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YA Book Lists

Looking for something good to read? Linked below you find the hottest new teen books in all sorts of categories and genres. We also have printed lists in a binder in the Teen Zone, right next to the comic books.

Young adult novels about post-death teens and the afterlife.
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Alex Award Winners
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.
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Diaries, Letters and Emails
Young adult fiction featuring diaries, letters and emails.
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Utopian fiction is the creation of an ideal society, or utopia, as the setting for a novel. Dystopian fiction is the opposite. It is the creation of an utterly horrible or degraded society that is generally headed to an irreversible oblivion, or dystopia.
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Eating Disorders and Obesity
Young adult fiction about anorexia, bulimia, and obesity.
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Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary plot element, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic and magical creatures are common.
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For Guys
Young adult fiction for teenage boys who are reluctant readers.
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Young adult fiction with characters who are ghosts, ghost themes or hauntings.
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Historical Fiction
Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past.
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These fiction books contain subjects that pertain to physical illness: Terminal illness, cancer, coma etc.
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These books contain lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender subjects and themes.
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Love Stories/Romance
Mental Illness
These books have subjects and themes of mental illness: Depression, suicide and other mental illnesses.
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Morris Award Winners and Finalists
The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. The award’s namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. Bill Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children’s and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens.
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Mystery fiction is a genre of fiction typically focused on the investigation of a crime. Mystery fiction is often used as a synonym for detective fiction or crime fiction—in other words a novel or short story in which a detective (either professional or amateur) investigates and solves a crime mystery.
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No Romance
A selection of YA fiction with little or no romance.
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Nonfiction for Young Adults Award
YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year. The winner is announced annually at the ALA Youth Media Awards, with a shortlist of up to five titles named the first week of December.
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Novels in Verse
A verse novel is a type of narrative poetry in which a novel-length narrative is told through the medium of poetry rather than prose. Either simple or complex stanzaic verse-forms may be used, but there will usually be a large cast, multiple voices, dialogue, narration, description, and action in a novelistic manner.
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Apocalyptic fiction is a subgenre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of human civilization. This apocalypse is typically portrayed as being due to a potentially existential catastrophe such as zombie apocalypse, nuclear warfare, pandemic, extraterrestrial attack, impact event, cybernetic revolt, technological singularity, dysgenics, supernatural phenomena, divine judgment, runaway climate change, resource depletion, ecological collapse, or some other general disasters.Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster that ruins the world. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized). Post-apocalyptic stories often take place in a non-technological future world, or a world where only scattered elements of technology remain.
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Young adult fiction about pregnancy, teen pregnancy, and love. Find the books
Printz Award Winners and Honor Books
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.
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Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses, etc.
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Short Stories
A short story is a brief fictional prose narrative that is shorter than a novel and that usually deals with only a few characters.

Space/Spaceships/Interplanetary Voyages
/Space Colonies/Aliens
VOYA’s Perfect 10’s
Founded in 1978, Voice of Youth Advocates, or (VOYA), magazine is the leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, the advocacy of young adults, and the promotion of young adult literature and reading.

The Perfect Ten: A 5Q for quality (hard to imagine it better written) and a 5P for popularity (every young adult who reads was dying to read it yesterday). VOYA‘s reviewers considered these titles to be the best of the best.

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Thank you to our reference assistant, Katie, for compiling these titles.