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YA (Young Adult) Lit

Often written with a teen audience in mind, much YA literature penned today has significant crossover appeal for adults. Check out titles from Suzanne Collins, Jasper Fforde, Jay Asher, and more.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
John Green's YA novel tells the stories of two teenagers battling cancer. It is at once an intensely sad and unexpectedly humorous novel about love, truth and fearlessness in the face of death.

Momo by Michael Ende
Momo is a young-adult novel about an orphaned girl who must save her town from The Grey Men, an organization of time-stealing businessmen who adamantly sap away any extra hours that could be spent enjoying a daydream, small talk or a story.

W.A.R.P. Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer
A murderous illusionist from Victorian London chases his mutinous teen protege through time to the 21st century where the aforementioned malevolent magician becomes a real problem for nineteen-year-old FBI agent, Chevron Savano.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
In the Ununited Kingdoms, a land where the ebbing power of magic has turned the once powerful practitioners of the mystical arts into a cranky (and somewhat batty) collection of service personnel relegated to performing mundane tasks for the largely non-magic populace, 15-year-old Jennifer Strange finds herself face-to-face with the last dragon...

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
In book two of the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen finds herself challenged by President Snow himself to live up to the star-crossed lovers act she and Peeta played in The Hunger Games, and everyone is caught off guard by an unexpected twist in the games that follow.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Ransom Riggs's YA tale combining fantastic characters with unusual abilities with time travel and an historical setting is a quick, fun read for a teen audience.

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
The Future of Us, coauthored by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler is a YA novel about 2 teens who find a way to view their own futures online.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
YA novel 'Thirteen Reasons Why' is the story of Hannah, a teenager who commits suicide, and the waves of events that led to her tragic decision.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1)
The Lightning Thief is the first in Rick Riordan’s five-book Percy Jackson and the Olympians young adult series; think of it as Harry Potter with Greek gods rather than wizards. A seemingly ordinary young man of unknown parentage discovers he has abilities beyond those of your average 12-year-old, packs off to a school for children of his kind, and is soon facing really scary, powerful bad guys…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter 7)
Voldemort's followers have been released from Azkaban, the Ministry of Magic has instituted a campaign against muggle-borns that smacks of Nazi Germany, and Harry Potter is dubbed "Undesirable Number One," with a 2,000 galleon prize offered for his capture.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In the dystopic landscape of Panem, a post-apocalyptic nation culled from the ashes of North America sometime in an unspecified future, an autocratic state government annually reinforce their dominance over the outlying districts with the Hunger Games, reality television for a post-apocalyptic age in which 24 youths, two boys and two girls from...

Trinity Blood: Rage Against the Moons
Japanese writer Sunao Yoshida creates a bleak, post-Apocalyptic world populated by humans and vampires who are locked in an eternal struggle for power.

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
The third book in a Terry Pratchett Discworld series for young adults continues the story of Tiffany Aching, a 13-year old witch, and th Mac Nac Feegles, those fiesty wee blue men who have sworn to protect her.

The Book Thief
During World War II in Germany, a foster girl learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Eragon is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (HarryPotter 6) by J.K. Rowling
The war against Voldemort is not going well. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses. And yet in the midst of it all, Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5)
Does it hold up to all the hype? Does it give justice to the literary legends that the first books have already become? Can it be understood if you haven't had the time to wade through the tree trunk's worth of previous stories? YES!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter 4)
The pivotal fourth novel in the tale of Harry Potter's training as a wizard and his coming of age.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter 3)
For Twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Now he has escaped and Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter 2)
J.K. Rowling's second novel in a series of seven continues a coming of age epic that will enchant readers with its honest portrayal of humanity.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter 1)
Harry, a very likable child has had to suffer living in a spider-infested room beneath a staircase in the house of his odious aunt and uncle. When a letter arrives, indicating that he's been accepted to Hogwarts school for wizards and witches, his internment in the muggle (non-magical) world ends and his adventures in wizardry begins.

Pirateology: The Pirate Hunter's Companion
Pirateology is a fantastic introduction to pirates for old and young alike. Within is a varied melange of pirate lore, history, artwork, and treasure.

Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin
A rich and compelling YA Fantasy read. A Gift itself from Ursula K. Le Guin, who crafted the Earthsea trilogy.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. So begins Book 1 of Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
From Cornelia Funke, the author of The Thief Lord: One night Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called Inkheart, and an evil ruler named Capricorn escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
In Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, readers meet for the first time 11-year-old Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Jordan College in Oxford, England. It quickly becomes clear that Lyra's Oxford is not precisely like our own - nor is her world.

In Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld has crafted an alternate history of World War I in which the Austro-Hungarian and German Clankers, creators of hulking armored war machinery, do battle with the Allied Darwinists, who harness biotechnology to genetically engineer fantastic flying airbeasts.

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