BOOKLISTS: YOUNG ADULT FICTION LISTS


Adventure and Survival Stories

Youth Adventure and Survival Stories (Novi Public Library, MI): PDF. Author, title, summary for about 40 books, from Laurie Halse Anderson's Fever, 1793 to Paul Zindel's Raptor. Updated 2009.

Adventure Stories for Middle School Readers (Elmhurst Public Library, IL): Author, title, page count, and summary for 16 books, including Ruth Riddell's Ice Warrior, Gary Paulsen's The Haymeadow, and Eric Campbell's The Place of Lions. Created Oct. 2000.

What Should I Read Next?: Adventure (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, summaries, and webcat links for about 20 adventure books for teens, from Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to Charles Portis's True Grit. Updated 2010.

Adventure Stories for Teens (Seattle Public Library): Title, author, page count, summary for about 20 adventure fiction titles for teens, from Ted Bell's Nick of Time to David Ward's Escape the Mask. Updated 2009.

Survival in Books for Middle School Schoolers (Berkeley Public Library, CA): Author, title, publication date, and one-line summary for about 20 novels, from Lloyd Alexander's The Illyrian Adventure to Cynthia Voigt's Homecoming.

Survivors (Ocean County Library, NJ): 'What does it take to survive a disaster? A plane crash? A kidnapping? Read these books and find out.' Author, title, and summary for about 15 titles, from The Cure by Sonia Levitin to The Wreckers by Iain Lawrence. Compiled July 2003.

Adventure Fiction for Young Adults (Wheaton Public Library, IL): PDF. Author, title, and summary for about 30 novels of adventure for teens, from The Malifex by Steve Alton to The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey. January 2007.

Survival of the Fittest: Books about Wilderness Survival for Young Adults (Wheaton Public Library, IL): PDF. Author, title, and summary for about 30 books (mostly fiction) for teens, from Wild Timothy by Gary Blackwood to Wild: Stories of Survival from the World’s Most Dangerous Places.

Action/Adventure Novels for Teens (Logan Library, UT): Author, title, summary for 35 novels, from Isabel Allende's Forest of the Pygmies to Paul Zindel's Reef of Death. Updated 2009.

Adventure Fiction for Teens (InfoSoup/Appleton PL, WI): Author, title, publication year, cover image, webcat link and summary for about 30 books, from Apocalypse by Tim Bowler to The trap by John E. Smelcer. Compiled 2008.

YA Adventure and Survival: Live the Adventure (JV Fletcher Library, Westford, MA): Author, title, summary for about 45 books, including contemporary fiction and classics, from Isabel Allende's Kingdom of the Golden Dragon to R Yancey's The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp. Updated Jan. 2008.

Survival Stories (Logan Library, UT): Author, title, summary for about 25 novels, from Thomas Baird's Walk Out a Brother to Andrea White's Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. Updated 2009.

Adventure Fiction (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY) : Author, title, summary for about 20 adventure books, from Joan Aiken's Cold Shoulder Road to Megan Turner's The Thief. Updated May 2010.

Survival!: Tales of Courage and Adventure, Grades 6-8 (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for 25 adventure novels for young teens, from The Kindling by Jennifer Armstrong to Escape Under the Forever Sky: a Novel by Eve Yohalem. Updated Jan. 2010.

Where the Action Is (Multnomah County Library, OR): Author, title, cover image, webcat link and summary for about 20 books, from Chris Bradford's Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior to E.L. Young's STORM: The Infinity Code. Updated Nov. 2009.

Adventure Stories (San Jose Library, CA): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for about 15 books, by authors including Nancy Farmer, Eoin Colfer, Jack London, Will Hobbs, Gary Paulsen, Louis Sachar, Tanith Lee, Robert Louis Stevenson, Avi, et al. Updated Jan 2010.

Adventurous Books for Teens (Madison Public Library, WI): Title, author, and summary for about a dozen adventure books, from Baby-sitting Is a Dangerous Job by Willo Davis Roberts to The Voyage of the Frog by Gary Paulsen. Updated June 2010.

Survival Stories (San Jose Library, CA): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 10 books, by authors including Iain Lawrence, Susan Gates, Wendelin Van Draanen, Patricia McCormick, Minfong Ho, Neal Shusterman, et al. Updated Jan 2010.

Survival Fiction: Testing Your Wits to Stay Alive (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 8 books, from Bryce Courtenay's The power of one to Nancy Werlin's The rules of survival.

Outdoor Pursuits: Fiction about teens surviving in the Great Outdoors (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 8 books, from Dan Gutman's Getting Air to Diane Tullson's The Darwin expedition.


Animals in Fiction

Best Friends: Books about Human-Animal Relationships for Teens (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for about 30 novels featuring animals, from Robin Benway's Audrey, Wait! to Kim Ablon Whitney's The Perfect Distance. May 2008.

Animal Stories for Teens (InfoSoup/Appleton PL, WI): Author, title, publication year, cover image, webcat link and summary for about 20 books, from Kite by Melvin Burgess to The hostage by Theodore Taylor. Compiled May 2007.

Attention All Animal Lovers (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY) : Author, title, summary for a dozen books about animals, from Gillian Cross's Pictures in the Dark to Diane Lee Wilson's I Rode a Horse Milk White Jade. March 2004.

Books for Animal Lovers (Canton Public Library, MI): Seven fiction and 12 non-fiction books for teens 'celebrating animals and our relationships with them.' Author, title, webcat link, and summary for each. Fiction titles by Gennifer Choldenko; Kate DiCamillo; Jean Craighead George; Will Hobbs; Madeleine L'Engle; Deborah Savage; and Diane Lee Wilson. Aug. 2008.

Teen Novels for Animal Lovers (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link and summary for 9 fiction titles featuring animals, from Fell by David Clement-Davies to Alpha Dog by Jennifer Ziegler. Updated 2008.


The Arts in Fiction

Much Music: Fiction Featuring the Musically Inclined (Patti Cook, Connected Youth, Austin PL, TX): Author, title, cover image, webcat link, subject list, and summary for about 20 books, in title order, from Beige by Cecil Castellucci to What a Song Can Do: 12 Riffs on the Power of Music by Jennifer Armstrong. July 2008.

Reading Music: Stories for Teens Who've Got the Beat (Edmonton PL, ALB, CAN): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 25 fiction titles, in title order from Beautiful City of the Dead by Leander Watts to When It Happens by Susane Colasanti, plus another 10 non-ficton titles.

Music Rocks! Music Books for Teens (Duluth PL, MN): Author, title, summary for 9 fiction titles, from Francesca Lia Block's Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys to Jen Van Meter's Hopeless Savages: Ground Zero, plus some non-fiction books. Compiled 2006.


Biography / Autobiography

Biographies for Teens (Yorba Linda PL, CA): Author, title, page count, webcat link, and summary for about 60 books, from Michelle Akers' The Game and the Glory to Adeline Yen Mah's Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter.

Biography (Seattle Public Library): Title, author, webcat link, summary for about 20 biography titles for teens, from Lance Armstrong's It's Not about the Bike: My journey back to life to Koren Zailckas's Smashed: Story of a drunken girlhood.

Autobiographical Memoirs (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY) : Author, title, summary for about 55 memoirs, from Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie to Paul Zindel's The Pigman & Me.

Biographies: Books for Teens (Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary for 15 biographies/autobiographies, from Lance Armstrong's It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life to Paul Zindel's The Pigman and Me.

