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Books for young adults

The young adult section is for readers who have advanced beyond the children's level but aren't yet ready for certain adult novels. The books listed here are appropriate for readers age 10 or 12 through 16 -- as well as for anyone who's still a kid at heart.

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Rafael Abalos
Grimpow: The Invisible Road

Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Joan Aiken
Black Hearts in Battersea
The Cuckoo Tree
The Felix Brooke Trilogy #1: Go Saddle the Sea
The Felix Brooke Trilogy #2: Bridle the Wind
The Felix Brooke Trilogy #3: The Teeth of the Gale
Nightbirds on Nantucket
The Stolen Lake
The Whispering Mountain
The Wolves of Willoughby

Lloyd Alexander
The Book of Three
The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio
Gypsy Rizka
Vesper Holly #6: The Xanadu Adventure

David Almond
Raven Summer

Laurie Halse Anderson

Hanne Arts
Just Perfect

The Man Who Was Poe
Midnight Magic
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle


Richard Bach

Len Bailey

Alison Baird
The Hidden World

David Baldacci
Wish You Well

Lynne Reid Banks
The Adventures of King Midas

Clive Barker

T.A. Barron
Tree Girl

Marion Dane Bauer
The Red Ghost

Peter S. Beagle
The Last Unicorn

Greg Bear
Dinosaur Summer

Aiden Beaverson
The Hidden Arrow of Maether

Hilari Bell
The Farsala Trilogy #2: Rise of a Hero
The Farsala Trilogy #3: Forging the Sword

Kaitlin Bevis
Daughters of Zeus, No. 1: Persephone
Daughters of Zeus, No. 2: Daughter of Earth & Sky
Daughters of Zeus, No. 3: The Iron Queen

Franny Billingsley
The Folk Keeper

Holly Black

Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi
The Spiderwick Chronicles #1: The Field Guide
The Spiderwick Chronicles #2: The Seeing Stone
The Spiderwick Chronicles #3: Lucinda's Secret
The Spiderwick Chronicles #4: The Ironwood Tree
The Spiderwick Chronicles #5: The Wrath of Mulgarath

Francesca Lia Block
Blood Roses
House of Dolls
I Was a Teenage Fairy
Violet & Clare
The Waters & the Wild
Weetzie Bat

Edward Bloor
Story Time

Judy Blume, editor
Places I Never Meant To Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers

Megan Bostic
Never Eighteen

Karla Brady
The Soul of the Band

Bodil Bredsdorff
The Crow Girl

Herbie Brennan
Faerie Wars
Fairy Nuff: A Tale of Bluebell Wood

Sarah Rees Brennan
The Lynburn Legacy, No. 1: Unspoken

Heather Brewer
Legacy of Tril #1: Soulbound

Sigmund Brouwer
The Disappearing Jewel of Madagascar
The Volcano of Doom

N.M. Browne
Warriors of Alavna
Warriors of Camlann

Michael Buckley
The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives, Book 1

Margaret Buffie
The Watcher

Emma Bull

Allison Burnett
Undiscovered Gyrl


Rachel Caine
The Morganville Vampires #1: Glass Houses
The Morganville Vampires #2: Dead Girl's Dance
The Morganville Vampires #3: Midnight Alley

Dia Calhoun
Aria of the Sea

Orson Scott Card
Space Boy

Isobelle Carmody
Little Fur: The Legend Begins

Gail Carriger
Custard Protocol #1: Prudence

Peter Carver, editor
The Horrors: Terrifying Tales, Book I

Kristin Cashore

Janie Chodosh
Death Spiral

Wendy Cincotta
Adventures in Evergreen #1: Christopher's Adventures in Evergreen

Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments #1: City of Bones
The Mortal Instruments #2: City of Ashes
The Mortal Instruments #3: City of Glass

Douglas Glenn Clark
The Lake That Stole Children

Wim Coleman & Pat Perrin
The Taker & the Keeper

James Lincoln Collier
The Empty Mirror

Paul Collins
The Skyborn

Tina Connolly

Kate Constable
Chanters of Tremaris #1: The Singer of All Songs

Susan Cooper
The Boggart
Dawn of Fear
King Of Shadows

Ron Costello
The Junto: Racing to the Bell

Bruce Coville
Oddly Enough

Kevin Crossley-Holland
Arthur, Book I: The Seeing Stone

Marianne Curley
The Named

Karen Cushman
Matilda Bone


Anna Dale
Whispering to Witches

Kara Dalkey
The Ascension (Water Trilogy, Book 1)
The Nightingale

Sheila A. Dane
Fairy Hunters, Ink.

Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, editors
A Wolf at the Door: & Other Retold Fairy Tales

Peter David
Knight Life

Pamela Dean
Juniper, Gentian & Rosemary

Gideon Defoe
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
The Pirates! In an Adventure with the Romantics

Tom Deitz
Windmaster's Bane

Liz DeJesus
First Frost

Melissa de la Cruz
Blue Bloods #4: The Van Allen Legacy

Joseph Delaney
The Last Apprentice #1: Revenge of the Witch

Charles de Lint
The Blue Girl
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, illustrated by Charles Vess
A Circle of Cats, illustrated by Charles Vess
The Dreaming Place
Dreams Underfoot
The Ivory & the Horn
Jack in the Green
Jack of Kinrowan
  (omnibus: Jack the Giant-Killer, Drink Down the Moon)
The Little Country
Little (Grrl) Lost
Promises to Keep
Waifs & Strays
What the Mouse Found & Other Stories

Lauren DeStefano
Internment Chronicles #1: Perfect Ruin

Donald B. Dewar
Jack's Dad & the Beanstalk

Emily Diamand
Raiders' Ransom

Peter Dickinson
The Ropemaker

Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
The Spiderwick Chronicles #1: The Field Guide
The Spiderwick Chronicles #2: The Seeing Stone
The Spiderwick Chronicles #3: Lucinda's Secret
The Spiderwick Chronicles #4: The Ironwood Tree
The Spiderwick Chronicles #5: The Wrath of Mulgarath

Robyn & Tony DiTocco
Atlas' Revenge
The Hero Perseus

Cameron Dokey

Julia Donaldson
The Giants & the Joneses

Emma Donoghue
Kissing the Witch

Malachy Doyle

Emily Drake
The Magickers
The Magickers #2: The Curse of Arkady
The Magickers #3: The Dragon Guard
The Magickers #4: The Gate of Bones

Mark Dunn
Ella Minnow Pea: a Progressively Lippogrammatic Epistolary Fable

Kristyn Dunnion
Mosh Pit

Lord Dunsany
The Charwoman's Shadow

Frederic S. Durbin
The Star Shard


Patricia Elliott

Sylvia Louise Engdahl
Journey Between Worlds

Wesley Eure
The Red Wings of Christmas


Anthony R. Fanning
Natalie's Good Fortune

Charles Coleman Finlay
The Prodigal Troll

Sholly Fisch
Gen13: Version 2.0, with Matt Haley

Catherine Fisher

Pauline Fisk
Midnight Blue

Sheree Fitch
The Gravesavers

Louise Fitzhugh
Harriet the Spy

Melissa Francis
Bite Me!

E.R. Frank

Monica Furlong


Neil Gaiman
Blueberry Girl, illustrated by Charles Vess
M is for Magic
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Wolves in the Walls, illustrated by Dave McKean

Nancy Garden
The Year They Burned the Books

Alan Garner
The Owl Service

Jessica Day George
Princess of the Midnight Ball
Tuesdays at the Castle

Adele Geras
Egerton Hall, Book 1: The Tower Room

K.L. Going
The Garden of Eve

William Goldman
The Princess Bride

Beth Goobie
Before Wings

Alan Grant
JLA: The Stone King


Margaret Peterson Haddix
Just Ella

Shannon Hale
Book of a Thousand Days
Enna Burning
The Goose Girl
Princess Academy

Byron Hansen & Dennis Meier
The Science Club Kids & the Fabulous Phrenosan Wormhole Device

Holly Hardin
Aurora of the Northern Lights

Mette Ivie Harrison
The Princess & the Hound

Rachel Hartman

Merrie Haskell
The Princess Curse

Julie Hearn
Sign of the Raven

Robert A. Heinlein
Citizen of the Galaxy
Have Space Suit-Will Travel
Red Planet

Karen Hesse
Out of the Dust

Jason Hightman
The Saint of Dragons

Kirkpatrick Hill
Minuk: Ashes in the Pathway

Michael Hoeye
Time Stops for No Mouse

Alice Hoffman
Green Angel
Water Tales
  (omnibus: Aquamarine, Indigo)

Mary Hoffman
Stravaganza: City of Masks
Stravaganza: City of Stars

Nina Kiriki Hoffman
A Fistful of Sky
The Silent Strength of Stones
The Thread That Binds the Bones

Mary Hogan
Susanna Sees Stars

Tom Holt
Who's Afraid of Beowulf?

