Young Adult Page
This list, which changes each year to include new authors, is a very small portion of the wealth of literature published for young adults. Some books of historical significance stay on the list while some new titles are added. Many of the titles are in paperback, and almost all will be in public libraries. This list is intended to provide guidance for those unfamiliar with literature for young adults, but it is certainly not exhaustive. Read as many of these books as possible but, in addition, read new books by favorite authors and additional titles recommended by colleagues or young people. Such works as Alice Walker's The Color Purple,The Diary of Anne Frank, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, and Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings are often included in the high school curriculum and, therefore, should be familiar to those planning to work with this age group. Part of your task is to identify and read additional titles popular with young people in your area.
Sherman Alexie. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Reservation Blues, The Toughest Indian in the World.
David Almond. Skellig, Kit's Wilderness, Heaven Eyes, Secret Heart.
Laurie Halse Anderson. Speak, Catalyst.
M.T. Anderson. Feed.
Avi. Nothing But the Truth,The Barn, Beyond the Western Sea (Books 1 and 2) Blue Heron, Don't You Know There's a War On?, Crispin.
Gary L. Blackwood. The Year of the Hangman.
Francesca Block. Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan,The Hanged Man, Baby Be-Bop, Girl Goddess #9, Echo.
Bruce Brooks. The Moves Make the Man, Midnight Hour Encores, All That Remains, Vanishing.
Michael Cadnum. Taking It, Edge, In a Dark Wood, Forbidden Forest.
Orson Scott Card. Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegeman, Seventh Son.
Alden R. Carter. Dogwolf, Growing Season, Wart, Son of Toad, Sheila's Dying, Up Country, Ball Catcher, Between a Rock and a Hard Place.
Michael Chabon. Summerland, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay: A Novel .
Adian Chambers. Postcards From No Man's Land, Dance on My Grave.
Sook Nyul Choi. Year of Impossible Goodbyes, Echoes of the White Giraffe.
Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl, Artemis Fowl: The Artic Incident. Artemus Fowl: The Eternity Guide.
Cooney, Caroline B. What Child Is This? Driver's Ed, The Face on the Milk Carton, Whatever Happened to Janie?,The Voice on the Radio, What Janie Found, For All Time, Goddess of Yesterday.
Robert Cormier. The Chocolate War, We All Fall Down, In the Middle of the Night,Tenderness, Heroes, The Rag and Bone Shop, Frenchtown Summer, I Am the Cheese, Both Sides of Time.
Chris Crutcher. Running Loose, Stotan!, Athletic Shorts, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, Ironman, Whale Talk, Chinese Handcuffs.
Karen Cushman. Catherine Called Birdy, The Midwife's Apprentice, Ballad of Lucy Whipple.
Peter Dickinson. Eva, AK, A Bone from a Dry Sea, The Gift, Some Deaths Before Dying, The Ropemaker.
Deborah Ellis. The Breadwinner, Parvanna's Journey.
Louise Erdrich. The Birchbark House.
Nancy Farmer. The Ear, The Eye, and the Arm, A Girl Named Disaster, Do You Know Me?, The House of Scorpion.
Jean Ferris. Eight Seconds, Love Among the Walnuts: Or How I Saved My Entire Family from Being Poisoned, Of Sound Mind.
E.R. Frank. Life Is Funny, America.
Russell Freedman. Eleanor Roosevelt, Life and Death of Crazy Horse, Lincoln, Kids at Work, Wright Brothers, Confucius: The Golden Rule.
Cornelia Funke. The Thief Lord.
Nancy Garden. Annie on My Mind, Dove & Sword: a Novel of Joan of Arc, Good Moon Rising, The Year They Bruned the Books, Holly's Secret.
Neil Gaiman. Coraline, Stardust.
Jack Gantos. Hole in My Life,What Would Joey Do?.
Adele Geras. Watching the Roses, The Tower Room, Pictures of the Night, Troy.
Gail Giles. Shattering Glass.
Virginia Hamilton. Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush, Plain City, Her Stories, M.C. Higgins the Great.
Karen Hesse. Phoenix Rising, The Music of Dolphins, Out of the Dust, A Time of Angels, Witness, Letters from Rifka, Stowaway.
Carl Hiaasen. Hoot.
S. E. Hinton. The Outsiders.
Valerie Hobbs Sonny's War.
Will Hobbs. Downriver, Far North, Kokopelli's Flute, The Maze.
Francisco Jiménez. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child, Breaking Through.
Diana Wynne Jones. Dogsbody,Castle in the Air, Hexwood, A Sudden Wild Magic.
Sherryl Jordan. The Raging Quiet, Secret Sacrament, The Hunting of the Last Dragon, Winter of Fire.
M.E. Kerr. Gentlehands, Night Kites, Linger, Deliver Us From Evie, Hello, I Lied, Slap Your Sides.
David Klass. Wrestling With Honor, California Blue, Danger Zone, Screen Test, You Don't Know Me, Home of the Braves.
Ron Koertge. Tiger,Tiger Burning Bright, Brimstone Journals, Stoner & Spaz.
Gordon Korman. Losing Joe's Place, Don't Care High, No More Dead Dogs, Son of the Mob.
Iain Lawrence. The Lightkeeper's Daughter, The Wreckers, Lord of the Nutcracker Men.
Ursula Le Guin. The Left Hand of Darkness,Tehanu.
Julius Lester. To Be a Slave; From Slave Ship to Freedom Road, Othello: A Novel, Pharaoh's Daughter, When Dad Killed Mom.
Lois Lowry. A Summer To Die,The Giver, Gathering Blue.