Biography (Glen Ellyn Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary for about 30 biographies and autobiographies for middle school and high school students from John Fleischman's Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story about Brain Science to The Autobiography of Malcolm X. May 2002; updated Sept. 2008.

Biography (Joanna Nigrelli, Wired for Youth, Austin PL, TX): Author, title, cover image, webcat link, subject list, and summary for about 15 books, in title order, from Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordanto to When I Was a Soldier: A Memoir by Valérie Zenatti. Updated Nov. 2005.

High Achievers: Biographies of African Americans for Teenagers (Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore): Compiled 2003. Author, title, summary, and webcat link for more than 15 biographies about black Americans, including Toni Morrison, Oprah Winfrey, Kweisi Mfume, Condoleezza Rice, Lauryn Hill, Ashanti, Venus and Serena Williams, and others.

The Best Biographies - Books About People You Should Know (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link, and summary for about 15 books, from Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat to When I Was a Soldier by Valérie Zenatti. Updated July 2008.

Real Life: Biographies and Memoirs for Teens (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, summary, webcat link for about 10 books, including Judith Bloom Fradin's Jane Addams: Champion of Democracy, Jan Greenberg's Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop, and Anthony Bozza's Whatever You Say I Am: the Life and Times of Eminem. Updated April 2007.

Teen stories through diaries, email and letters (InfoSoup): Author, title, summary for about 15 books for teens, which may be novels told through letters or journals of real people. (Contributed by Appleton Public Library Reference and Information Services Staff, Nov. 2006.)


Bibliotherapy

Realistic Fiction (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for over 100 fiction titles in these categories: Abuse/Harassment; Alcohol/Drugs; Death/Dying; Disabilities/Diseases/Mental Health; Divorce/Relationships; Fitting In; Food Issues/Weight Concerns; Pregnancy/Sex; Working & Living Together. Updated March 2008.

Realistic Fiction for Teens (InfoSoup - Appleton Public Library): Sections: Abuse, Body image and eating disorders, Death and suicide, Drug and alcohol use and abuse, Fitting in, Gangs and violence, Physical and mental diseases and disabilities, Teen Parenthood, Teen relationships. Author, title, pub. year, cover image, webcat link and summary for about 90 titles in all. March 2007.

Changes and Choices (San Francisco PL, CA): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 70 books about family matters, body changes and sexuality, relationships, health, violence, school stuff, and tough situations. Updated Oct. 2007.

We Got Issues! (Ocean County Library, NJ): 'Books for teens about the issues they face!' Author, title, summary and issue(s) for about a dozen titles, dealing with homosexuality, drugs, rape, violence, obsessive compulsive disorder, self-mutilation, suicide, teen parents, depression, etc. Compiled 2003.

It's Rough Out There: Teen Life and Issues Fiction Booklist (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, summary, webcat link for 14 titles.

Young Adult Issues (Glen Ellyn Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary for about 45 novels about issues of concern for middle school and high school students, from Avi's Nothing But the Truth to Terry Trueman's Inside Out. Sept. 2008.

Teen Books with Decision-Making Themes (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for over 45 novels about the consequences of choices made, from Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak to Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville's Armageddon Summer. Updated Aug. 2008.

Coping in a Post-9/11 World, for Teens (Project Liberty, Westchester Libraries, NY): 'Books that celebrate diversity, open-minded thinking, an appreciation of complexity and encourage thinking about things from a variety of view points and perspectives. While there are titles with straight-forward information on terrorism and the events of 9/11 and its aftermath, there are also books that provoke reflection on issues of life, death and living in uncertain times. These books offer hope and comfort and insight.' Author, title, publisher, summary for about 85 books.

Middle School Books Dealing with Ethical Issues (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for 15 novels, from Rachel Anderson's Black Water to Paul Zindel's Loch. Updated Jan. 2006.

BODY IMAGE and EATING DISORDERS

Eating Disorders/Weight Control (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY) : Author, title, summary for about 20 books on food, eating, diet, from Liliane Atlan's The Passersby to Barbara Wersba's Fat, a Love Story. Updated July 2008.

Dying To Be Thin (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author, title, summary for teen and chapter book fiction, adult fiction, and non-fiction on eating disorders. 13 fiction titles, from Best Little Girl in the World by Steven Levenkron to Second Star to the Right by Deborah Hautzig. Also 7 non-fiction titles. Updated Oct. 2007.

Realistic Fiction about Food Issues and Weight Concerns (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for 18 novels, from Joan Bauer's Squashed to Pamela Todd's Pig and the Shrink.

The Skin You're In (Carmel Clay PL, Carmel, IN): Fiction and non-fiction titles combined about 'body image and self- acceptance,' about 20 total. Author, title, cover image, webcat link and summary for each.

Eating Disorders: A Booklist for Children and Young People (City of Birmingham, UK): These books explain 'what an eating disorder is and how to get help.' Author, title, summary for about 10 titles, fiction and non-fiction, from Claire Beeken's My Body My Enemy to Peter Sanders' Anorexia, Bulimia and Other Eating Disorders. Updated Dec. 2007.

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: Teens and Body Image (Ocean County Library, NJ): Author, title, summary for about 20 titles. Compiled 2002.

The Bare Bones: Honest Fiction about Weight and Eating Disorders (Jennifer Hubert, Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists): Detailed summaries for about 12 novels for teens about eating disorders. May 2007.

Teen Books About Eating Disorders (Best Children's Books): 'These teen books about eating disorders were recommended on more than one highly regarded list.' Author and title only for about 20 books, plus links to other similar lists.

BULLYING

Dealing with Bullies (Jessica Marie, Tigard Public Library, OR): 2-page PDF. Author, title, pub. year, cover image and summary for about a dozen books.

Stop Bullying! (Birmingham City Council, UK): Author, title, summary for 8 teenage fiction titles about bullying. Also lots of non-fiction and books for younger children. Updated May 2008.

Young Adult Fiction about Bullying (Lawrence Kansas PL, KS): Author, title and summary for 8 books for kids aged 11 and up.

Bullying: Young Adult Fiction (LibraryThing): Author, title, and link to more info for more than 30 books tagged by LibraryThing users.

DEATH, LOSS and GRIEF

Books on Death and Dying for Teens (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for over 55 novels (and one non-fiction book) about death and dying, from Joan Abelove's Saying It Out Loud to Paul Zindel's A Begonia for Miss Applebaum.

Losing Someone (San Jose Library, CA): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 12 books, in title order from Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher to You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn. Updated May 2008.

Death, Dying and Grief (Santa Clara County Library, CA): Author, title, cover image, grade level, page count, webcat link and summary for about 12 titles, from Paul Acampora's Defining Dulcie to Jenny Valentine's Me, the Missing, and the Dead. Updated Aug. 2008.

Young Carers' Stories (Booklist for Children and Young People) (City of Birmingham, UK): Books about children and teens who care for others will illnesses or injuries. Author, title, summary for about 15 fiction titles, from N. Cole's Bring In The Spring to Paul Zindel's A Begonia For Miss Applebaum. Updated Dec. 2004.

DIVORCE

Divorce -- Books for Teens (Precious Heart Chaplaincy, Crisis, Grief, Death and Divorce Archive, TX): Author, title, publication info, page count, and summary for over 250 books, most fiction. Some books are also appropriate for younger readers.

Divorce, Alcoholic Parents, Custody Battles, Parents Dating: It's not always the end of the world (Jasper County Public Library, IN): Authors, titles, summaries for over 20 children's fiction titles and over 15 teen fiction titles on these topics, mostly on divorce.

