Young Adult Reader’s Advisory

Young Adult Reader’s Advisory

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The following lists contain a selection of books to satisfy the wide variety of reading levels and interests of 7th and 8th grade readers.  Many of these titles address the issues of adolescence and are for mature readers. Most of the authors listed have written other books at this level.


Adventure & Survival

Arnold, David Mosquitoland.
Avi The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.
Bray, Libba Going Bovine.
Gilman, David The Devil’s Breath.
Golding, William Lord of the Flies: A Novel.
Griffin, Paul Adrift.
Higgins, Jack Sure Fire.
Hobbs, Will Take Me to the River.
Kephart, Beth This Is the Story of You.
Klavan, Andrew If We Survive.
Lake, Nick Hostage Three.
Nijkamp, Marieke This is Where It Ends.
Northrop, Michael Trapped.
Parks, Kathy The Lifeboat Clique.
Perkins, Lynne Rae As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth.
Pratchett, Terry Nation.
Rock, Peter Klickitat.
Tanen, Sloane Are You Going to Kiss Me Now?
Tracy, Kristen Sharks & Boys.
Voigt, Cynthia Homecoming.


Biographies, Autobiographies & Memoirs


Beals, Melba Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High.
Burch, Jennings Michael They Cage the Animals at Night.
Codell, Esmé Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year.
Crutcher, Chris King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography.
DePrince, Michaela Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.
Fradin, Judith Bloom Stolen Into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man.
Hamilton, Bethany Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.
Heiligman, Deborah Charles and Emma : the Darwins’ Leap of Faith.
Hickam, Homer H. Rocket Boys: A Memoir.
Jennings, Jazz Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen.
Jiang, Ji-li Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution.
Kazerooni, Abbas On Two Feet and Wings: One Boy’s Amazing Story of Survival.
Lee, Sungju Every Falling Star: How I Survived and Escaped North Korea.
Opdyke, Irene Gut In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer.
Pelzer, David J. A Child Called “It”: One Child’s Courage to Survive.
Samanci, Özge Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up In Turkey.
Seiple, Samantha Lincoln’s Spymaster: Allan Pinkerton, America’s First Private Eye.
Silverstein, Ken The Radioactive Boy Scout: The True Story of a Boy and His Backyard Nuclear Reactor.
Tarbox, Katherine A Girl’s Life Online.
Turner, Pamela S. Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune.
Yousafzai, Malala I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World.


Crime & Punishment


Dessen, Sarah Saint Anything.
Ducie, Joe The Rig.
Fisher, Catherine Incarceron.
Hawes, Louise The Language of Stars.
Lange, Erin Jade Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah.
McKay, Sharon E. Prison Boy.
Mikaelsen, Ben Touching Spirit Bear.
Miranda, Megan Soulprint.
Myers, Walter Dean Lockdown.
Nijkamp, Marieke This is Where It Ends.
Pearsall, Shelley The Seventh Most Important Thing.
Rollins, Danielle Burning.


Graphic Novels for Middle Schoolers

Gulledge, Laura Lee Will & Whit.
**Smith, Jeff Bone series.
**Telgemeier, Raina Britt, Fanny
**Telgemeier, Raina Smile series.
TenNapel, Doug Cardboard.
Tsang, Evonne I Love Him to Pieces Or, My Date Is Dead Weight, Or, He Only Loves Me for My Brains.
Yolen, Jane Foiled.




Alward, Amy Madly.
Bardugo, Leigh Shadow and Bone.
Beddor, Frank The Looking Glass Wars.
Cashore, Kristin Graceling.
Chabon, Michael Summerland.
Childs, Tera Lynn Oh. My. Gods.
Chima, Cinda Williams The Demon King: A Seven Realms Novel.
Clare, Cassandra City of Bones.
Connolly, Tina Seriously Wicked.
Cooper, T. Changers: Book One: Drew.
Estep, Jennifer Cold Burn of Magic.
Goldman, William The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure.
Hamilton, Alwyn Rebel of the Sands.
Harris, Joanne Runemarks.
Horowitz, Anthony Raven’s Gate.
Le Guin, Ursula A Wizard of Earthsea.
Matharu, Taran The Novice.
McNeal, Tom Far, Far, Away.
Neumeier, Rachel The Keeper of the Mist.
Nix, Garth Sabriel.
Pratchett, Terry The Color of Magic: A Discworld Novel.
Pullman, Philip The Golden Compass.
Rees, Celia Witch Child.
Scott, Michael The Alchemyst.
Shan, Darren Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare.
Sheehan, Judy I Woke Up Dead at the Mall.
Stiefvater, Maggie The Scorpio Races.
Thorne, Bella Autumn Falls: A Novel.
Westerfeld, Scott Afterworlds.


