BOOKLISTS: YOUNG ADULT SPECULATIVE FICTION (FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION)


Science Fiction and Fantasy

Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for about 60 science-fiction and fantasy novels, from Richard Adams's Watership Down to Jane Yolen's Boots and the Seven Leaguers: A Rock-and-Troll Novel.

Science Fiction and Fantasy (Welles-Turner Memorial Library, Glastonbury CT): Author, title, summary for about 35 books, from Feed by M.T. Anderson to Double Helix by Nancy Werlin. Updated May 2004.

Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teen Readers (Northbrook Public Library, IL): Lists about 40 books, with author, title, and summary of each book. From Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Roger Zelazny's The Chronicles of Amber.

Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens (Laura J. Berube, Sandy Library, Salt Lake County Library System, UT): 7-page PDF file. Author, title, summary, webcat link for each of about 40 titles. Updated Dec. 2006.

Teen Booklists: Science Fiction and Fantasy (Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary for about 35 books, from Edwin Abbott's Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions to Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle.

Journeys Beyond Our Reality: Fantasy Fiction for Young Adults (Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore): Compiled 2005. Author, title, summary, publication year, and webcat link for over 20 books, published between 2002 and 2005, from Isabel Allende's City of the Beasts to Vivian Vande Velde's Now You See It....

What Should I Read Next?: Science Fiction (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, summaries, and webcat links for about 15 novels, from Nancy Etchemendy's Power of Un to Kate Thompson's The Beguilers.

What Should I Read Next?: Time Travel Fiction (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, summaries, and webcat links for about 25 books, from T.A. Barron's Heartlight to Jane Yolen's The Devil's Arithmetic.

Time Travel Novels for Teens (Logan Library, UT): Author, title, summary for about 30 novels, from Jan Adkins' A Storm Without Rain to Jane Yolen's The Devil's Arithmetic.

Time Travel Fiction (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author and title only, for about 65 young adult novels and chapter fiction involving time travel, from 13th Floor: a Ghost Story by Sid Fleischman to Zoe Rising by Pam Conrad. Updated Aug. 2001.

Slip Through Time, for Grades 6-8 (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for about a dozen time travel novels for young teens, from The Ghost Cadet by Elaine Marie Alphin to The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen.


Science Fiction

Science Fiction Themes (Kathleen L. Fowler): Author, title, publication year, for science-fiction novels by type: alien invasion, dystopia, space opera, doomsday weapons, etc. College-level course listing.

Science Fiction (Glen Ellyn Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary for about 35 science-fiction books for middle school and high school students from Jennifer Armstrong and and Nancy Butcher's The Kindling to Connie Willis's To Say Nothing of the Dog, or, How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last. Updated Aug. 2007.

New and Nearly New Science Fiction Books for Teens 2005 (Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore): Compiled 2005. Author, title, summary, publication year, and webcat link for about 10 books, from M. T. Anderson's Feed to Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini.

Science Fiction for Young Adults (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Author, title, summary, and links to webcatalog info for 22 books.

Science Fiction for Young Adults (Wheaton Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcatalog link for over 20 science-fiction novels for YA, from Anna to the Infinite Power by Mildred Ames to Plague by Jean Ure.

Science Fiction (Berkeley Public Library, CA): Author, title, publication date, and brief ummary for 35 science-fiction books for teens. Compiled June 2006.

Try Some Science-Fiction (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH): Author, title, summary for over a dozen science-fiction books for younger and older teens, from Feed by M.T. Anderson to The Boxes by William Sleator.

Out of This World Science Fiction, Grades 6-8 (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for 14 science-fiction novels for young teens, from The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer to The Night the Heads Came by William Sleator.

Melrose Space: Science Fiction for Teens (Des Plaines Public Library, IL): Title, author, summary for 10 books, from The Postman by David Brin to Lost in Space by Joan Vinge.


Fantasy

Fantasy, Grades 6-8 (Haworth Public School, NJ) Author, title, lengthy summary for about 100 books, in these categories: Realistic Fantasy, Knights and Knighthood, Myth and Legend, Fairy Tales, Tales of Fairies, Humorous Fantasy, Time Travel, Bestiary (Animals who Talk), Magicians, Djinnis, Imps, etc., Dragons, Witchcraft and Wizardry, and The Lord of the Rings.

Fantasy for Young Adults (Wheaton Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcatalog link for about 30 fantasy novels and series, from The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley to the Enchanted Forest series by Patricia C. Wrede.

