York Public Library Young Adult Book Lists – curated just for YOU by your favorite librarians!

Realistic Fiction

Just like Jackie
The unteachables
The boy, the bird, & the coffin maker
Because of the rabbit
A mango-shaped space
Song for a whale
The truth as told by Mason Buttle
The bridge home
The thing about jellyfish
Greetings from witness protection!
Ghost boys
From Norvelt to Nowhere

Funny Books

Evil Genius Trilogy
I Funny : A Middle School Story
Greetings from Witness Protection!
The Hitchhiker
Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade
Rest of Us Just Live Here
Pie in the Sky
Dear Sweet Pea
Does My Head Look Big in This?
Best Babysitters Ever
Spy School British Invasion


Out of Left Field
True Legend
Game Changer
Undefeated : Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indians Football Team
Boy Who Saved Baseball
Dairy Queen
Boys in the Boat : Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Soul Surfer : A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board
Gut Check

Other Book List Links

  • Outstanding Books for the College-Bound — This newly revised book list can help prepare you for college, and, in addition, it can provide hours of rewarding, pleasurable reading. Be sure to follow the links for additional information on the authors and their books!
  • Reading Rants! –A group of booklists for those of you teens out there who need a good read, but are wondering if there’s life after Judy Blume and Gary Paulsen.  Check out “Fanging around”, “Reality Bites,” “Gen-X Files” and more… on the site is “Boy meets Book” — book recommendations for guys.
  • GoodReads — Read reviews of books from other users or write your own reviews. GoodReads will offer suggestions of what to read next based on your favorite books!
  • Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults –  A list compiled by YALSA of notable audiobooks for young adults.
  • Best Fiction for Young Adults  YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee presents fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18.
  • Great Graphic Novels for Teens  A list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for ages 12-18, prepared yearly by YALSA.
  • Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers – This list is for young adults (ages 12-18) who, for whatever reasons, do not like to read. The purpose of this list is to identify titles for recreational reading, not for curricular or remedial use. Administered by YALSA.