Historical Fiction


Alban, Andrea Anya’s War.
Anderson, Laurie Halse Chains.
Bayard, Louis Lucky Strikes.
Blackwood, Gary L. Around the World in 100 Days.
Bowman, Erin Vengence Road.
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker Jefferson’s Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children.
Dowswell, Paul The Ausländer.
Grant, Vicki Small Bones
Hahn, Mary Downing Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls.
Hunt, Irene No Promises in the Wind.
Lisle, Janet Taylor Black Duck.
Lee, Stacey Outrun the Moon.
Mills, Wendy All We Have Left.
Namioka, Lensey Ties that Bind, Ties that Break: A Novel.
Paulsen, Gary Woods Runner.
Schlitz, Laura Amy The Hired Girl
Sepetys, Ruta Salt to the Sea: A Novel.
Waller, Sharon Biggs The Forbidden Orchid.
Walter, Jon My Name is Not Friday.
Wood, Maryrose The Poison Diaries.


Holocaust & Genocide


Burakowski, Ella Hidden Gold.
Gleitzman, Morris Once.
Hesse, Monica Girl in the Blue Coat.
Hillman, Laura I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler’s List Survivor.
Rappaport, Doreen Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust.
Rauch, Georg Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army.
Savit, Gavriel Anna and the Swallow Man.
Setterington, Ken Branded by the Pink Triangle.
Spiegelman, Art Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History.
Wiviott, Meg Paper Hearts.
Zail, Suzy Playing for the Commondant.
Zusak, Markus The Book Thief.




Alameda, Courtney Shutter.
Alender, Katie The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall.
Bass, Karen The Hill.
Damico, Gina Wax.
De la Cruz, Melissa Blue Bloods.
Dirge, Roman Something at the Window is Scratching.
Griffin, Bethany The Fall.
Harris, Carrie Bad Taste in Boys.
Helpern, Jake Nightfall.
Higson, Charles The Enemy.
Hunt, Leo 13 Days of Midnight.
Klause, Annette Curtis Blood and Chocolate.
Knudson, Michelle Evil Librarian.
Laybourne, Emmy Sweet.
McKenzie, Paige The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book One.
Meaney, Flynn Bloodthirsty.
Ostow, Micol The Devil and Winnie Flynn.
Rollins, Danielle Burning.
Stratton, Allan The Dogs.
Ward, Kaitlin Bleeding Earth.
Waters, Daniel Generation Dead.
Westerfeld, Scott Peeps: A Novel.




Cabot, Meg The Princess Diaries.
Calame, Don Dan Versus Nature.
Carter, Ally Heist Society.
Dinan, Kurt Don’t Get Caught.
Easton, Tom Boys Don’t Knit (In Public).
David, Stuart My Brilliant Idea (And How It Caused My Downfall).
Hannan, Peter My Big Mouth: 10 Songs I Wrote That Almost Got Me Killed.
Jones, Diana Wynne Dark Lord of Derkholm.
Korman, Gordon Son of the Mob.
Meaney, Flynn Bloodthirsty.
Rubens, Michael The Bad Decisions Playlist.
Schreiber, Joe Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick.
Strand, Jeff The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever.
Taylor, Billy Thieving Weasels.


