Young Adult Books

The following lists contain a selection of books to satisfy the wide variety of reading levels and interests of 7th and 8th grade readers.  Many of these titles address the issues of adolescence and are for mature readers. Most of the authors listed have written other books at this level. When available the book's Lexile number is listed after the title.

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Adventure & Survival | Biographies, Autobiographies & Memoirs | Crime & Punishment | Fantasy | Historical Fiction | Humor | In Other Lands | LBGTQ | Misfits & Outcasts | Mysteries & Thrillers | Nonfiction | Novels in Poems | Relationships | School, Family & Growing Up | Science Fiction | Short Stories | Sports | Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies | War

Adventure & Survival

Avi The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. (740)
Bodeen, S.A. The Raft. (HL680)
Bray, Libba Going Bovine. (689)
Cole, Stephen Thieves Like Us. (780)
Cooney, Caroline B. Flight #116 is Down. (710)
Friesen, Jonathan Rush. (730)
Gilman, David The Devil’s Breath.
Golding, William Lord of the Flies: A Novel. (770)
Higgins, Jack Sure Fire. (660)
Hobbs, Will Take Me to the River. (760)
McNab, Andy Traitor.
Muchamore, Robert The Recruit. (660)
Northrop, Michael Trapped. (750)
Perkins, Lynne Rae As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth. (730)
Pratchett, Terry Nation. (790)
Rorby, Ginny Lost in the River of Grass. (750)
Stevenson, Robert Louis Kidnapped. (990)
Tanen, Sloane Are You Going to Kiss Me Now?
Tracy, Kristen Sharks & Boys. (HL 510)
Voigt, Cynthia Homecoming. (630)
Volponi, Paul Hurricane Song: A Novel of New Orleans. (850)
Werlin, Nancy Locked Inside. (550)

Biographies, Autobiographies & Memoirs

Beals, Melba Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High. (1000)
Burch, Jennings Michael They Cage the Animals at Night.
Codell, Esmé Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher's First Year. (790)
Crutcher, Chris King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography. (1180)
Dahl, Roald Going Solo. (1080)
Dau, John Bul Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan.
Ferguson, Kitty Stephen Hawking: Quest for a Theory of the Universe.
Gantos, Jack Hole in My Life. (840)
Hamilton, Bethany Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. (960)
Heiligman, Deborah Charles and Emma : the Darwins' Leap of Faith. (1020)
Hickam, Homer H. Rocket Boys: A Memoir.
Jackson, Livia Bitton I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust. (720)
Jiang, Ji-li Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution. (780)
Jocelyn, Marthe "Scribbling Women": True Tales from Astonishing Lives.
Opdyke, Irene Gut In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer. (890)
Pelzer, David J. A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive. (850)
Silverstein, Ken The Radioactive Boy Scout: The True Story of a Boy and His Backyard Nuclear Reactor. (1300)
Sullivan, George Tom Thumb: The Remarkable True Story of a Man in Miniature. (1010)
Swanson, James L. Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis. (1010)
Tarbox, Katherine A Girl’s Life Online. (810)
White, Ryan Ryan White: My Own Story. (860)

Crime & Punishment

Cerrito, Angela The End of the Line. (HL530)
Fisher, Catherine Incarceron. (HL600)
Hautman, Pete Blank Confession. (700)
Key, Watt Dirt Road Home. (540)
Korman, Gordon The Juvie Three. (730)
Mikaelsen, Ben Touching Spirit Bear. (670)
Myers, Walter Dean Lockdown. (730)
Shulman, Mark Scrawl: A Novel. (650)
Teller, Janne Nothing. (1000)
Volponi, Paul Rikers High.

Fantasy

Cashore, Kristin Graceling. (730)
Chabon, Michael Summerland. (940)
Childs, Tera Lynn Oh. My. Gods. (750)
Chima, Cinda Williams The Demon King: A Seven Realms Novel.
Clare, Cassandra City of Bones. (740)
Eddings, David Pawn of Prophecy. (900)
Goldman, William The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure. (870)
Harris, Joanne Runemarks. (930)
Hawkins, Rachel Hex Hall. (790)
Horowitz, Anthony Raven’s Gate. (620)
Le Guin, Ursula A Wizard of Earthsea. (1150)
Lockhart, E Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything. (850)
McBride, Lish Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. (HL650)
Moran, Katy Bloodline. (830)
Nix, Garth Sabriel. (1060)
Novik, Naomi His Majesty’s Dragon. (1030)
Oppel, Kenneth This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. (690)
Porter, Tracey Lark.
Pratchett, Terry The Color of Magic: A Discworld Novel. (890)
Pullman, Philip The Golden Compass. (930)
Rees, Celia Witch Child. (760)
Scott, Michael The Alchemyst. (890)
Shan, Darren Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare.
Slade, Arthur G. The Hunchback Assignments. (680)
Stiefvater, Maggie The Scorpio Races. (840)
Turner, Megan Whalen The Queen of Attolia. (860)

