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Young Adult Literature

This guide was created for ENG 372 (Young Adult Literature) offered by the Department of English at Southern Connecticut State University.

Select Young Adult Books



This is a select list of books on various themes/topics in young adult literature. Books in this list can be checked out for 28 days with an option to renew if no one else has requested the book. Users can check out books at the Check-out Desk in the lobby of the library or use the Self-check out terminals opposite the Check-out Desk.

Award-winning books for children and young adults: an annual guide                                           

Booktalking the award winners. Children's retrospective volume

Children’s book awards international, 1990-2000

Coretta Scott King award books using great literature with children and young adults

The official YALSA awards guidebook

Book Lists

ARBA in depth: Children's and Young Adult Titles

Booklist’s 1000 best young adult books since 2000

Best books for high school readers, grades 9-12

Best books for middle school and junior high readers: grades 6-9

Best books for middle school and junior high readers: grades 6-9. Supplement to the first edition

Best books for senior high readers

Best books for young adult readers

Best books for young teen readers, grades 7-10

Best new media, K-12: a guide to movies, subscription web sites, and educational software and games

Books in Spanish for children and young adults

Books in Spanish for children and young adults: an annotated guide series II


Children’s and young adult literature and culture: a mosaic of criticism

Contemporary youth culture: an international encyclopedia

Popular appeal: books and films in contemporary youth culture

What was it like? Teaching history and culture through young adult literature

Young adult literature and culture

Criticism and Theory

Critical foundations in young adult literature:challenging genres

The critical merits of young adult literature: coming of age

Interpreting young adult literature: literary theory in the secondary classroom

 Recasting the past: the Middle Ages in young adult literature

Technology ad identity in young adult fiction: the posthuman subject

Young adult literature and the digital world: textual engagement through visual literacy

Young adult literature: exploration, evaluation, and appreciation


The cardturner


The disturbed girl’s dictionary

Falling over sideways

Far from the tree: how children and their parents learn to accept one another...our differences unite us

Girls like us

Girl, stolen

Gringolandia: a novel

Kids of appetite

Portraying persons with disabilities: an annotated bibliography of fiction for children and teenagers

Portraying persons with disabilities: an annotated bibliography of non-fiction for children and teenagers

Remarkable books about young people with special needs

Riding the bus with my sister: a true life journey

The running dream

The sacred lies of Minnow Bly

Stuck in neutral

T4: a novel in verse

A time to dance

Voices from the margins: an annotated bibliography of fiction on disabilities and differences for young people


Disturbing the universe: power and repression in adolescent literature

Girling up: how to be strong, smart, and spectacular

First darling of the morning; selected memories of an Indian childhood

I am not your perfect Mexican daughter

Using literature to help troubled teenagers cope with family issues

Using literature to help troubled teenagers cope with identity issues


Adolescent literacies and the gendered self: reconstructing identities through multimodal literacy practices

Beyond gender: transgender teens speak out

Dress codes for small towns

Girls literacy experiences in and out of school: learning and composing gendered identities

Lesbian and gay voices: an annotated bibliography and guide to children’s and young adult literature

Declarations of independence: empowered girls in young adult literature, 1990-2001

Queer, there, and everywhere: 23 people who changed the world

Revolutionary voices: a multicultural queer youth anthology

Symptoms of being human

Ways of being male: representing masculinities in children’s literature and film

What girls are made of

Health/Mental Health

All the bright places

Devil in the details: scenes from an obsessive girlhood

Mental illness in young adult literature: exploring real struggles through fictional characters

Needles: a memoir of growing up with diabetes

Sean Griswold's head

Using literature to help troubled teenagers cope with health issues

Very, very dreadful: the Influenza pandemic of 1918



The boy in the striped pajamas: a fable

Girl in the blue coat

Hidden like Anne Frank: fourteen true stories of survival

Hidden teens, hidden lives: primary sources from the holocaust

His name was Raoul Wallenberg: courage, rescue and mystery during World War II

I will plant you a lilac tree: memoir of a Schindler's list survivor

My family for the war

The Nazi hunters

The other half of life: a novel about the true story of the MS. St. Louis

Paper hearts

A past without shadow: constructing the past in German books for children

Sparing the child: grief and the unspeakable in youth literature about Nazism and the Holocaust

The war within these walls

We will not be silent: the White Rose student resistance movement that defied Adolf Hitler


African American voices in young adult literature: tradition, transition, transformation

American born Chinese

American Indian themes in young adult literature

Cultural journeys multicultural literature for elementary and middle school students

Diversity in youth literature: opening doors through reading

Immigration narratives in young adult literature: crossing borders

Many peoples, one land: a guide to new multicultural literature for children and young adults

Marching for freedom: walk together, children, and don't you grow weary

Mixed heritage in young adult literature

Multicultural children's literature: a critical issues approach

Multicultural literature for children and young adults reflections on critical issues

Multicultural programs for tweens and teens

Muslims in story: expanding multicultural understanding through children's and young adult literature

Race: a history beyond black and white

Ten is the age of darkness: the Black Bildungsroman

They called themselves the K.K.K.: the birth of an American terrorist group

United in diversity: using multicultural young adult literature in the classroom

Young adult literature from romance to realism

Reading lists

Developing competent readers and writers in the middle grades

Mind-bending mysteries and thrillers for teens: a programming and reader’s advisory guide

Fostering the love of reading: the affective domain in reading education

From comics to classics: a parent’s guide to books for teens and preteens

More outstanding books for the college bound

The teen-centered book club: readers into leaders

Social Issues

All rights reserved

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

Biography in the lives of youth: culture, society, and information

Breaking rank



Here in Harlem: poems in many voices


The mockingbirds

No choirboy: murder, violence, and teenagers on death row

Schooled bodies: negotiating adolescent validation through press, peers, and parents

Who am I without him? short stories about girls and the boys in their lives

A wreath for Emmett Till


D-Day: the greatest invasion - a people's history

Experiencing America's story through fiction: historical novels for grades 7-12.

How dare the sun rise: memoirs of a war child

Melancholia and maturation in the use of trauma in American children's literature

The real revolution: the global story of American independence

Sacrificing childhood: children and the Soviet state in the great patriotic war

Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement

Twain, Wolcott, and the birth of the adolescent reform novel

Unencumbered by history: The Vietnam experience in young adult fiction

Unsettled: the problem of loving Israel

Unraveling freedom: the battle for democracy on the home front during World War I

A volcano beneath the snow: John Brown's war against slavery

War and peace: a guide to literature and new media, grades 4-8

War is---: soldiers, survivors, and storytellers talk about war

Youth gangs in literature