In Other Lands


Abelove, Joan Go and Come Back: A Novel.
Bradbury, Jennifer A Moment Comes.
Gibbons, Alan An Act of Love.
Kephart, Beth One Thing Stolen.
Lowitz, Leza Up From the Sea.
Moriarty, Jaclyn Feeling Sorry for Celia.
Mulligan, Andy Trash.
Saeed, Aisha Written in the Stars.
Schrefer, Eliot Endangered.
Sullivan, Tara The Bitter Side of Sweet.
Venkatraman, Padma A Time to Dance.
Welch, Jenna Evans Love & Gelato.
Zusak, Markus Fighting Ruben Wolfe.




Albertalli, Becky Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Barakiva, Michael One Man Guy.
Birdsall, Bridget Double Exposure.
Brewer, Zac The Blood Between Us.
Brown, Jaye Robin Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit.
Gephart, Donna Lily and Dunkin.
Gregorio, I.W. None of the Above.
Hill, Katie Rain Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition.
Jennings, Jazz Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen.
Levithan, David Boy Meets Boy.
Logan, Kenneth True Letters From a Fictional Life.
Myracle, Lauren Kissing Kate.
Nelson, Jandy I’ll Give You the Sun.
Peters, Julie Ann Luna: A Novel.
Saenz, Benjamin Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
Tamaki, Mariko Saving Montgomery Sole.
Ward, Kaitlin Bleeding Earth.
Wilkinson, Lili Pink.
Williamson, Lisa The Art of Being Normal.




Alexie, Sherman The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Anderson, Laurie Halse Speak.
Asher, Jay Th1rteen R3asons Why: A Novel.
Bennett, Cherie Life in the Fat Lane.
Bloor, Edward Tangerine.
Cormier, Robert The Chocolate War.
Crutcher, Chris Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes: A Novel.
Giles, Gail Girls Like Us.
Halpern, Julie Get Well Soon.
Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders.
Howe, James The Misfits.
Klass, David Losers Take All: A Novel.
Langston, Laura Stepping Out.
Leavitt, Martine Calvin.
Littman, Sarah Backlash.
McStay, Moriah Everything That Makes You.
Murphy, Julie Dumplin’
Myers, Walter Dean Monster.
Ness, Patrick A Monster Calls: A Novel.
Niven, Jennifer Holding Up the Universe.
Portes, Andrea The Fall of Butterflies.
Sones, Sonya What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know.
Smale, Holly Geek Girl.
Spinelli, Jerry Stargirl.
Stork, Francisco X. The Memory of Light.
Thomas, Leah Because You’ll Never Meet Me.


Mysteries & Thrillers


Alender, Katie Famous Last Words.
Brewer, Zac The Blood Between Us.
Charbonneau, Joelle Need.
Cooney, Caroline B. The Face on the Milk Carton.
Deuker, Carl Payback Time.
Duncan, Lois Killing Mr. Griffin.
Feinstein, John The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game.
Fitzgerald, Sarah Moore The Apple Tart of Hope.
Gangsei, Jan Zero Day.
Haddon, Mark The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: a Novel.
Hayes, Daniel The Trouble with Lemons.
Henry, April The Body in the Woods.
Jaffe, Michele Bad Kitty.
Johnston, Jeffry W. The Truth.
King, Laurie R. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, or, On the Segregation of the Queen.
Lane, Andy Death Cloud.
Levithan, David Every You, Every Me.
Miranda, Megan The Safest Lies.
Morgan, Amanda Secrets, Lies and Scandals.
Patterson, James Confessions of a Murder Suspect.
Priest, Cherie I am Princess X.
Sorrells, Walter First Shot.
Ward, Rachel Numbers.
Werlin, Nancy The Killer’s Cousin.




Armstrong, Jennifer Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: Shackleton’s Amazing Voyage.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group.
Bressler, Karen W. D.I.Y. Beauty.
Brown, Daniel James The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics.
Dye, Dan Amazing Gracie: A Dog’s Tale.
Ford, Amanda Be True to Your Self: A Daily Guide for Teenage Girls.
Freedman, Russell Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America.
Goldschneider, Gary The Secret Language of Birthdays: Personology Profiles for Each Day of the Year.
Hoase, Phillip M. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club.
Krizmanic, Judy The Teen’s Vegetarian Cookbook.
Miller, Sarah Elizabeth The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the Trial of the Century.
Murphy, Jim An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793.
Peabody, Erin A Weird and Wild Beauty: The Story of Yellowstone, the World’s First National Park.
Schanzer, Rosalyn Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem.
Seiple, Samantha Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion.
Sheinkin, Steve Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War.