Fantasy Series for Intermediate Grades and Middle School Students (Mt. Lebanon Public Library, PA): Author, summary, series name, titles, webcat link, and suggested grade level for about 25 fantasy series, from Richard Adams's Watership Down series to Jane Yolen's Young Merlin Trilogy. Updated May 2005.

What Should I Read Next?: Fantasy (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, summaries, and webcat links for about 12 novels, from Lloyd Alexander"s The rope trick to Jane Yolen's Boots and the Seven Leaguers : a rock-and-troll novel. Updated Aug. 2007.

Fantasy for Young Adults (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Author, title, summary, and link to webcatalog for 17 books. From Lloyd Alexander's The Book of Three to Mary Frances Zambreno's A Plague of Sorcerers. Similar to a Harry Potter Readalike list. Updated Feb. 2001.

Fantasy for Young Adults (Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, MA): Provides authors, series name/titles, and descriptions of books for 12 single fantasy titles and 16 series for teens. Includes books by Patricia McKillip, Madeleine L'Engle, David and Leigh Eddings, Tamora Pierce, Jane Yolen, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and others. Updated Jan. 2002.

Fantasy (Glen Ellyn Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary for about 45 fantasy books and series for middle school and high school students from Lloyd Alexander's The Book of Three to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. Updated Aug. 2007

Fantasy (Santa Clara County Library, CA): Author, title, cover image, page count, grade level, webcat link and summary for about 12 titles, from Janet Lee Carey's Dragon’s Keep to Firebirds Rising (ed. Sharyn November). Updated July 2008.

Twilight Readalikes (Santa Clara County Library, CA): Books similar to Stephenie Meyer's vampire-romance 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.

Wisdom, Wonder, Women: Strong Females in Fantasy (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 10 teen fantasy novels featuring strong women characters, by these authors: Tamora Pierce; Mercedes Lackey; Jane Yolen; Piers Anthony; Nalo Hopkinson; Robin McKinley; Naomi Kritzer; Gail Carson Levine; Jeanne DuPrau; and Cornelia Funke.

If You Like Harry Potter, You May Like... (Waterboro Public Library): Annotated list of dozens of books for fans of Harry Potter, chosen for their similarities to the characters, events, style, etc., of the Potter series.

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.

Witches and Sorcery for Young Adults (Evanston Public Library, IL): Lists about 20 books featuring witches, magic, sorcery, with author, title, summary, webcat link, and publication year, from Mary (Coyle) Chase's Mrs. McThing: A Play to Vivian Vande Velde's Magic Can be Murder. July 2002.

Magical Adventures for Ordinary People (Evanston Public Library, IL): Lists about 15 books for young adults featuring magic, with author, title, summary, webcat link, and publication year, from Judie Angell's The Weird Disappearance of Jordan Hall to Louis Sachar's Holes. July 2002.

Humorous Fantasies for Young Adults (Evanston Public Library, IL): Lists about 10 humorous fantasy novels for young adults, with author, title, summary, webcat link, and publication year, from Scott Ciencin's Dinoverse to Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles. April 2007.

High Fantasy: Grades 4-8 (Elmhurst Public Library, IL): Author and title only for about 100 high fantasy books/series for grades 4-6 and for middle school readers. Updated Dec. 2000.

King Arthur in Literature (Wheaton Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcatalog link for books in these categories: Contemporary Fiction (26), Historical & Medieval Texts (3), Children's Books (5). Also webcatalog links to other Arthurian titles. Not specifically for young adults but many appropriate for and of interest to this age group.

Joust Read!: Knights, ladies, castles, dragons, and quests (Timberland Regional Library, WA): 2-page PDF file. Author, title, summary for about 25 teens' books about medieval times, from Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett to Searching for Dragons by Patricia Wrede. Compiled summer 2005.

Knights and Knighthood (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author and title only for about 30 chapter books and teen fiction titles and series featuring knights, from Battle for the Castle by Elizabeth Winthrop to Women of Camelot by Mary Hoffman.

Fairy Tales (The Teen Place, Canton Public Library, MI): "Fairy tales and legends adapted and retold." Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 14 books, from Jennifer Baker's At Midnight to Jane Yolen's Briar Rose.


Fairytales and Folk Tales

Fairy Tale and Folk Tale Adaptations (Jessica Marie, Tigard Public Library, OR): 3-page PDF. Author, title, pub. year, cover image and summary for about 15 books, including authors such as Donna Jo Napoli, Robin McKinley, and Gregory Maguire.