         
    • Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that--and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results.
  • March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell             
    • Presents in graphic novel format events from the life of Georgia congressman John Lewis, focusing on his youth in rural Alabama, his meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement.
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson                                                                         
    • Lord Ballister Blackheart seeks to bring down the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics with the aid of his new shapeshifting sidekick Nimona.
  • Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik                                               
    • Profiles the life of feminist pioneer and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her fight for gender equality and civil rights.
  • Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez                                                             
    • Naomi, who is Mexican-American, moves to a small town in East Texas with her stepsiblings and father who works in the oil fields.  While adjusting to a new town she meets Wash, who is African-American, as they struggle with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people.
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness                                          
    • The best friend of a kid with superhuman qualities endeavors to have a life of his own that is both normal and extraordinary in the face of constant world-shaking challenges, threats against his school, and an elusive pretty girl.
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys                                                                    
    • Racing to freedom with thousands of other refugees as Russian forces close in on their homes in East Prussia, Joana, Emilia, and Florian meet aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a doomed ship, and are forced to trust each other in order to survive.
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner                                                                 
    • The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.
  • Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older                                                          
    • When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago realizes that something strange is going on--then she discovers her Puerto Rican family are shadowshapers and finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family and friends.
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo                                                                  
    • Offered a chance to participate in a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker recruits a team of talented associates to organize a plot that is threatened by their mutual enmity.
  • These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly                                                
    • A young woman in nineteenth-century New York City must struggle against gender and class boundaries when her father is found dead of a supposed suicide, and she believes there is more than meets the eye, so in order to uncover the truth she will have to decide how much she is willing to risk and lose.
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han                                      
    • Lara Jean writes plenty of love letters, but she never sends them, as it’s just her way of moving on from a crush. When her secret box of letters goes missing and she discovers they've been mailed, she has to come face-to-face with her past and in the process learn more about her future.
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord                                                       
    • Vivi would stand out anywhere with her Marilyn Monroe hair and effervescent personality, and its no different when she moves to a small California beach town. When she meets Jonah, still grieving his father's death six months ago and holding his family together, Vivi infuses his life with joy, love, and adventure. But there's a dark side to Vivi's intensity.
  • The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh                                                       
    • Coming of age in a land where the Caliph of Khorasan takes a new bride each night and executes her at sunrise, 16-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry him in order to break the cycle and exact revenge for the murder of her best friend.
  • Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee                                                                                         
    • As seventeen-year-old Carr 'the Raptor' Luka rises to fame in the combat sport of zeroboxing (zero-gravity boxing), he learns a devastating secret that jeopardizes not only his future in the sport, but interplanetary relations.
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