Novels in Poems


Bodger, Holly 5 to 1: A Novel.
Crossan, Sarah One.
Crowder, Melanie Audacity.
Dean, Carolee Forget Me Not.
Engle, Margarita The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist.
Frank, Lucy Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling.
Hopkins, Ellen Crank.
Jaskulka, Marie The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl and Random Boy.
Kehoe, Stasia Ward The Sound of Letting Go.
McVoy, Terra Elan After the Kiss.
Mass, Wendy Heaven Looks a Lot Like a Mall.
Nelson, Marilyn American Ace.
Ostlere, Cathy Karma: A Novel in Verse.
Sandell, Lisa Ann Song of the Sparrow.
Sones, Sonya Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy.
Sones, Sonya What My Mother Doesn’t Know.
Sutton, Kelsey The Lonely Ones.
Venkatraman, Padma A Time to Dance.
Wolff, Virginia Euwer Make Lemonade.




Cabot, Meg Princess in Love.
Dessen, Sarah This Lullaby: A Novel.
Destiny, A. Love is in the Air.
Dinnison, Kris You and Me and Him.
Eulberg, Elizabeth Prom & Prejudice.
Flinn, Alex Beastly.
Friedman, Aimee Two Summers.
Hall, Sandy Signs Point to Yes.
Greene, Bette Summer of My German Soldier.
Huntley, Amy The Everafter.
Kiely, Brendan The Last True Love Story.
Kinsella, Sophie Finding Audrey.
Klause, Annette Curtis The Silver Kiss.
Lindstrom, Eric Not If I See You First.
Luper, Eric Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto.
Smith, Jennifer E. The Comeback Season.
Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories.
West, Kasie P.S. I Like You.


School, Family & Growing Up


Brashares, Ann The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Calonita, Jen Belles.
Culbertson, Kim A. The Possibility of Now.
Danticat, Edwidge Untwine: A Novel.
Davis, Tanita S. Peas and Carrots.
Dessen, Sarah What Happened to Goodbye.
Fleischman, Paul Whirligig.
Friend, Natasha Where You’ll Find Me.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Takeoffs and Landings.
Hoban, Julia Willow.
LaMarche, Una Don’t Fail Me Now.
Longo, Jennifer Up to This Pointe.
Mackler, Carloyn Tangled.
Nielsen-Fernlund, Susin We are All Made of Molecules.
Rallison, Janette My Double Life.
Rice, Luanne The Secret Language of Sisters.
Sachar, Louis The Cardturner: A Novel About a King, a Queen, and a Joker.
Schmidt, Gary D. Orbiting Jupiter.
Shen, Prudence Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong.
Sloan, Holly Goldberg I’ll Be There: A Novel.
Sonnenblick, Jordan Falling Over Sideways.
Tabak, Lawrence In Real Life.
Tamaki, Mariko This One Summer.
Van Draanen, Wendelin The Running Dream.
Wolff, Virginia Euwer Make Lemonade.
Zalben, Jane Breskin Four Seasons: A Novel in Four Movements.


Science Fiction


Adams, Douglas The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451.
Card, Orson Scott Ender’s Shadow.
Engdahl, Sylvia Enchantress from the Stars.
Farmer, Nancy The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm: A Novel.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Turnabout.
Heinlein, Robert A. Tunnel in the Sky.
Jones, Diana Wynne Hexwood.
Kincaid, S.J. Insignia.
Lancaster, Mike A. Human.4.
Lewis, J. S. Invasion: A C.H.A.O.S. Novel.
Lore, Pitticus I Am Number Four.
McCaffrey, Anne Dragonflight.
Mullin, Mike Ashfall.
Nix, Garth A Confusion of Princes.
Nix, Garth Shade’s Children.
Stracher, Cameron The Water Wars.
Vizzini, Ned Be More Chill.
Zahn, Timothy Dragon and Thief: A Dragonback Adventure.