Mary Hooper
Petals in the Ashes

Colleen Houck
Tiger's Curse
Tiger's Quest

Deborah Howe
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery


Eva Ibbotson
Journey to the River Sea, with Kevin Hawkes
The Secret of Platform 13

David Garrett Izzo


Craig Alan Johnson
Wave Watcher

Diana Wynne Jones
Dark Lord of Derkholm
Deep Secret
The Tough Guide to Fantasyland


Lauren Kate

Patrice Kindl
Goose Chase

Mindy L. Klasky
The Glasswrights' Journeyman
The Glasswrights' Test

Jackie French Koller
The Keepers #1: A Wizard Named Nell

E.L. Konigsburg
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Daniel Kraus
The Monster Variations

Ellen Kushner
The Horns of Elfland, editor
Thomas the Rhymer


Mercedes Lackey
Brightly Burning
The River's Gift

Elizabeth Laird
The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

Sionbhe Lally
A Hive for the Honeybee

Margo Lanagan
The Brides of Rollrock Island
Tender Morsels

Kelli Sue Landon
Nightmare at Camp Forrestwood

Michael Lawrence
Withern Rise #1: A Crack in the Line

Carol Lay

Tanith Lee
The Claidi Journals #1: Wolf Tower
Dark Castle, White Horse
Islands in the Sky (Voyage of the Basset #1)

Ursula K. Le Guin
A Wizard of Earthsea

Alan J. Levine
The Adventures of Short Stubbly Brownbeard

Gail Carson Levine
Ella Enchanted

Holly Lisle
Moon & Sun #1: The Ruby Key

Kathryn Littlewood

D. Anne Love
The Puppeteer's Apprentice

Janet Lunn
Twin Spell

Valerie Rolfe Lupini
The Whistle


Carolyn MacCullough
Once a Witch

D.J. MacHale
Pendragon #5: Black Water

Catherine Macphail
Dark Waters

Liam MacUistin
The Hunt for Diarmaid & Grainne

Juliet Marillier

Yann Martel
Life of Pi

Rafe Martin

Mike Mason
The Blue Umbrella

Diane Matchek
The Sacrifice

L.S. Matthews
The Outcasts

Anne McCaffrey
Black Horses for the King
Dragonriders of Pern #1: Dragonflight
Dragonriders of Pern #2: Dragonquest
Dragonriders of Pern #3: The White Dragon

Ian McEwan
The Daydreamer

Jeremy McGuire
O'Shaughnessey: A Boy & His Leprechaun

Ellen Kindt McKenzie
The Golden Band of Eddris

Patricia McKillip
The Riddle-Master of Hed trilogy
  (omnibus: The Riddle-Master of Hed, The Heir of Sea & Fire, Harpist in the Wind)
Winter Rose

Robin McKinley
Rose Daughter

Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy

O.R. Melling
The Druid's Tune
The Hunter's Moon
The Light-Bearer's Daughter
The Summer King

Henry Melton
Roswell or Bust!

Sienna Mercer
My Sister the Vampire #1: Switched
My Sister the Vampire #4: Vampalicious!

Kai Meyer
Dark Reflections #1: The Water Mirror
Dark Reflections #2: The Stone Light
The Wave Walkers #2: Pirate Emperor

L.A. Meyer
Jacky Faber #1: Bloody Jack
Jacky Faber #2: Curse of the Blue Tattoo
Jacky Faber #3: Under the Jolly Roger
Jacky Faber #4: In the Belly of the Bloodhound
Jacky Faber #5: Mississippi Jack
Jacky Faber #6: My Bonny Light Horseman
Jacky Faber #7: Rapture of the Deep
Jacky Faber #8: The Wake of the Lorelei Lee
Jacky Faber #9: The Mark of the Golden Dragon
Jacky Faber #10: Viva Jacquelina!
Jacky Faber #11: Boston Jacky
Jacky Faber #12: Wild Rover No More

Stephenie Meyer
Twilight #1: Twilight
Twilight #2: New Moon
Twilight #4: Breaking Dawn

Deanna Miller
Sky Bounce

Mary Beth Miller
On the Head of a Pin

Craig Moodie

Justine Musk


Donna Jo Napoli
Crazy Jack
The Magic Circle
Song of the Magdalene
Spinners, with Richard Tchen

Mary Norton
Are All the Giants Dead?, illustrated by Brian Froud


Sheldon Oberman
Island of the Minotaur: Greek Myths of Ancient Crete

Ryan O'Brien
The Land of Whoo

Lauri Olsen
Pacific Bound: The Adventures of Lewis & Clark

Dennis O'Neil
Hero's Quest

Kenneth Oppel

Pat O'Shea
The Hounds of the Morrigan


Christopher Paolini

Katherine Paterson
Angels & Other Strangers: Family Christmas Stories

James Patterson
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (audiobook)

Stefan Petrucha
The Rule of Won

Stefan Petrucha & Thomas Pendleton
Wicked Dead: Lurker
Wicked Dead: Torn

Meredith Ann Pierce
Waters Luminous & Deep

Tamora Pierce
Circle of Magic #1: Sandry's Book
Circle of Magic #2: Tris's Book
Circle of Magic #3: Daja's Book
Circle of Magic #4: Briar's Book
Song of the Lioness #1: Alanna, the First Adventure

Christopher Pike

Steffan Piper

Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar

Barbara Ann Porte
Beauty & the Serpent: Thirteen Tales of Unnatural Animals

J.L. Powers
The Confessional

Terry Pratchett
The Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodents
The Carpet People
A Hat Full of Sky
Johnny & the Bomb
Johnny & the Dead
Only You Can Save Mankind
The Wee Free Men

Gin Price
On Edge

Sarah Prineas

Philip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass
The Golden Compass
The Subtle Knife


David Randall
In the Shadow of the Bear, #2: Chandlefort

Celia Rees
Witch Child

Mickey Zucker Reichert
The Return of Nightfall

Dana Reinhardt
A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life

Kristopher Reisz
Tripping to Somewhere

J.J. Reneaux
Wake, Snake!

