Best Books for High School Readers
Grades 9–12, 3rd Edition
by Catherine Barr
October 2013, 1102pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-784-0
$110, £85, 96€, A151

A must-have resource for finding great books, both fiction and nonfiction

This invaluable guide enables librarians as well as patrons and teachers to identify the best books for high school readers out of the thousands published each year.

Now in its third edition, this essential resource supplies information on more than 11,000 in-print titles—most of which have been recommended in at least two reviewing journals—suitable for high school and public libraries. With its simple, thematic organization and user-friendly subject terms, it makes finding the right book easy—for librarians, teachers, and parents alike. And its inclusion of thousands of non-fiction titles helps today’s educators meet the Common Core standards.

This updated edition of Best Books for High School Readers, Grades 9–12 remains an indispensable resource for identifying the right book for an individual high school student’s preferences, needs, or interests, and for creating reading lists for curricular and thematic library programs. It is also an essential tool for evaluating and developing the library collection. The entries provide annotations with succinct plot summaries, ISBNs, book length, price, reading level, and review citations; and indicate Lexile levels, as well as titles that are available in audio format or as an eBook version.


  • Supplies concise, lively annotations and review citations on everything from literary classics and non-fiction titles to graphic novels
  • Provides quick access to information for both library staff and patrons with thematic, curriculum-oriented organization and clear subject breakdowns
  • Indicates which books are also available in audio format and in eBook format—valuable information for collection development and reading specialists
  • Identifies award-winning and series titles
Catherine Barr is the author of several other volumes in Libraries Unlimited's Best Books series (Best Books for Children and Best Books for Middle School and Junior High Readers) and of Popular Series Fiction for K-6 Readers and Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers.


"The information provided in Best Books for High School Readers would greatly assist a young adult librarian or media specialist build or refine their collection as well as help them provide reading suggestions to their users."—ARBA, December 1, 2013
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