Realistic Fiction about Divorce/Relationships (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for 8 novels, from Betsy Duffey's Coaster to Ellen Wittlinger's Hard Love.

DRUGS

Substance Abuse: Novels for Teens (Springfield City Library, MA): Author, title, publication year, and summary for 15 books, in title order, from Angel Dust Blues by Todd Strasser to The White Horse by Cynthia D. Grant.

Stoned: Druggie Fiction for the Teenaged Masses (Reading Rants): Author, title, cover image and detailed summary for 6 books about drug use, accompanied by Jennifer's 'Just Say No' message.

PREGNANCY AND PARENTHOOD

Pregnancy and Parenthood: Teen Parent Booklist (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Sections: Boys' Point of View; Diaries/Journals; Friendship (that supports teen parents); On the Go (leaving home); and more. Author, title, summary, webcat link for over 30 fiction books, from Patricia Calvert's Stranger, You and I to Paul Zindel's My Darling, My Hamburger.

My Best Friend's Baby -- Stories of Teenage Pregnancy (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author, title, pub. year, and summary for about 15 titles, including Doormat by Kelly McWilliams, How to Deal by Sarah Dessen, Slam by Nick Nornby, and Perfect Family by Jerrie Oughton. Updated March 2008.

Teen Parents (Patti Cook, Wired for Youth, Austin PL, TX): Author, title, cover image, webcat link, subject list, and summary for 12 books, in title order, from Broken China by Lori Aurelia Williams to The White Horse by Cynthia Grant. Updated Oct. 2006.

And Baby Makes Three -- Sometimes! (Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore): Compiled 2004. Author, title, summary, publication year, and webcat link for about 15 books from Margaret Bechard's Hanging On To Max to Ruth Pennebaker's Don't Think Twice.

Teen Parenting Fiction (Fresno County Public Library, CA): PDF file. Author, title, summary for about 16 novels and story collections on teen parenting, from Undra E. Biggs's When You Look at Me to Cheryl Zach's Silent Tears. May 2002.


Fiction About Books


YA Classics

Classics for Teens (Yorba Linda PL, CA): Author, title, grade level, page count, genre and culture notation, webcat link, and summary for about 35 books, from Chinua Achebe's Things fall apart to TH White's The once and future king.

Timeless Titles for Teens (Beaverton City Library, OR): Author, title, cover image and summary for about 35 books, from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen to War of the Worlds by HG Wells.

Classics for Teens (Teens Point - Central Rappahanock PL, Fredericksburg, VA): Author, title, cover image, webcat link and summary for 20 books, from Orwell's 1984 to Thoreau's Walden.

Classics for Young Adults (Wheaton Public Library, IL): 2-page PDF with author, title, and summary for about 25 literary classics suitable for teens, from Watership Down by Richard Adams to The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss (includes some juvenile titles and some adult titles as well).

What Should I Read Next?: Classics (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, summaries, and webcat links for about 15 YA classics, from Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit. List is heavy on science-fiction and fantasy.

YA Classics (Novi Public Library, MI): 4-page PDF. Author, title, summary for about 35 books, from Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to Paul Zindel's The Pigman. Aug. 2007.

The Coolest Classics You Never Even Heard Of (Reading Rants): Author, title, cover image and detailed summary for 7 classics, including one of my favourites, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, as well as The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.

Classics for Teens (Hortonville PL, WI): Title with webcat link for about 65 books, from 1984 by George Orwell to The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Updated July 2007.

Classics For Teens (Logan Library, UT): Author, title, publication year, reading level/genre and webcat link for about 45 titles. Also see their list of Short Classics for Teens, similarly formatted list with another 25 or so titles. Updated Aug. 2008.


Books for the College-Bound

Also includes books set at college.

Outstanding Books for the College Bound (Cerritos Library, CA) : Author, title, summary, publication year for about 100 books, from Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart to Richard Wright's Native Son. Updated Feb. 2002.

Outstanding Books for the College-Bound Student (American Library Association): Includes author, title, publication year, and a one-line summary of book. Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Drama, and Poetry.

College-Bound Reading List (Arrowhead Library System, Janesville WI): List of about 40 works each of American Lit and World Lit (including English), and over 30 books of history/biography, as well as works in science, social science, drama, and poetry. Title, author, brief summary.

Recommended College Reading (Northbrook Public Library, IL): 'Titles recently chosen for common reading by liberal arts colleges ranked highest by U.S. News & World Report.' Author and title only for about 10 biographies, about 20 general non-fiction works, and about 25 fiction titles.

College Bound: Teen Fiction Novels on Campus (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author, title, cover image, webcat link and summary for 12 books set on college campuses, including On My Own by Melody Carlson, Red Is for Remembrance by Laurie Faria Stolarz, and Anything But Ordinary by Valerie Hobbs. Updated May 2008.


Coming of Age Novels

Coming-of-Age Novels (Reader's Advice): 'Tales of the timeless transition from childhood to adulthood.' Author and title (with Amazon links) for about 400 coming-of-age novels, from Christina Adam's Love and Country to Shay Youngblood's Black Girl in Paris. All may not be suitable to younger teens. Compiled 1999, updated regularly.

Rebel Reads (Ocean County Library, NJ): 'Feel like an outsider? You're not alone.' Author, title and summary for about 20 titles, in title order from Bad by Jean Ferris to When Jeff Comes Home by Catherine Atkins. Updated April 2007.

Outsiders: Books for Young Teens (Madison Public Library, WI): Title, author, and summary for about a dozen books about misfits, runaways, and alienated kids, from Alan & Naomi by Myron Levoy to Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block.

Free To Be Me: Books About Finding Your Way In the World (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author, title, one-line summary for 10 books, from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo to Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman. Updated Oct. 2002.


Diaries and Personal Narrative Fiction

Dear Diary: Books for Teens (Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary of over 25 books written in diary or journal format, from Annie's Baby: the Diary of Anonymous, a Pregnant Teenager to Paul Zindel's The Amazing and Death-Defying Diary of Eugene Dingman.

Diary Fiction for Young Adults (Evanston Public Library, IL): Lists about 15 books, with authors and summaries of books. July 2002.

Diaries, Letters, Journals (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY) : Author, title, summary for about 45 books, many in series like the Royal Diaries and Dear America.

Dear Diary: Novels written as diaries or in other alternate formats (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, summary, webcat link for a dozen titles, from Jennifer Bryant's Pieces of Georgia to Ellen Yeomans's Rubber Houses. Updated June 2007.


Fiction about Ecology & Environment

Green Spaces: Books about Teens and the Environment (Ocean County Library, NJ): Author, title, summary for a dozen novels, in title order, from The Ancient One by T.A. Barron to Whalesong by Robert Siegel. April 2007.


Families and Friends in Teen Fiction

See also Teen Pregnancy and Parenthood.

Family Stories (Carmel Clay PL, Carmel, IN): Author, title, cover image, webcat link and summary for about 25 fiction and non-fiction titles, in title order, from At the End of Words: A Daughter's Memoirs by Miriam Stone to What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones.

Family Relations in YA Novels (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY) : Author, title, summary for about 25 books on families, from Joan Abelove's Saying It Out Loud to Margaret Willey's The Melinda Zone.

All Kinds of Families In Books for Middle Schoolers (Berkeley Public Library, CA): Author, title, publication date, and one-line summary for about 20 fiction titles, from Judy Blume's Tiger Eyes to Jacqueline Woodson's I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, and some non-fiction titles.