J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
Quidditch Through the Ages

Salman Rushdie
Haroun & the Sea of Stories
Luka & the Fire of Life

Patricia H. Rushford
Grave Matters

Cynthia Rylant
Children of Christmas: Stories for the Season, illustrated by S.D. Schindler


SF Said
Varjak Paw, illustrated by Dave McKean

Mark Salzman
The Laughing Sutra

Carl Sandburg
Sandburg Out Loud

George Saunders
The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

Heidi Jon Schmidt
The Harbormaster's Daughter

Jon Scieszka
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Michael Scott
The Last of the Fianna

John A. Senneff
The Apastron Reports: Quest for Life

Delia Sherman & Terri Windling, editors
The Essential Bordertown

Josepha Sherman

Will Shetterly

Louise Simonson
The Gauntlet

Sherwood Smith
A Posse of Princesses
Wren to the Rescue

Lemony Snicket
• #1: The Bad Beginning
• #2: The Reptile Room
• #3: The Wide Window
• #7: The Vile Village
The Beatrice Letters

Midori Snyder
Hannah's Garden

Justin Somper
Vampirates #1: Demons of the Ocean

Elizabeth George Speare
The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Nancy Springer
Fair Peril
The Hex Witch of Seldom
I am Mordred

Suzanne Fisher Staples
Shiva's Fire

Ellen Steiber & Terri Windling
The Raven Queen (Voyage of the Basset #2)

John Stephens
Books of Beginning: The Emerald Atlas

Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island

James Stoddard
The False House
The High House

Marie Stuttard & Denese Moore
The Sacred Cat

Tamara Summers
Never Bite a Boy on the First Date

Stan Swanson
The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck


Judith Tarr
His Majesty's Elephant

G.P. Taylor
The DoppleGanger Chronicles #1: The First Escape

Theodore Taylor

Michelle Tea
Rose of No Man's Land

Jean Thesman
The Other Ones

Kate Thompson
Midnight's Choice
Wild Blood

Heather Tomlinson
The Swan Maiden

Shizue Tomoda

Ann Turner
Father of Lies

Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


Richard Uhlig
Last Dance at the Frosty Queen

Anne Ursu


Vivian Vande Velde
Curses Inc. & Other Stories
Remembering Raquel

Cynthia Voigt

John Vornholt
The Troll King
The Troll Treasure

Adrienne Maria Vrettos


Jill Paton Walsh
A Parcel of Patterns

Daniel Waters
Generation Dead

Kathryn Wesley
The 10th Kingdom

T.H. White
The Once & Future King

David Whitewolf
Aunt Puff & Missing Minerva

Allison Whittenberg
Life is Fine

J. Robert Whittle
Lizzie: Lethal Innocence
Lizzie's Secret Angels

Connie Willis
Doomsday Book
Lincoln's Dreams
Miracle & Other Christmas Stories
To Say Nothing of the Dog

Budge Wilson
A Fiddle for Angus, illustrated by Susan Tooke

Terri Windling
The Changeling
The Wood Wife
A Wolf at the Door: & Other Retold Fairy Tales, with Ellen Datlow (editors)
A Midsummer Night's Faery Tale, with Wendy Froud
The Winter Child, with Wendy Froud
The Essential Bordertown, with Delia Sherman (editors)
The Raven Queen (Voyage of the Basset #2), with Ellen Steiber

J.B.B. Winner
The Strand Prophecy

Laurel Winter
Growing Wings

Chris Wooding
Storm Thief

Patricia Wrede
Dealing With Dragons
Sorcery & Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot: Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality Regarding Various Magical Scandals in London & the Country, with Caroline Stevermer

Rowena Wright
A Loop in Time

Gerald Allen Wunsch


Jane Yolen
Dragon's Blood
The One-Armed Queen
Queen's Own Fool: A Novel of Mary, Queen of Scots, with Robert J. Harris
The Sea Man, illustrated by Christopher Denise
The Stranded Whale
Sword of the Rightful King
Tam Lin, illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak
Tartan Magic #1: The Wizard's Map
The Wild Hunt
Wizard's Hall

Marly Youmans


Diana S. Zimmerman
The Calabiyau Chronicles #1: Kandide & the Secret of the Mists