David Lubar. Hidden Talents, Dunk.
Chris Lynch. Iceman, Gypsy Davey, Slot Machine, Shadow Boxer, Blue-Eyed Son Trilogy, Freewill.
Mary E. Lyons. Sorrows Kitchen, Letters From a Slave Girl, Keeping Secrets.
Geraldine McCaughrean. The Stones Are Hatching, The Kite Rider.
Janet McDonald. Chill Wind, Spellbound.
Joyce McDonald. Comfort Creek, Swallowing Stones, Shades of Simon Grey.
Robin McKinley. Beauty, The Blue Sword, The Hero and the Crown, A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories, Rose Daughter, Deerskin.
Michelle Magorian. Good Night, Mr. Tom, Back Home, Not A Swan.
Margaret Mahy. Memory,The Changeover, The Door in the Air and Other Stories.
John Marsden. Letters from the Inside,Tomorrow When the War Began, A Killing Frost, The Night Is for Hunting.
Victor Martinez. Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida.
Norma Fox Mazer. After the Rain, When She Was Good, Out of Control.
Kyoko Mori. Shizuko's Daughter, One Bird.
Walter Dean Myers. Fallen Angels, Scorpions, Somewhere in the Darkness, Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary, The Glory Field, Shadow of the Red Moon, Slam,The Amistad Affair, Monster, Bad Boy: A Memoir, The Greatest: Muhammed Ali, Hoops, Handbook for Boys.
An Na. A Step from Heaven.
Beverley Naidoo. Chain of Fire, No Turning Back, The Other Side of Truth.
Donna Jo Napoli. The Magic Circle, Zel, When the Water Closes Over My Head, Song of the Magdalene, Stones in the Water, Beast, Sirena, Daughter of Venice.
Garth Nix. Sabriel, Slade's Children, Lirael, Abhorsen.
Han Nolan. Dancing on the Edge, Born Blue.
Naomi Shihab Nye. Habibi, 19 Varieites of Gazelle.
Linda Sue Park. My Name Was Keoko, A Single Shard.
Elizabeth Partridge. This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie, Restless Spirit: The Life and Works of Dorothea Lange.
Katherine Paterson. Jacob Have I Loved, Lyddie, The Same Stuff As Stars.
Gary Paulsen. Hatchet,The Cookcamp,The Monument, Nightjohn, Sisters/Hermanas,The Tent,The Rifle,The Crossing, Winterdance, Puppies, Dogs and Blue Northers, Sarny, My Life in Dog Years, Schernoff Discovery, Soldier's Heart, Woodsong.
Richard Peck. Remembering the Good Times,The Last Safe Place on Earth, Are You in the House Alone?, Fair Weather.
Tamara Pierce. Alanna: The First Adventure, Emperor Mage, Protector of the Small: Squire.
Carol Plum-Ucci. The Body of Christopher Creed.
Philip Pullman. The Ruby in the Smoke,The Broken Bridge,The White Mercedes,The Tin Princess,His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass, I Was a Rat!.
Louise Rennison. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas: Further, Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson .
Ann Rinaldi. Wolf By the Ears, A Break with Charity, In My Father's House, Finishing Becca, The Secret of Sarah Revere, Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons,The Blue Door,The Second Bend in the River, Acquaintance with Darkness, Mine Eyes Have Seen.
J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Globet of Fire.
Louis Sachar. Holes.
Graham Salisbury. Shark Bait, Island Boyz: Short Stories. Lord of the Deep, Under the Blood-Red Sun, Jungle Dogs.
Sonya Sones. What My Mother Doesn't Know, Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy.
Gary Soto. Baseball in April, Local News, Summer on Wheels, Living Up the Street, Jesse, Snapshots from the Wedding, Taking Sides, Buried Onions.
Art Spiegelman. Maus: A Survivor's Tale; Maus: A Survivor's Tale II.
Suzanne Fisher Staples. Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, Haveli,Tonight, By Sea, The Beduin's Gazelle, Shiva's Fire.
Bryan Talbot. The Tale of One Bad Rat.
Mildred D. Taylor. Let the Circle Be Unbroken, The Road to Memphis, The Land.
Stephanie S. Tolan. Surviving the Applewhites, Ordinary Miracles, The Face in the Mirror, Welcome to the Ark, Flight of the Raven.
Terry Trueman. Stuck in Neutral.
Cynthia Voigt. Dicey's Song, Izzy Willy-nilly, Wings of a Falcon, Orfe, When She Hollers, Bad Girls, Bad, Badder, Baddest.
Will Weaver. Memory Boy.
Robert Westall. The Machine Gunners, Fathom Five, The Kingdom By the Sea, Yaxley's Cat, A Place to Hide, Falling Into Glory, Echoes of War, Stormsearch, Gulf, Blitz Cat.
Garret Freymann-Weyr. When I Was Older, My Heartbeat.
Rita Williams-Garcia. Blue Tights, Fast Talk on a Slow Track, Like Sisters on the Homefront, Every Time a Rainbow Dies.
Virginia Euwer Wolff. Make Lemonade, True Believer.
Jacqueline Woodson. The Dear One, I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun,The House You Pass on the Way, Hush, If You Come Softly, Miracle's Boys.
Laurence Yep. Dragonwings, Dragon's Gate, Child of the Owl, Thief of Hearts, Ribbons,The Case of the Goblin Pearls.
Jane Yolen. The Dragon's Trilogy, Briar Rose, Devil's Arithmetic, Girl in a Cage.
Paul Zindel. The Pigman, The Pigman and Me, David and Della, Loch, The Doom Stone, Rats.
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