Mother/Daughter Relationships: Fiction for Teens (Jasper County Public Library, IN): Author, title, summary for 7 novels on the topic, from Joan Bauer's Hope was Here to Cynthia Voigt's A Solitary Blue (which involves a mother-son relationship).

Friends (Timberland Regional Library, WA): Author, title, summary for about 20 teens' books about friendship, from The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks to Rachel Vail's Friendship Ring series. Updated Feb. 2005.

Friends Like These...Books for Young Teens about Friendship (Madison Public Library, WI): Title, author, and summary for 15 books, from Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech to What You Don't Know Can Kill You by Fran Arrick.


Books by Grade Level

Recommended Books for Sixth-Eighth Graders (Ann Arbor District Library): Author, title, one-line summary for each of 25 books/series. Compiled Jan. 2000.

Fiction for Grades 6-8 (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for over 40 novels, from Kathi Appelt's Kissing Tennessee and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance to Virginia Euwer Wolff's Bat 6.

Summer Reading List For Students Entering Grade 7 (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Summer Reading List for Galvin Middle School (Mass.) 7th graders. Author, title, summary, and webcat links for 25 fiction titles and 16 non-fiction.

Suggested Books for Students in Grade 7 (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Author, title, summary, and links to webcatalog info for 30 books and 5 series.

Recommended Reading: Seventh and Eighth Grade (Kings Park Central School District, NY): Author, title, summary, and fiction/non-fiction notation for over 100 books or series recommended for children in 7th and 8th grades.

Booklist for 7th and 8th Grades (Seattle Public Library): Title, author, summary, and page count for about 30 fiction titles, for seventh and eighth graders, from Avi's Crispin: The Cross of Lead to William Sleator's Parasite Pig.

Summer Reading List For Students Entering Grade 8 (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Summer Reading List for Galvin Middle School (Mass.) 8th graders. Author, title, summary, and webcat links for 28 fiction and 9 non-fiction titles.

Grade 7 and Grade 8 Summer Reading, 2003 (Exeter-West Greenwich Junior High, RI): Lists titles by category (humor, mystery, biography, adventure, historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy and science fiction), followed by authors and summaries for each book. Also includes letter to parents and book assignments.

7, 8, 9th Grade Book List (Anna Zanarini, Bingham Creek Library, Salt Lake County Library System, UT): PDF file. Author, title, page count, summary for each of over 75 books recommended for this age level.

Suggested Books for Students in Grade 8 (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Author, title, summary, and links to webcatalog info for 23 books and 2 series.

Incoming Freshmen Summer Reading List (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Summer 2003 Reading list for Wakefield High School (Mass.) incoming freshmen. Author, title, genre, summary, and links to webcatalog info for over 80 fiction and non-fiction books. Books for mature readers are noted.

Fiction for Grades 9-10 (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for about 25 novels, from Joan Abelove's Go and Come Back to Ellen Wittlinger's What's in a Name.

Booklist for 9th and 10th Grades (Seattle Public Library): Title, author, summary, and page count for about 25 fiction titles and 6 non-fiction titles, for ninth and tenth graders, with fiction titles from Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak to Markus Zusak's Fighting Ruben Wolfe.

Incoming Sophomore Summer Reading List (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Summer 2003 Reading List for Wakefield High School (Mass.) incoming sophomores. Author, title, genre, summary, and links to webcatalog info for over 95 books. Books for mature readers are noted.

Incoming Juniors Summer Reading List (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Summer 2003 Reading List for Wakefield High School (Mass.) incoming juniors. Author, title, genre, summary, and links to webcatalog info for over 100 books. Books for mature readers are noted.

Fiction for Grades 11-12 (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for about 25 books (mostly novels), from Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to Ellen Emerson White's The Road Home.

Booklist for 11th and 12th Grades (Seattle Public Library): Title, author, summary, and page count for about 20 fiction titles and 10 non-fiction titles, for eleventh and twelfth graders, with fiction titles from Joan Bauer's Rules of the Road to Virginia Wolff's Probably Still Nick Swanson.

Incoming Seniors Summer Reading List (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Summer 2003 Reading List for Wakefield High School (Mass.) incoming seniors. Author, title, genre, summary, and links to webcatalog info for over 105 books. Books for mature readers are noted.


Historical Fiction

Fiction for Holidays and Seasons

Holidays and Seasons, generally

Spring and Spring Holidays

Summer and Summer Holidays

Labor History Resources for K-12 School Children and Their Teachers (John L. Revitte; American Labor Studies Center) : Extensive list of resources for kids from K-12 concerning work and leisure and labor history. List includes title, author, publication info and occasionally comments about books, comic books, poetry; audio-visual materials; teacher curriculum. Some focus on Michigan.

Fall and Fall Holidays

Back to School Books for Teens (Arapahoe Library District, CO): Author, title, summary for about 15 books, half fiction and half non-fiction; fiction titles include Bloomability by Sharon Creech, Shattering Glass by Gail Giles, and Tangerine by Edward Bloor.

Haunting Stories for Fall Nights (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author, title, and summary for over 20 scary novels, from Sollace Hotze's Acquainted with the Night to Gilbert B. Cross's Witch Across Time Updated Oct. 2001.

Halloween for Teens (Arapahoe Library District, CO): Author, title, and summary for about a dozen books, from Burning Issy by Melvin Burgess to Witch Child by Celia Rees.

Winter and Winter Holidays


Horror and Suspense

Horror and the Supernatural For Young Adults (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Author, title, summary for over 20 books, from David Almond's Kit's Wilderness to Paul Zindel's Rats. Feb. 2001.

Horror Fiction for Young Adults (Wheaton Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcatalog link for over 25 horror novels and story collections, from A Fit of Shivers: Tales for Late at Night by Joan Aiken to The Blooding by Patricia Windsor.

Horror (Welles-Turner Memorial Library, Glastonbury CT): Author, title, summary for about 30 books (in two sections: When Hell is Other People; and Featuring Creatures You Never Want to Meet), from In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes to The Blooding by Patricia Windsor.

Bone-Chilling Books, Read If You Dare: Horror! (Fresno County Public Library, CA): PDF file. Author, title, summary for over 15 horror books for YA, from Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' Demon in My View to Paul Zindel's Reef of Death. May 2002.

Monsters and Maniacs: Books of Horror (Mt. Lebanon Public Library, PA): Title, author, summary, webcat link for 15 books, from Companions of the Night by Vivian VandeVelde to Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle.

What Should I Read Next?: Paranormal Fiction (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, summaries, and webcat links for about 40 books and series featuring Ghosts, Monsters & Beasts, Fairies, Unexplained Phenomena, Vampires, and the Occult.

Horror (Glen Ellyn Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary for almost 20 horror novels for middle school and high school students, from Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's In the Forests of the Night to Patricia Windsor's The Blooding.

Haunting Stories for Fall Nights (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author, title, and summary for over 20 scary novels, from Sollace Hotze's Acquainted with the Night to Gilbert B. Cross's Witch Across Time Updated Oct. 2001.

Read Them If You Dare!: Horrifying Stories for Adults and Young Adults (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for about 10 horror novels for teens and adults, from Galilee by Clive Barker to Forbidden Zone by Whitley Strieber.

Gore Galore: A Frightening Reading List for Young Adults (Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore): Compiled 2001. Author, title, one-line summary, webcat link for over 35 books, about 5 each in categories of classics, ghosts, horror stories, monsters, scary stories, vampires, and werewolves.

