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Book Lists

An A to Z of Reader’s Advisory

Alice in Wonderland retellings

Aliens: They’re Here: Science Fiction with actual aliens

Apocalypse Survival Tips from YA Lit

Art: Portrait of an Artist, YA characters and art

Assasins: Teenage Assassins in YA Lit

Beyond the Grave: dead narrators

Bioengineering (Frankenstein 2012: YA lit with bioengineering)

Body Image



Comics: Non comic books about comic book culture

Contemporary with Edge (If you like Winger by Andrew Smith)

Dads: #bestYAdad: The best dads in YA lit


Death and Dying: Sometimes it is among the dying that we remember to truly live 

Diversity: Middle Grade reads new in 2014 ; Graphic Novels 2015



Eating Disorders

Egypt: Read About Your “Mummy” (and Egypt)

Epidemics list 1 and list 2

Environment: Earth Day Dystopias

Fairy Tales (twisted, of course) and Cinderella Retellings

Faith and Spirituality: Top 10 and Mysteries with a Message

Feminist Books 


Food: Sweet Reads and Mouth Watering Reads

Freshmen 5: Great reads for HS Freshmen

Friendships, some of the best in YA Lit

GLBTQ: For Annie and Liza and Take 5: Top NEW GLBTQ Titles

Government: Fight the (Abuse of) Power – government in YA lit

Graphic Novels with Diversity

Graveyards: Someone Just Walked Over My Grave: YA lit with graveyards

Haunted Tales

Hearts: Listen to these candy hearts 

High School Survival Pack: Nonfiction to help teens through high school

Historical Fiction: The 80s as Historical Fiction; Going Back in Time Middle School Style and Historical Fiction for Dystopian Fans

Horror: The Stories that Haunt our Childhood: Local legends and superstitions in YA lit, Horrifying Reads for October (recommended by teens)

Israeli Female Soldiers: World War Z and Israeli Females in Teen Reads

M is for Manga

M is for Memoirs

Memorial Day Reads: Honoring those that serve in YA lit

Mental Illness


Mysteries: MG Lit for Sherlock Fans

Myths and Mythology

Nonfiction: Zest Books

Paranormal Romance

Poe, inspired by

Politics: A look at the (abuse of) government in YA fiction

Poverty: Rich Teen, Poor Teen: Depictions of youth living in poverty in YA Lit

Prom Books

Reapers (and Necromancers) in YA Lit

Reproductive Rights in YA Lit

Science: STEM Girls, books with female main characters rocking science and math

Science Fiction (see also Weird Science below)

Seniors: Out with the Old – Great reads for HS Seniors

Serial Killers: I Eat Cereal, but I am NOT a Serial Killer – serial killers in YA lit

Sexual Violence: Because No ALWAYS Means No: YA titles dealing with issues of consent and sexual violence.  See also, this list of titles dealing with sexual violence.

Sexual Violence in the Life of Boys

Short Stories

Space, the final frontier (Science fiction that actually takes place in space)

Spies Like Us


Supernatural and Psychological Creepers

Tech:  Teen Tech Week: More than just a game and More Teen Tech Week

Teen Pregnancy

Time Travel 

Unconventional Stories:  Books told in nontraditional formats

Under the Sea: Mermaids

V is for Villains


Weird Science 


Witness Protection: What’s My Name Again? Stories about teens in the witness protection program

Writing: Lists, Letters and More, YA with characters who write


If You Like . . . Try . . .

Buffy then try these list 1 and list 2

Basically, Read: Doctor Who then try these and these

Sherlock: It’s Elementary

The X-Men then try these: You Could Have Been an X-Men

Graphic Novels

5 GNs for Halloween Scares

Middle Grade Fiction

Great Reads for Middle Grade Readers

Creepy Reads for the MG Crowd

MG Audio Books

Tween Top 10, from a tween

Publisher Spotlights


Harlequin Teen

Orca Press

Scholastic Press: September 2013 March 2013 April 2013


Zest Books

RA Posters