Elmhurst Public library has book lists for Middle schoolers at http://elmhurstpubliclibrary.org/middle-school/books-more/ or Oakbrook's -http://oak-brook.org/index.aspx?nid=109
The Rebecca Caudill Illinois Book Award is awarded annually to the author of the book voted as most outstanding by participating students in grades fourth through eighth in Illinois.
Looking for books that have won teen awards ? Check The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) page which includes information on the award or list, a nomination form (when available), and links to current and previous award winners or lists of titles.
Outstanding Books for the College Bound are selected based on their readability, cultural and ethnic diversity, balance of view points, and variety of genres and title availability.
At teenreads.com there are book reviews, features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of new releases, literary games and contests every week. You can also talk about their favorite books --- and find new titles!