Ghost Stories (Evanston Public Library, IL): Lists about a dozen 'ghost stories for young adults,' with author, title, summary, publication year, from Pam Conrad's Stonewords to Thelma Hatch Wyss's A Stranger Here. July 2002.

Ghosts - For Teen Readers (Arapahoe Library District, CO): Author, title, summary for 7 ghostly novels, from Taste of Smoke by Marion Dane to Being Dead: Stories by Vivian Vande Velde.

Young Adult Horror and Suspense Novels (Cynthia Leitich Smith - Children's Literature Resources): Sixteen recommended books, with authors, titles, publication info, and detailed summaries. Also web resources on the topic and links to cited authors' homepages/interviews. Sept. 2002.

Vampire Fiction (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author, title, and summary for over 15 books featuring vampires, from Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan to Vlad the Undead by Hanna Lutzen. Updated May 2002.

Charmed Lives: Witch Stories for Teens (Pasadena Public Library, CA): Author, title, summary for about 25 YA, Adult, and Juvenile books, from Demon In My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes to Magic Can Be Murder by Vivian Vande Velde. Compiled April 2006.


Humorous Fiction

Humorous Books for Young Adults (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Author, title, summary for almost 30 books. Sept. 2001.

Funny Fiction for Teens (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for about 55 novels, from Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Paul Zindel's The Undertaker's Gone Bananas.

If You Liked Dunk by David Lubar ... (One Book New Jersey): Author, title, publication info, and summary for 23 humourous YA books, from Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Rob Thomas's Rats Saw God.

YA Humor Stories (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY) : Author, title, summary for over 15 funny novels, from Joan Bauer's Squashed to Rona Zable's Landing on Marvin Gardens.

Guaranteed Gut-Busting Reads: Humorous Fiction for Young Adults (Fresno County Public Library, CA): Author, title, summary for over 15 funny novels, from Matthew Anderson's T. Thirsty to Karen R. Young's The Beetle and Me: a Love Story.

Young Adult Books to Make You Laugh (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Author, title, summary, and links to webcatalog info for 13 funny books.

Laught Your Butt Off! (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH): Author, title, summary for about a dozen humourous novels for older and younger teens, from Go and Come Back by Joan Abelove to Holes by Louis Sachar.

Teens: Humor Books (San Jos? Public Library, CA): List of 10 funny books, with author, title, summary, and link to webcatalog.

Just for Laughs, Grades 6-8 (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for about 10 humourous novels for young teens, from Romeo and Juliet...Together (and alive!) At Last by Avi to Summer of Wheels by Gary Soto.


If you Like ... Readalikes

If You Like ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Wheaton Public Library, IL): Author, title, and webcatalog link for 8 books Buffy fans might like.

If You Like Charmed, Try ... (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Fiction about magic and witchcraft. Author, title, summary for about 30 titles listed in three groups: Historical, Contemporary and Fantastic, and Series. From Beyond the Burning Time by Kathryn Lasky to Witch's Sister by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Updated Nov. 2002.

Charmed Lives: Witch Stories for Teens (Pasadena Public Library, CA): Author, title, summary for about 25 YA, Adult, and Juvenile books, from Demon In My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes to Magic Can Be Murder by Vivian Vande Velde. Compiled April 2006.

If You LikedThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ... (Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, VA): Author, title, summary for 11 other adventure/dystopia fiction titles for teens. March 2012.

Books for teens who love The Hunger Games (Telegraph): Eight or nine books and series suggested for kids who like The Hunger Games trilogy, with author, title, slight summary and rationale. March 2012.

If You Liked Lord of the Flies ... (Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Ontario): Author, title, webcat link, brief summary for 20 books that fans of William Golding's Lord of the Flies may enjoy, from Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood to Random acts of senseless violence by Jack Womack.

If You Liked Brave New World ... (Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Ontario): Author, title, webcat link, brief summary for about 40 books that fans of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World may enjoy, from The Cockatrice boys by Joan Aiken to The day of the triffids by John Wyndham.

Redwall Read-Alikes: For Teens and Adults (Edmonton Public Library, Canada): Author, title, webcat link for books for teen readers (12 books) and adults (8 books) similar to Brian Jacques' Redwall series. Updated Nov. 2003.

If You Like To Kill A Mockingbird (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): Books similar to Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, which contains these elements: 'History, Racism, the Legal System, Southern setting, Mystery, Courtroom Drama, Morality, The Father as Hero, and a strong youthful narrative voice.' Author, title, webcat link, and short summary for about 15 titles, from William Armstrong's Sounder to Mildred D. Taylor's Let the Circle Be Unbroken. Compiled June 2006.

If You Liked Dunk by David Lubar ... (One Book New Jersey): Author, title, publication info, and summary for 23 humourous YA books, from Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Rob Thomas's Rats Saw God.

John Marsden 'Tomorrow Series' Read-a-likes (Invercargill City Libraries, NZ): Author and title for over 20 books/series similar to this one.

Sad Stories (If You Like Lurlene McDaniel ...) (The Teen Place, Canton Public Library, MI): 'If you like a good cry -- or like Lurlene McDaniel's books -- these are for you.' Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 10 books, from Joan Abelove's Saying It Out Loud to Maureen Crane Wartski's Candle in the Wind.

Harry Potter Readalikes (Waterboro Public Library): Extensive annotated list, plus links to dozens of other Harry Potter-like sites.

If You Liked The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci ... (One Book New Jersey): [Scroll 2/5 down page for list.] Author, title, publication year, grade level, and summary for about 50 books similar to this one, based on aspect of the book that was attractive: mystery & suspense; insiders & outsiders; novels with a New Jersey setting. Compiled in 2004.

Tolkien Read-Alikes (Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, MA): Lists 18 series, with author, series name, book titles and descriptions, from Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain to Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn.

Twilight Readalikes (Santa Clara County Library, CA): Books similar to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. Author, title, cover image, webcat link and summary for about 30 titles, from Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' Demon in My View to Scott Westerfeld's Uglies. Updated Aug. 2008.

If You Like ... The X Files (Wheaton Public Library, IL): Author, title, and webcatalog link for seven books X-Files fans might like.

If You Don't Like To Read - Young Adults (Wheaton Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcatalog link for over 25 books (mostly fiction) for teens who don't like to read, from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou to Rats by Paul Zindel.


Inspirational Fiction

See also Religion in the Young Adult Diversity section.

Inspired Reading for Adults and Young Adults (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for 10 novels and non-fiction books about God and faith for teens and adults, with fiction titles from The Shepherd by Joseph Girzone to The Blue Bottle Club by Penelope Stokes.

Inspired Reading for Middle School, Grades 6-8 (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for 10 novels and non-fiction books about God and faith for young teens, with fiction titles from Tell Me Everything by Carolyn Coman to Preacher's Boy by Katherine Paterson.

Inspirational Fiction for Teens (Carolyn Reinhard, Arlington Heights Library, IL - Fiction-L List): Author and title listed for over 70 books or series for teens. A few age ranges provided.

Inspirational Fiction for Teens (Monroe County Public Library, IN): List of about 60 authors, with titles and series listed. No summaries.

Religious Fiction for Teens (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for about 60 novels and a few series featuring 'teens who are trying to figure out what they believe, and how they integrate those beliefs into their daily lives.' From Laurie Halse Anderson's Catalyst to Jane Breskin Zalben's Unfinished Dreams: A Novel.


Multicultural / Diverse Fiction


Multiple Lists / General Fiction

Top 20 Young Adult Books of the 20th Century (Seattle Public Library): Title and author of top 20 ranked books, as chosen by the Seattle Public Library's Young Adult Librarians & Specialists, along with 10 honorable mentions.