Historical Fiction

Alban, Andrea Anya’s War. (840)
Anderson, Laurie Halse Chains. (780)
Baratz-Logsted, Lauren The Twin’s Daughter. (910)
Blackwood, Gary L. Around the World in 100 Days. (820)
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker Jefferson’s Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children. (600)
Chibbaro, Julie Deadly. (930)
Dogar, Sharon Annexed.
Dowswell, Paul The Ausländer. (760)
Hahn, Mary Downing Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls. (HL700)
Hunt, Irene No Promises in the Wind. (930)
Lisle, Janet Taylor Black Duck. (790)
Namioka, Lensey Ties that Bind, Ties that Break: A Novel. (830)
Parry, Rosanne Second Fiddle. (770)
Paulsen, Gary Woods Runner. (870)
Spradlin, Michael P. Keeper of the Grail. (830)
Stuber, Barbara Crossing the Tracks: A Novel. (680)
Turner, Ann Warren Father of Lies. (860)
Weyn, Suzanne Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic. (790)
Wood, Maryrose The Poison Diaries. (HL 740)

Humor

Bauer, Joan Squashed. (930)
Cabot, Meg The Princess Diaries. (920)
Calame, Don Swim the Fly. (620)
Carter, Ally Heist Society. (800)
Daly, Cathleen Flirt Club. (860)
Hannan, Peter My Big Mouth: 10 Songs I Wrote That Almost Got Me Killed.
Hartinger, Brent Project Sweet Life. (740)
Jones, Diana Wynne Dark Lord of Derkholm. (770)
Korman, Gordon Son of the Mob. (690)
Lockhart, E. The Boyfriend List (15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs, and Me, Ruby Oliver). (830)
Meaney, Flynn Bloodthirsty.
Pratchett, Terry Truckers. (630)
Rennison, Louise Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. (700)
Schreiber, Joe Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. (800)
Sheldon, Dyan Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. (710)

In Other Lands

Abelove, Joan Go and Come Back: A Novel. (620)
Badoe, Adwoa Between Sisters.
Cofer, Judith Ortiz If I Could Fly. (820)
Elkeles, Simone How to Ruin a Summer Vacation. (710)
Moriarty, Jaclyn Feeling Sorry for Celia. (900)
Mulligan, Andy Trash. (850)
Perera, Anna Guantanamo Boy. (900)
Schrefer, Eliot Endangered.
Staples, Suzanne Fisher Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. (970)
Williams, Michael Now is the Time for Running. (650)
Zusak, Markus Fighting Ruben Wolfe. (460)

LGBTQ

Garden, Nancy Annie on My Mind. (1000)
Garsee, Jeannine Say the Word. (580)
Kluger, Steve My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park. (1030)
Lecesne, James Absolute Brightness. (970)
Levithan, David Boy Meets Boy. (730)
Myracle, Lauren Kissing Kate. (710)
Wilkinson, Lili Pink.
Wilson, Jacqueline Kiss.

Misfits & Outcasts

Alexie, Sherman The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. (700)
Amateau, Gigi A Certain Strain of Peculiar. (830)
Asher, Jay Th1rteen R3asons Why: A Novel. (550)
Bennett, Cherie Life in the Fat Lane. (640)
Bloor, Edward Tangerine. (680)
Burgess, Melvin Smack. (750)
Cormier, Robert The Chocolate War. (820)
Crutcher, Chris Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes: A Novel. (920)
Fergus, Maureen Ortega. (1040)
Friesen, Jonathan Jerk, California. (510)
Gourlay, Candy Tall Story.
Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. (750)
Hobbs, Will Downriver. (760)
Howe, James The Misfits. (960)
McCormick, Patricia Cut. (660)
Myers, Walter Dean Monster.
Ness, Patrick A Monster Calls: A Novel. (730)
Sones, Sonya What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know.
Spinelli, Jerry Stargirl. (590)
Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo in the Real World. (770)
Swarthout, Glendon Fred Bless the Beasts and Children. (970)
Tashjian, Janet The Gospel According to Larry. (800)
Zarr, Sara Sweethearts: A Novel. (720)
Zindel, Paul The Pigman: A Novel. (950)

