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Young Adult Fiction

Identified by YA on the spine and shelved alphabetically by author's last name in the Young Adult section (unless otherwise noted).

The Boy Who Dared

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell

2009 Best Books for Young Adults
Historical Fiction


Bauer, Joan

Realistic Fiction

3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows

Brashares, Ann

Realistic Fiction

All the Broken Pieces

Burg, Ann E.

2010 Best Books for Young Adults
Historical Fiction

A Thousand Never Evers

Burg, Shana

(Located in J Fiction)

Historical Fiction

The Demon King

Chima, Cinda Williams

Don't miss the rest of the Seven Realms novels!

Fantasy Fiction

How to Survive Middle School

Gephart, Donna

(Located in J Fiction)

Realistic Fiction


Grant, Michael

Read all of the Gone novels!

Science Fiction


Haddix, Margaret Peterson

Find the rest of the Missing!

Science Fiction

Book of a Thousand Days

Hale, Shannon

Like this book? Try Princess of Glass and Princess Ben.

Fairy Tales
Romantic Fiction

Rapunzel's Revenge

Hale, Shannon

(Located in J Graphic Novel, shelved by title)

Fairy Tales
Adventure Ficton

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf

Holm, Jennifer L.


A Spy in the House

Lee, Y.S.


Million-Dollar Throw

Lupica, Mike

Sports Fiction

Woods Runner

Paulsen, Gary

Historical Fiction

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Pearson, Mary E.

2009 Best Books for Young Adults

Science Fiction

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth

Perkins, Lynne Rae

Adventure Ficton

My Fair Godmother

Rallison, Janette

Romantic Fiction


Scaletta, Kurtis

Sports Fiction

After Ever After

Sonnenblick, Jordan

Like this book? Try the prequel: Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie.

Realistic Fiction

Heroes of the Valley

Stroud, Jonathan

2010 Best Books for Young Adults

Fantasy Fiction

Into the Volcano

Wood, Don

(Located in J Graphic Novel, shelved by title)

2009 Best Books for Young Adults
Adventure Ficton


 This Month's Notable Book

Going where it's dark

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds

J Fiction


Award Winners

Identified by YA on the spine and shelved alphabetically by author's last name in the Young Adult section (unless otherwise noted).

Chains: Seeds of America
Anderson, Laurie Halse

2009 Scott O'Dell Award

Don't miss the sequel: Forge.
Historical Fiction

The Underneath
Appelt, Kathi

(Located in J Fiction)

2009 Newbery Honor

Animal Stories

The Hunger Games
Collins, Suzanne

2009 Top Ten Best Books For Young Adults

Like this book? Read the Hunger Games trilogy!

Science Fiction

The London Eye Mystery
Dowd, Siobhan

2009 USBBY Outstanding International Books

The Graveyard Book
Gaiman, Neil

2009 Newbery Medal

Supernatural Fiction

The Dragonfly Pool
Ibbotson, Eva

2009 USBBY Outstanding International Books

Historical Fiction

The Reformed Vampire Support Group
Jinks, Catherine

2010 Top Ten Best Books For Young Adults


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Kelly, Jacqueline

(Located in J Fiction)

2010 Newbery Honor

Historical Fiction

Pratchett, Terry

2009 Printz Honor

Adventure Ficton

A Conspiracy of Kings
Turner, Megan Whalen

2010 L.A. Times Book Prize- Young Adult Fiction

Fantasy Fiction


Identified by J on the spine and shelved by call number in the Juvenile Non-Fiction section.

J 152.1

Phenomena: Secrets of the Senses
Jackson, Donna M.

J 323 C727

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Hoose, Phillip M.

J 614.17

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland
Walker, Sally M.

2010 Top Ten Best Books For Young Adults

J 629.45

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
Stone, Tanya Lee

J 629.454

Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon
Chaikin, Andrew

J 940.3

The War to End All Wars: World War I
Freedman, Russell

J 973.7 L736 [Biography]

The Lincolns: a Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary
Fleming, Candace
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