Fiction Booklists for Young Adults on the Web (Maggi Rohde): Links to LOTS of lists, in categories of Best Of/General Lists, If you liked this, try that, Specific Topics, For Specific Readers, and Multicultural. Within these categories, links are simply listed, without titles or annotation.

Booklists for Teens (Boston Public Library): Includes these lists: Americanos - English and Spanish versions; Choosing to Participate: Facing History and Ourselves; Cool Books for Hot Nights!; Harsh Realities: Recent Fiction about Teenagers from Many Cultures; I have lived a thousand years: Readings on the Holocaust; Survivors: A Booklist for Young People; Torn in Two: Selected Fiction Featuring Asian, Hispanic, and Native American Young People; Two-Way Mirror: Multicultural Fiction for Young People; Well-Written Lives Biographies and Autobiographies for Young Adults; Young Sisters and Brothers: Selected Recent Fiction Featuring Black Youth; School Summer Reading Lists.

Book Lists: Young Adults (American Library Association): Award-winning books for 1996-2004: Alex Awards; Best Books for Young Adults; Margaret A. Edwards Award; Michael L. Printz Award; Outstanding Books for the College Bound; Popular Paperbacks; Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers; Selected Audio Books; Selected DVDs and Videos.

Good Books: Recommended Titles for Young Adults (New York Public Library): Booklists for these themes, each recommending from 6-12 books: Are you afraid of the dark?; Around the World in Books; A Celebration of Women; Challenged and Banned Books; The Dream Lives On; East Meets West; From Bliss to Breakup; Get Graphic at Your Library; Historical Fiction; Just Visiting this Planet; Latino Roots; Love. Sigh. - Great Books for Valentine's Day; Math Books for People Who Think They Don't Like Math; On the Bard; Poetry Unleashed: Rhymes, Rants, Stanzas, Free Verse; Proud Pages; Slammin' Poetry Books; Snowy Stories for Winter; Strange Orbit; What's Your Fantasy?; Winning Ways; Work It; and Worth a thousand words: Books for New English Speakers.

Hot Titles for Teens (Harford County Public Library, MD): 'Titles That Have Stood the Test of Time & Season.' Author, title, summary for 15 novels for teens, from Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause to Wildside by Steven Gould.

Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (American Library Association): View list for each year 1996-2001, or view books by genre.

Flamingnet Book Reviews (Maryland-based son and dad team): Book reviews (about 200 posted as of 4/04) for preteens and young adults. Books are rated on a 0-10 scale and brief reviews and suggested age ranges accompany each. Created by a student who loves to read, with his dad's help. Browse reviews, or search by keyword, category, title, or author.

Young Adult Books for the Young At Heart (Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Jefferson City, MO): Compiled 2000. One of Wolfner's mini-bibliographies, a list of 12 titles, with author and detailed summaries of each title. These are YA books that adults may also like.

Booktalks - Quick and Simple (Nancy J. Keane - Rundlett Middle School, Concord NH): Over 700 short plot outlines of books for K-12. Indexes by titles, authors, and an incredible array of subjects -- including adoption, alcoholism, animals, death, evolution, holidays, mysteries, music, slavery, etc. Also a separate page for Reading Lists by topic.

Teen Books for the Mind, Heart and Soul (Mary Linden, Minneapolis Public Library, MN): Author, title, summary, and catalog link for each book, listed by category: Discovering a Bigger World (7 books); Love (5); Growing Up (8); Adventure, Action and Survival (6); Fantasy, Science Fiction and Time Travel (5); Mystery (4); and Classics (8).

Favorite Teenage Angst Books: Categories of sex and love, fitting in, mixed-up families, journeys, awakenings, creativity, challenge, out of bounds, healing, trouble, and pressure. Title, author, description.

Adult Novels for Young Teens (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Author, title, and summary for almost 30 adult novels that are appropriate for young teens. From Emily Bonte's Wuthering Heights to T.H. White's The Once and Future King.

Young and Impressionable (Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore): Recommendations in these categories: Been There, Done That (historical fiction); Rainbow Coalition; Laugh It Up; What's the Difference? (multiculturalism); and Keep It Real (mostly struggles with severe injuries and illnesses). Author, title, summary.

Fiction for Teens (14+) (Booktrusted.com, UK): Author, title, publication info, summary, cover image (some) for eight novels for older teens.

Is There A Doctor in the House?, Grades 6-8 (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for 8 medically themed novels for young teens, from Emergency Room by Caroline Cooney to Izzy, Willy Nilly by Cynthia Voigt.

Fiction with Alternating Points of View (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for over 40 novels whose narrator switches from one character to another, from Kathi Appelt's Kissing Tennessee and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance to Paul Zindel's The Pigman.

Verse Novels and other Narrative Poetry for Teens (Edmonton Public Library, Canada): Author, title, brief summary, webcat link for almost 20 novels, from After the Death of Anna Gonzales by Terri Fields to Witness by Karen Hesse. Compiled Dec. 2003.

Novels in Poetry Form (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for 8 novels for teens, from Split Image by Mel Glenn to True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff.


Mystery / Detection / Suspense

Mysteries for Teens (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for over 110 mystery books, from Anthony Dana Arkin's Captain Hawaii to Mary Frances Zambreno's Journeyman Wizard.

YA Mystery Fiction (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY) : Author and book title for over 45 YA mysteries, from Vivien Alcock's The Mysterious Mr. Ross to Laurence Yep's The Case of the Lion Dance; L-Z authors are at YA Mystery Fiction - Part II.

Mysteries for Teens (Tucson-Pima Public Library): Lists about a dozen titles, with author, title, publication year, summaries, webcat link. Updated June 2008.

Mystery Fiction for Young Adults (Wheaton Public Library, IL): 2-page PDF. Author, title, summary, and webcatalog link for about 30 teen mystery novels, Down the rabbit hole : an echo falls mystery, by Peter Abrahams to Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin. Compiled Jan. 2007.

Mystery and Suspense (Glen Ellyn Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary for about 20 mystery novels for middle school and 10 for high school students. Updated June 2008.

Mysteries: Books for Teens (Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary for over 30 books of suspense and mystery, from Avi's Wolf Rider: A Tale of Terror to Robert Westall's A Place to Hide.

What Should I Read Next?: Mystery (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, summaries, and webcat links for about 20 novels, from Deadly Deception by Betsey Haynes to Who Killed Mr. Chippendale by Mel Glenn.

Mystery, Spy, Horror and Suspense: Grades 6-8 (Haworth Public School, NJ) Author, title, summary for about 20 books.

Teen WhoDunnits (Mount Prospect Public Library, IL) : Author, title, and summary for 8 mystery novels for young adults.

Mysteries for Teens (The Teen Place, Canton Public Library, MI): 'From the flat-out mysterious to the subtly suspenseful.' Author, title, webcat link, and summary for about a dozen books, from Avi's Wolf Rider to Nancy Werlin's Killer's Cousin, plus a smattering of adult mysteries suitable for teens.

It's A Mystery Booklist, Grades 6-8 (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for 12 mysteries for young teens, from The Drackenberg Adventure by Lloyd Alexander to The Case of the Goblin Pearls by Laurence Yep.

Teens on the Edge: Mystery and Suspense Fiction for Young Adults 2005 (Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore): Compiled 2005. Author, title, summary, publication year, and webcat link for about 10 books, published in 2004 and 2005, from Kissing the Rain by Kevin Brooks to Double Helix by Nancy Werlin.

