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 NoveList Plus

  • Reading recommendations for all ages
  • Fiction and nonfiction
  • Find books by age, genre, appeal, award winners, and "read-alikes"
  • Includes book reviews, articles, lists, and more
 Books and Authors

 Books and Authors

  • Includes book reviews, plot summaries, similar books, and author biographies
  • Award information for over 500 literary awards
  • Book lists by topic
Online Resources


Icon_External_Link   Goodreads - Goodreads is a popular social network where users can create lists of books they have read, and those they wish to read. Join the Tempe Public Library "group page" to connect with us!
Icon_External_Link   Fantastic Fiction - Great online resource for finding book series order by author.
Icon_External_Link   New York Time Best Sellers List - Authoritatively ranked lists of books sold in the United States, sorted by format and genre.
Icon_External_Link   Kirkus Book Reviews - One of the most popular American book review magazines.
Icon_External_Link   NPR Books - Reviews, author interviews, Best-of lists, and more from National Public Radio.
Icon_External_Link   Stop You're Killing Me - Comprehensive resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books.
Icon_External_Link   WorldCat - Find items in libraries near you. Search by author, title, subject and more. Provides publication details such as ISBN, edition number, etc.


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Book Awards


Icon_External_Link   National Book Award - Annual literary awards in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's categories.
Icon_External_Link   Pulitzer Prize - Award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.
Icon_External_Link   American Library Association Book Awards - View the full list of ALA Book Awards in the adult category.
 Children's Books
Icon_External_Link   (Randolph) Caldecott Medal - American Picture Books awards.
Icon_External_Link   Newbery Medal - Author award for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Icon_External_Link   Association for Library Service to Children Book Awards - View the full list of the ALSC Book Awards.
 YA Books
Icon_External_Link   Margaret A. Edwards Award - YA author award.
Icon_External_Link   National Book Award - Young People's Literature - A set of annual U.S. literary awards.
Icon_External_Link   Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production - Best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults.
Icon_External_Link   William C. Morris YA Debut Award - Honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.
Icon_External_Link   YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults - Fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18.
Icon_External_Link   Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teens' Top Ten - The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Teens can get access to read and vote on Top Ten candidates through our BookHype book club.
 Book Awards by Genre
Icon_External_Link   Autobiography & Biography - One of the most notable is the Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
Icon_External_Link   Comics & Graphic Novels - One of the most notable is the Eisner Award.
Icon_External_Link   Fantasy & Sci Fi - Some of the most notable include the Nebula & Hugo Awards.
Icon_External_Link   Horror - One of the most notable is the Bram Stoker Award.
Icon_External_Link   LGBTQ - One of the most notable is the Stonewall Book Award.
Icon_External_Link   Mystery - One of the most notable is the Edgar Award.
Icon_External_Link   Romance - One of the most notable is the Rita Award.


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