Book Suggestions for YA Readers


I’ve read the majority of these novels, however, some of them were suggested by my junior high students. I’m hoping to continue adding to this list, so feel free to send me your own suggestions. Also, keep in mind that some of these are suited for junior high students while others are better suited for more mature students.

My Novels:
To Kill a Wizard
The Sea Goddess
Realm of Goddesses

Fantasy Novels:
1984 by George Orwell
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Among the Hidden by Margaret Petersen Haddix
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
Dragon Song by Anne McCaffery
DragonsDawn by Anne McCaffrey
Dune by Frank Herbert
Ender’s Game by Scott Card
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Gregor and the Prophesy of Bane by Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
Here Lies Author by Phillip Reeve
Here There Be Dragons by Jane Yolen
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Jennifer Murdley’s Toad by Bruce Coville
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
Leven Thumps by Obert Skye
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Magyk by Angie Sage
Mister Monday by Garth Nix
My Teacher Is an Alien by Bruce Coville
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
Pendragon by D.J. MacHale
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis
Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
Midnight by Erin Hunter
Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor
Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen
So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket
The Capture by Kathryn Lasky
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling
The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
The Monster Ring by Bruce Coville
The Mysterious Benedict Society Trenton by Lee Stewart
The Revenge of the Shadow King by Derek Benz
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu
The Sight by David Clement-Davies
The Field Guid by Holly Black
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
The Uglies by Scott Westerfield
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Wild Blood by Kate Thompson
Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan
Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Famer
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Leviathan by Scott Westerfield
Blue Noon by Scott Westerfield
Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfield
Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox
MetaGame by Sam Landstrom
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony Diterlizzi
Beyond the Deep Woods by Paul Stewart
Wizards of the Game by David Lubar
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Darkwing by Kenneth Opel
The Seekers by Erin Hunter
Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull
The Barcode Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
Troll Fell by Katherine Langrish
The Midnighters by Scott Westerfield
Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz

Adventure Novels
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Deathwatch by Robb White
Holes by Louis Sachar
Into the Wild by Matt Sims
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Sign on the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
White Fang by Jack London
Voyage of Midnight by Michele Torrey
Marooned by Robert Kraske
City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker
Author and the Minimoys by Ellen Sowchek
Blood Gold by Michael Cadnum
Domes of Fire by David Eddings
Ark Angel: An Alex Rider Adventure by Anthony Horowitz
The Sight: Book 1 by Erin Hunter
The Climb by Gordon Korman
The Castaways by Iain Lawrence
Red Midnight by Ben Mikaleson

Girl Books
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
A-List by Zoey Dean
The Princess and the Pauper by Kate Brian
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Dragon’s Milk by Susan Fletcher
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Girls Under Pressure by Jacqueline Wilson
Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Great and Terrible Beauty by Libbra Bay
If We Kiss by Rachel Vail
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Life, Starring Me! by Robin Wasseman
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
Maximum Rides: The Angel Experience by James Patterson
Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Stargirl by Jerri Spinelli
P.S. Longer Letter Later by Ann M. Martin
The Clique by Lisi Harrison
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Title: A Modern Fairy Tale by Holly Black
Uglies by Scott Westerfield
Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
A Fate Totally Worse Than Death by Paul Fleischman
The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss
Nobody was Here by Alison Pollet
It’s Not Easy Being Bad by Cynthia Voigt
All-American Girl by Meg Cabot
The Bridesmaid by Hailey Abbott
Twenty Pageants Later by Caroline B. Cooney
Born to Short by Dan Elish
The True Meaning of Cleavage by Mariah Fredricks
My Almost Epic Summer by Adele Griffin
LBD: It’s a Girl Thing by Grace Dent
Goddess of the Night by Lynne Ewing

Historic or War Books
Night by Elie Wiesel
Patience, Princess Catherine by Carolyn Meyer
A Boy at War by Harry Mazer
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
Early Thunder by Jean Fritz
Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit
In My Enemy’s House by Carol Matas
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier
The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History by Jennifer Armstrong
The Fighting Ground by Avi
The Secret Soldier by Ann McGovern
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady
Wild West by Mike Stotter
Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara
How I Found the Strong by Margaret McMullan
Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Victory by Susan Cooper
Heroes by Robert Cormier
An Island Far From Home by John Donahue
Jacob’s Rescue by Malka Drucker
Under a War-Torn Sky by Laura Elliot
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Roll of Thunder, Hear me Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Witness (poetry format) by Karen Hesse
Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
The Warhorse by Dan Bolognese
Code Talkers by Joseph Bruchac
An Island Far From Home John Donahue
Promises to the Dead Mary Downing Hahn