Teen Thrillers and Mysteries for the Adrenaline Junkie (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, summary, webcat link for 10 titles, from Robert Cormier's I Am the Cheese to Gail Giles's Shattering Glass.

Crime and Punishment: Legal and Detective Thrillers, Grades 6-8 (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for 6 thrillers for young teens, in title order from Gateway by Lee Robinson to The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney.

It's A Mystery To Me! (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH): Author, title, summary for 10 YA mysteries, from The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier to The Wreckers by Iain Lawrence.

Cloak and Dagger: Mysteries for Young Adults (Fresno County Public Library, CA): 2-page PDF file. Author, title, summary for 10 YA mystery/suspense titles and series. Updated March 2008.


Realistic and Urban Fiction

See also Bibliotherapy for fiction on teen issues.

Realistic/Issue-Driven YA Fiction (Haworth Public School, NJ) Separate sections for: School Stories, Stories of Friendship, Abuse, Family, Coming of Age, Teen Pregnancy, Death/Deadly Disease, and Sexual Identity. Author, title and lengthy summary for each of about 200 books (some overlap among lists).

Hip-Hop! Teen Rap Titles (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, summary, webcat link for 7 non-fiction books, from Cathy Scott's Murder of Biggie Smalls to Eminem's Angry Blonde.

City Beat: Urban Fiction For Teens (San Francisco PL, CA): Author, title, publisher, webcat link and summary for about 30 books, from A Little Piece of Sky by Nicole Bailey-Williams to When Kambia Elaine Flew in From Neptune by Lori Aurelia Williams. Updated Oct. 2007.

Gang Related Fiction (San Francisco PL, CA): Author, title, publisher, webcat link and summary for about 15 fiction and about 12 non-fiction titles, with fiction books from Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper to Rite of Passage by Richard Wright. Updated Oct. 2007.

It's Rough Out There: Teen Life and Issues Fiction Booklist (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, webcat link, cover image, and summary for 14 novels, from Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak to Jacqueline Woodson's Miracle's Boys.

Realistic Fiction (Mt. Vernon Junior High, Mt. Vernon, Indiana): Author, title, summary for about 75 books, from After the Rain by Norma Fox Mazer to Yolanda's Genius by Carol Fenner. For teens and older children.

What Should I Read Next?: Contemporary Fiction (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, webcat links, and issues dealt with (death, fundamentalist beliefs, divorce, prejudice, family violence, etc.), for about 20 books, including Joan Bauer's Rules of the Road, Revolutions of the Heart by Marsha Qualey, Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block, and Live a Little by Colin Neenan.

Realistic Fiction (Jessica Marie, Tigard Public Library, OR): 6-page PDF. Author, title, pub. year, cover image and summary for about 40 books, most published since 2000, from Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson to So Yesterday by Scott Westerfield.

Get Real (Ocean County Library, NJ): 1-page PDF. 'Fiction to reflect real life.' Author, title, summary for about 15 titles. Compiled 2005.

What Should I Read Next?: Social Issues (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, and webcat links for books in these categories: Life Changes, Life Choices, Life Happens, Life in Society, and Life in the World.


Books for Reluctant and Advanced Readers

Reluctant readers are: Children who are intelligent and interested in reading, but don't read well; children who seem to have no interest and, as a result of not reading regularly, are falling behind; children who are dealing with specific learning problems that impede their ability, and willingness, to read; and children who read well but have little interest in doing so [adapted from About.Com definition]. Advanced readers are teens who are able and emotionally ready to read at an adult level. These two groups may overlap.

High Interest/Lower Reading Level Books for Middle and High Schoolers (Madison Public Library, WI): 'List taken from More Rip Roaring Reads for Reluctant Readers by Bette Ammon and Gale Sherman, 1999. List includes title, author, publication info, summary for about 20 books, organised by grade level (middle school interest and high school interest). Notes reading level and interest level for each (e.g., Fifth grade reading level with sixth to ninth grade interest level).

High Interest Low Vocabulary Fiction (Watertown Free Public Library, MA): Author, title, publication year, summary of about a dozen books for teens with low reading skills.

High Interest Low Vocabulary Non-Fiction (Watertown Free Public Library, MA): Author, title, publication info, summary of ten biographies and other non-fiction books for teens with low reading skills.

Resources for Reluctant Readers (About.Com): Definition of 'reluctant reader,' and resources to encourage your child to read and for selecting appropriate books. Links to publishers and other online resources.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 1997-2005 (American Library Association - YALSA): 'Books that teens, ages twelve to eighteen, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure, ...geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read.' Title and author listed only for fiction and non-fiction books. Lists selections for years 1997-current.

Choosing Books for Reluctant Readers (The Word Pool, UK): Not a booklist but a few ideas about how to select books relucant readers will read.

Speed Reads: Thin Novels of 150 Pages or Less! (Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore): Compiled 2002. Author, title, summary, publication year, and webcat link for almost 15 short novels, published between 1997 and 2001, from Bruce Brooks's Vanishing to Jacqueline Woodson's The House You Pass On the Way.

Children's Books for Teens (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH): Author, title, and summary of 6 children's titles with teen appeal, from Heaven Eyes by David Almond to The Longitude Prize by Joan Dash.

Picture Books for Teens (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author, title, summary for almost 20 picture books that appeal to teens, from Anno's Journey by Mitsumasa Anno to Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg.

Hey Guys: A Booklist for Boys from 13-16 (Stonnington Library, Victoria, Australia): Author, title, and webcat link for about 35 books selected for boys, from Moses Aaron's Man Dragon to Markus Zusak's The Underdog.

Adult Novels for Older Teens (Edmonton Public Library, Canada): Author, title, brief summary, webcat link for 25 novels, from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho to Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson. Compiled Dec. 2003.

Slacker Fiction: or 20-Something Reads for Older Teens (Jennifer Hubert, Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists): Detailed summaries of more than novels for teens who came of age in the 1990s. Includes Better Than Running at Night by Hilary Frank, Bongwater by Michael Hornburg, and Slab Rat by Ted Heller.

Adult Books for Teens (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH): Author, title, and summary of 8 adult fiction titles and almost 20 non-fiction books with teen appeal; fiction titles from The Yokota Officers Club: A Novel by Sarah Bird to Prospero's Children by Jan Siegel.

Adult Books for High School Students: 2002 (School Library Journal): Selection of 17 titles 'that we believe will find enthusiastic readers across the board.' Includes fiction, memoir, general nonfiction, and true adventure, culled from almost 300 books published in 2002 and reviewed in the 'Adult Books for High School Students' section of SLJ. Author, title, publication info, ISBN, summary for each, from Tamim Ansary's West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story to Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones


Romance Fiction

Romance Booklist (Teen Cyber Center): Book or series title, author, one-line summary of over 65 romance books for teens, in these categories: Series; Classics; Contemporary; Historical; Supernatural; Fantasy; Love Stinks; Romance in Verse; Romance Gone Bad; and True Stories.

A Little Romance? (Berkeley Public Library, CA): Author, title, publication date, and one-line summary for 29 novels and short story collections about love. Compiled Sept. 1998.

Young Adult Romance (Welles-Turner Memorial Library, Glastonbury CT): 'Some humorous love stories, some true romances, and a few tragic romances.' Author, title, summary for about 50 books, from Summer Boys by Hailey Abbott to My Darling, My Hamburger by Paul Zindel. Updated Jan. 2005.