Aguirre, Ann Razorland trilogy
Bacigalupi, Paolo Ship Breaker.
**Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451.
Cass, Kiera Selection series
Card, Orson Scott Pathfinder.
Charbonneau, Joelle The Testing.
Condie, Allyson Braithwaite Matched.
Collins, Suzanne The Hunger Games.
Crockett, S. D. After the Snow series
Dashner, James The Maze Runner.
DeVita, James The Silenced.
Dockter, Debra Deadly Design.
Doctorow, Cory Little Brother.
DuPrau, Jeanne Book of Ember series
Duyvis, Corinne On the Edge of Gone.
**Farmer, Nancy House of the Scorpion series
Gout, Leopoldo Genius: The Game.
Hautman, Pete Rash.
Hirsch, Jeff The Eleventh Plague.
Jones, Carrie Flying.
Jordan, Sophie Uninvited.
Landers, Melissa Starflight.
**Landon, Kristen The Limit.
London, Alex Proxy.
**Lu, Marie Legend series
Mafi, Tahereh Shatter Me.
Mariz, Rae The Unidentified.
Metzger, Lois Change Places With Me.
Ness, Patrick The Knife of Never Letting Go.
Oliver, Lauren Delirium.
**Patterson, James Maximum Ride series
Pearson, Mary The Adoration of Jenna Fox.
**Price, Lissa Starters series
Reeve, Philip The Hungry City Chronicles
**Roth, Veronica Divergent series
Shusterman, Neal Unwind.
Wells, Robinson Dark Energy.
Westerfeld, Scott Uglies.
**Zevin, Gabrielle All These Things I’ve Done.


Short Stories


After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia.
Almond, David Half a Creature from the Sea: A Life in Stories.
Dirge, Roman Something at the Window is Scratching.
Kerr, M.E. Edge: Collected Stories.
Life on Mars: Tales From the New Frontier: An Original Science Fiction Anthology.
Lubar, David The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales.
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories.
Myers, Walter Dean 145th Street: Short Stories.
Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court.
Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales.
Such a Pretty Face: Short Stories About Beauty.
Taking Aim: Power and Pain, Teens and Guns.
Tan, Shaun Lost and Found.


Spies & Intrigue


Bennardo, Charlotte Blonde Ops: A Novel.
Benway, Robin Also Known As.
Brennan, Herbie The Shadow Project.
Carlton, Kat Two Lies and a Spy.
Carriger, Gail Etiquette & Espionage.
Kiem, Elizabeth Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy.
McNab, Andy Traitor.
Muchamore, Robert The Recruit.
Richmond, Caroline Tung Darkest Hour.
Rogers, Meghan Crossing the Line.
Sabel, Lauren Lies I Live By.
Smith, Lindsay Dreamstrider.
Stone, Sonja Desert Dark.




Carter, Caela Tumbling.
Coy, John Crackback.
Deuker, Carl Gutless.
Dominy, Amy Fellner A Matter of Heart.
Garner, Paula Phantom Limbs.
Gibney, Shannon See No Color.
Halpin, Brendan Shutout.
Harmon, Michael B. Stick.
Johnson, Shawn The Flip Side.
Klass, David Losers Take All:A Novel.
Lupica, Mike QB 1.
Luurtsema, Nat Goldfish.
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert Dairy Queen: A Novel.
Padian, Maria Out of Nowhere.
Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court.
Sullivan, Derek Biggie.
Van Draanan, Wendelin The Running Dream.
Volponi, Paul Top Prospect.
Withers, Pam Andreo’s Race.




Collier, James My Brother Sam is Dead.
Cooper, James Fenimore The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757.
Hughes, Dean Soldier Boys.
Lynch, Chris I Pledge Allegiance.
Lynch, Chris The Right Fight.
Mazer, Harry The Last Mission.
Myers, Walter Dean Fallen Angels.
Myers, Walter Dean Invasion.
Myers, Walter Dean Sunrise Over Fallujah.
Park, Linda Sue A Long Walk to Water: A Novel.
Rauch, Georg Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army.