Horror Books
Blaze: A Novel by Richard Bachman
Don’t Look Behind You by Lois Duncan
Ironside: A Modern Faery’s Tale by Holly Black
Let Me Tell You How I Died by Sinclair Smith
Bury Me Deep by Christopher Pike
The Babysitter by R.L. Stine
The Dark Garden by Margret Buffe
The Ghosts by Antonia Barber
The Haunting by Joan Lowery Nixon
The Unspoken
by Thomas Fahy
Uninvited by Amanda Marrone
Dread Locks by Neal Shusterman
Wake by Lisa McMann
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwatz
Darkside by Tom Becker
A Cry in the Night by Mary Higgins Clark
The Fire by Caroline B. Cooney
Look for Me by Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn
Demonata by Darren Shan
Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan
Full Tilt: A Novel by Neal Shusterman
Blue Noon by Scott Westerfield

Mystery Books
Bonechiller by Graham McNamee
Christopher Killer: A Forensic Mystery by Alane Ferguson
Close to a Killer by Marsha Qualey
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Deep, Dark, and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Missing Abby by Lee Weatherly
Mummy’s the Word by Kerry Blair
A Candidate for Murder by Joan Lowry Nixon
Never Trust a Dead Man by Vivian Vande Velde
Silent to the Bone by E.L. Konigsburg
Snatched by Pete Hautman and Mary Logue
Some Danger Involved by Will Thoma
Spy Goddess 1: Live and Let Shop by Michael P. Spradlin
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn
Taken by Edward Bloor
The Weirdo by Theodore Taylor
What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci
What Janie Found by Caroline b. Cooney
Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Realistic Fiction Books
A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
Slam! by Walter Dean Myers
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Cut by Patricia Mccormick
Who am I Without Him? by Sharon Flake
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Contender by Robert Libsyte
The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt
Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Bad Boy: A Memoir by Walter Dean Myers
You and Your Parent’s Divorce by Katherine E. Krohn
You and a Death in Your Family by Antoine Wilson
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm
Happy Kid by Gail Gauthier
Wild Ride to Heaven by Leander Watts
Zee’s Way by Kristin Butcher
Juice by Eric Walters
Something Girl by Beth Goobie
Breathless by Pam Witchers
Drums Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
Cruise Control by Terry Trueman
One of the Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
Fast Talk on a Slow Track by Rita Williams Garcia
First Light by Rebecca Stead
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
Crackback by John Coy
Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser
Taken by Edward Bloor
Nothing but the Truth by Avi
Drive-by by Lynne Ewing
Blood is Thicker by Paul Langan
Can’t Get There From Here by Todd Strasser
Dew Drop Dead by James Howe
Fight for Life by Laurie Halse Anderson
Begging for Change by Sharon Flake
Runaway Wendelin by Van Draanen
Can’t Get There From Here by Todd Strasser

Reluctant Reader Books
Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe
Charlotte’s Webb by E.B. White
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton
Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
How to eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The Cricket in Time Square by George Seldon
The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
The Wedding Planners Daughter by Carleen Murtagh
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis Sachar
TTYL by Lauren Myracle
Anything by Christopher Crutcher

Science Fiction Books
When the Tripods Came by John Christopher
The White Mountains by John Christopher
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
Taken by Edward Bloor

Sports Books
Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris
Comeback Kid by John Elway
Football Champ by Tim Green
Football Genius
Football Hero by Tim Green
Heat by Mike Lupica
If I Never Get Back: A Novel by Darryl Brock
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein
Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica
Play with Passion by Brad Johnson
Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
The Big Field by Mike Lupica
The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter
The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball by Frank Deford
The Legend of Mickey Tussler by Frank Nappi
The Longest Yard
The Miracle by Kurt Russell
Travel Team by Mike Lupica
Wild Card by Tiki Barber
The Million Dollar Kick by Dan Gutman
The Contender by Robert Lipsyte
BMX Bully by Jake Maddox
Board Rebel by Jake Maddox
Motorcross Racing by Mandy Marx
Imitate the Tiger by Jan Cheripko
Catch that Pass! by Matt Christopher

Vampire and Creepy Books
Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz
Blue Moon: The Immortals by Alyson Noel
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Demonata by Darren Shan
Eight Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
Evermore: The Immortals by Alyson Noel
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Marked by P.C. Cast
Tempted by P.C. Cast
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Wake by Lisa McMann
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Vampires by Bonie McMenas
Tales of the Slayers by Joss Whedon
Thirsty by M.T. Anderson
Demon in my View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis
The Otherworldies by Jennifer Anne Kogler
Vampire High by Douglas Rees
Goodnight Kiss by R.L. Stine
Poison by Chris Wooding
The Everafter by Amy Huntley
Thirsty by M.T. Anderson
Demon in my View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
Look for me by Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn
Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman

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4 Responses to Book Suggestions for YA Readers

  1. PS you might like to add Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 – 5) (Silo series)Jan 25, 2012 | Kindle eBook by Hugh Howey, one of my all time favorite YA series.

  2. Wow what an amazing list! Thanks so much. I’ve sent this to my daughter who teaches 3rd grade reading. She is always looking for books to encourage Reluctant Readers. @jeancogdell at Jean’s Writing

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