YA Love Stories Booklist (Anna Zanarini, Salt Lake County Library System, UT): Love stories for young adults. Author, title, summary, book cover image for each of about 40 books.

Twilight Readalikes (Dark Romance) (Santa Clara County Library, CA): Books similar to the dark romance of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. Author, title, cover image, webcat link and summary for about 30 titles, from Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' Demon in My View to Scott Westerfeld's Uglies. Updated Aug. 2008.

Love Stories: Books for Teens (Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, summary of about 25 novels featuring a love interest, from Miriam Bat Ami's Two Suns in the Sky to Barbara Wersba's Whistle Me Home.

Romance Fiction for Young Adults (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Author, title, grade level, and summary for 18 books. Adapted from Booklist, Sept.1998.

Love Stories for Young Adults (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Author, title, summary, and links to webcatalog info for about 25 books, from MT Anderson's Burger Wuss to Jacqueline Woodson's If You Come Softly.

Romance Fiction for Young Adults (Wheaton Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcatalog link for about 25 teen romance novels, including literary classics as well as contemporary fiction, from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen to If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson.

Matters of the Heart: Romantic Reads for Teens (Des Plaines Public Library, IL): Title, author, summary for 11 romance novels, from Forever by Judy Blume to Bellwether by Connie Willis.

Love All Around: Teen Fiction About Love (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, summary, webcat link for 11 titles, from Robert Cormier's Tenderness to Jacqueline Woodson's If You Come Softly.

Love Bites: Stories to Break Your Heart (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author, title, and summary for 8 teen books about love, from Running Loose by Chris Crutcher to Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas. Updated Aug. 2001.

The Love Tug (Mount Prospect Public Library, IL) : Author, title, publication year, summary for about a dozen books, from Paul Allman's The Knot to Susan Vreeland's What Love Sees.

Romantic Fiction for Adolescent Boys (Linda G. Fields, Rochester Hills Public Library, MI - Fiction-L List): About fifteen title recommendations, with author. Compiled Sept. 1999.


Sad / Tragic Stories

Read 'Em and Weep (Welles-Turner Memorial Library, Glastonbury CT): 'For those of you who like a good cry now and then. Most of them are about teens coming to terms with the death of a friend or parent, or maybe their own illness. Some of them are about a tragedy they have witnessed or even caused.' Author, title, summary for about 30 books, from Saying It Out Loud by Joan Avelove to If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson. Updated Feb. 2003.

Sad Stories (If You Like Lurlene McDaniel ...) (The Teen Place, Canton Public Library, MI): 'If you like a good cry -- or like Lurlene McDaniel's books -- these are for you.' Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 10 books, from Joan Abelove's Saying It Out Loud to Maureen Crane Wartski's Candle in the Wind.


Books in Series

YA Books in Series and Sequels (Bettendorf Public Library, IA): 'We've done our best to identify as many series written for or enjoyed by teens as possible. Due to space considerations, we have not included very large series such as Sweet Valley High, Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew.' Browse alphabetically by series title or author's name. Extensive database; the 'author As' alone lists books for about 30 series.

Inspirational Fiction Series for Teens (The Logan Library - Utah): Arranged by series title, this site lists author, brief description of series, and series titles in order.

Popular YA Series (Cuyahoga Falls Library, OH): Name of series and author with webcat link for about 14 series, from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery to Sweet Valley High and Sweet Valley University by Francine Pascal.

Teens Series (San Jos? Public Library, CA): List of 10 YA series with author, brief summary, and title of first in series. Links to webcatalog.


Speculative Fiction: Science-Fiction and Fantasy


Social and Political Issues in Fiction

Peace Be With Us Booklist (Berkeley PL, CA): Author, title, publication year and summary for three separate lists, which include both fiction and non-fiction titles, about 35 in all: Enduring War; Working for Peace; and Listening to Each Other. See also their War and Peace booklist, with history, memoir and (10) fiction books for middle schoolers.


Sports Fiction

Sports Books for Teens (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for sports novels and story collections, in the categories of General Sports & Athletics (23 books), Baseball (17 books), Basketball (17 books), Football (17 books), Soccer (3 books), Swimming (6 books), and Wrestling and Boxing (9 books).

Get in the Game: Sports Fiction for Young Adults (Fresno County Public Library, CA): PDF file. Author, title, summary for about 40 novels and story collections about sports, from Paul Baczewski's Just for Kicks (football) to Diana Wieler's Bad Boy (hockey).

Sports Fiction for Young Adults (Cerritos Library, CA) : Author, title, summary, publication year for about 45 books, from James Bennett's Blue Star Rapture to Markus Zusak's Fighting Ruben Wolfe. Updated Nov. 2001.

Athletic Fiction (Berkeley Public Library, CA): Author, title, one-line summary, and link to webcatalog for each of almost 30 books. Updated January 2001.

Sports Fiction for Young Adults (Wheaton Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcatalog link for over 25 sports novels for teens, from Blue Star Rapture by James W. Bennett to The Heartbeat of Halftime by Stephen Wunderli.

Sports (Glen Ellyn Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary for more than 20 novels involving sports for middle school and high school students, from Avi's S.O.R. Losers to Rich Wallace's Wrestling Sturbridge.

Make the Cut: Sports Stories and More (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary for about 20 sports novels for teens, from Off-Season by Eliot Asinof to Hard Ball by Will Weaver. Compiled April 2001.

Good Sports (Timberland Regional Library, WA): Author, title, summary for about 20 teens' books about sports and sportsmanship, from The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks (basketball) to Farm Team by Will Weaver (baseball). Updated Feb. 2005.

Sports Stories for Young Adults (Voorheesville Public Library, NY): Author, title, summary of almost 20 novels and story collections about sports, from Edward Bloor's Tangerine to Virginia Euwer Wolff's Bat 6.

Sports Fiction (The Teen Place, Canton Public Library, MI): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for about 20 books, from Edward Bloor's Tangerine to Katy Watson's Juice.

The Only Game in Town: Sports Fiction for Teens (Des Plaines Public Library, IL): Title, author, summary for a dozen books, from Roughnecks by Thomas Cochran to Farm Team by Will Weaver.

Popular Novels About School and Sports (Cuyahoga Falls Library, OH): Author, title, summary, and webcat link (for most) for a dozen books, from Nothing But The Truth: A Documentary Novel by Avi to Diamond Dogs by Alan Watt.

Difficult Choices in the Sports Arena (Mount Prospect Public Library, IL) : Author, title, summary for 7 fiction and 5 non-fiction books, with fiction titles from Caroline Cooney's The Cheerleader to John Saul's Creature.

Sports in Fiction (Watertown Free Public Library, MA): Author, title, summary for eight sports novels for teens.


Travel Fiction and Fiction of Place

International Novels (Berkeley Public Library, CA): Author, setting of book (country), title, publication date, page count, and summary for more than 25 books set in England, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, New Zealand, and France. Compiled Oct. 2000.

Teen Fiction From Other Lands (Multnomah County Library, OR): Author, title, publication year, summary for over 25 YA books set in other countries, from Joan Abelove's Go and Come Back (Peru) to Kathryn Winter's Katarina (Slovakia).

Going Global: (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): 'Great books in translation for middle readers and young adults.' Author, title, and summary for 18 books. Adapted from Booklist, June 1998.

Set in the Middle East (Evanston Public Library, IL): Lists about 10 fiction, non-fiction, and poetry books with a Middle East setting for young adults, with author, title, summary, webcat link, and publication year, from If You Could Be My Friend edited by Litsa Boudalika to Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Staples.