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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.

Best Foot Forward

Bauer, Joan

Realistic Fiction

A Great and Terrible Beauty

Bray, Libba

Like this book? Try the sequels: Rebel Angels & The Sweet Far Thing

Supernatural Fiction

Code Talker: a Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Bruchac, Joseph

Historical Fiction
Adventure Ficton

Love, Football and Other Contact Sports

Carter, Alden R.

Realistic Fiction

The Naming

Croggon, Alison

Don't forget the rest of the Pellinor series!

Fantasy Fiction

Bucking the Sarge

Curtis, Christopher Paul

Realistic Fiction

Just Listen

Dessen, Sarah

Realistic Fiction

A Northern Light

Donnelly, Jennifer

Historical Fiction

An Abundance of Katherines

Green, John

Realistic Fiction

The Minister's Daughter 

Hearn, Julie

Historical Fiction


Horowitz, Anthony

Don't miss the other Alex Rider adventures!

Adventure Ficton

Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes

Johnson, Maureen

Realistic Fiction

If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?

Kantor, Melissa

Romantic Fiction

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

Lubar, David

Realistic Fiction

Not the End of the World

McCaughrean, Geraldine

Historical Fiction


Meyer, Stephenie

The saga of Edward and Bella continues in New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.

Romantic Fiction


Napoli, Donna Jo

Fairy Tales
Historical Fiction

The Will of the Empress

Pierce, Tamora

Fantasy Fiction


Paolini, Christopher

The adventure continues in the Inheritance series!

Fantasy Fiction

The River Between Us

Peck, Richard

Historical Fiction

Eyes of the Emperor

Salisbury, Graham

Historical Fiction

Flavor of the Week

Shaw, Tucker

Romantic Fiction

I was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader

Scott, Kieran

Romantic Fiction

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

Sones, Sonya

Realistic Fiction

Fake ID

Sorrells, Walter


Hard Hit

Turner, Ann Warren

Realistic Fiction

Full Service

Weaver, Will

Historical Fiction


This Month's Notable Book

We were Liars

Lockhart, E.

YA Fiction




YA Graphic Novels

Identified by YA on the spine and shelved alphabetically by title in the Young Adult Graphic Novel section.


Kubo, Tite

Supernatural Fiction
Adventure Ficton

Chrono Crusade

Moriyama, Daisuke

 Supernatural Fiction

Daniel X, Alien Hunter

Patterson, James

Daredevil, the man without fear!: Essential Collection

Lee, Stan

 Adventure Ficton

Fullmetal Alchemist

Arakawa, Hiromu

Adventure Ficton 


Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances

Tsuda, Masami

Romantic Fiction


Kishimoto, Masashi

Adventure Ficton 


Ueda, Miwa

Romantic Fiction

Rurouni Kenshin

Watsuki, Nobuhiro

Adventure Ficton
Historical Fiction

Vampire Knight

Hino, Matsuri

Supernatural Fiction



This series crosses over with Clamp's Tsubasa.

Supernatural Fiction




Titles with a J before the call number are located in the Juvenile Non-Fiction section. Titles without a J are located in the Adult
Non-Fiction section.


Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity
Bodanis, David


Invisible Allies: Microbes that Shape Our Lives
Farrell, Jeanette


Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
Bissinger, H.G.

797.2 C877

Cox, Lynne

J 811.54 N428

A Wreath for Emmett Till
Nelson, Marilyn

2006 Printz Honor Book


Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell

2006 Newbery Honor book


Come Back to Afghanistan: a California Teenager's Story
Akbar, Said Hyder


Featured Genre: Science Fiction

Science Fiction Identified by YA on the spine and shelved alphabetically by author's last name in the Young Adult section.

The Diary of Pelly D

Adlington, L.J.


Oppel, Kenneth

Like this book? Try Airborn, the first Matt and Kate adventure!

Double Helix

Werlin, Nancy


Westerfeld, Scott

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