Mysteries & Thrillers

Berk, Josh The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin. (820)
Cassidy, Anne Looking for JJ. (730)
Cooney, Caroline B. The Face on the Milk Carton. (660)
Deuker, Carl Payback Time. (750)
Duncan, Lois Killing Mr. Griffin. (720)
Feinstein, John The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game. (800)
Giberga, Jane Sughrue Friends to Die For.
Haddon, Mark The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: a Novel. (1180)
Hayes, Daniel The Trouble with Lemons. (830)
Henderson, Lauren Kiss Me Kill Me. (930)
Henry, April Girl, Stolen: A Novel. (700)
Jaffe, Michele Bad Kitty. (830)
King, Laurie R. The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or, On the Segregation of the Queen. (1100)
Lane, Andy Death Cloud. (940)
Levithan, David Every You, Every Me. (HL440)
Miranda, Megan Hysteria.
Patterson, James Confessions of a Murder Suspect.
Schrefer, Eliot The Deadly Sister. (720)
Sedgwick, Marcus Revolver. (890)
Sorrells, Walter First Shot. (580)
Ward, Rachel Numbers. (650)
Werlin, Nancy The Killer's Cousin. (600)
Woods, Elizabeth Emma Choker. (670)

Nonfiction

Armstrong, Jennifer Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: Shackleton's Amazing Voyage. (1090)
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group. (1180)
Barton, Chris Can I See Your I.D.?: True Stories of False Identities. (980)
Blumenthal, Karen Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition. (1250)
Bragg, Georgia How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous. (950)
Bressler, Karen W. D.I.Y. Beauty.
Dye, Dan Amazing Gracie: A Dog's Tale. (1010)
Ford, Amanda Be True to Your Self: A Daily Guide for Teenage Girls.
Godwin, Malcolm Who Are You? 101 Ways of Seeing Yourself.
Goldschneider, Gary The Secret Language of Birthdays: Personology Profiles for Each Day of the Year.
Janeczko, Paul B. The Dark Game: True Spy Stories. (1200)
Krizmanic, Judy The Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook.
Marrin, Albert Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy. (1000)
Murphy, Jim An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793. (1130)
Seiple, Samantha Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion. (1110)
Walker, Sally M. Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917. (1100)

Novels in Poems

Bryant, Jennifer Ringside 1925: Views From the Scopes Trial: A Novel.
Hemphill, Stephanie Things Left Unsaid: A Novel in Poems.
Hopkins, Ellen Crank.
McVoy, Terra Elan After the Kiss.
Myers, Walter Dean Street Love.
Richards, Jame Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood.
Sandell, Lisa Ann Song of the Sparrow.
Schroeder, Lisa Far From You.
Sones, Sonya Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy.
Sones, Sonya What My Mother Doesn’t Know.
Thompson, Holly The Language Inside.
Thompson, Holly Orchards.
Tregay, Sarah Love & Leftovers: A Novel in Verse.
Van Cleave, Ryan G. Unlocked. (960)
Kehoe, Stasia Ward Audition.
Williams, Carol Lynch Waiting.
Wolf, Allan The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices From the Titanic.
Wolff, Virginia Euwer Make Lemonade.
Wolff, Virginia Euwer True Believer. (820)

Relationships

Baratz-Logsted, Lauren Crazy Beautiful. (910)
Barkley, Brad Dream Factory. (880)
Bauer, Joan Thwonk. (860)
Cabot, Meg Princess in Love. (880)
Clark, Catherine Maine Squeeze.
Colasanti, Susane Something Like Fate. (520)
Deaver, Julie Reece Say Goodnight, Gracie. (580)
Dessen, Sarah This Lullaby: A Novel. (820)
Eulberg, Elizabeth Prom & Prejudice. (HL 690)
Flinn, Alex Beastly. (580)
Friend, Natasha For Keeps. (590)
Grace, Amanda But I Love Him.
Greene, Bette Summer of My German Soldier. (800)
Huntley, Amy The Everafter. (HL 680)
Klause, Annette Curtis The Silver Kiss. (690)
Luper, Eric Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto. (700)
Smith, Jennifer E. The Comeback Season. (1070)

School, Family & Growing Up

Boyd, Maria Will.
Brashares, Ann The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. (600)
Dessen, Sarah What Happened to Goodbye. (760)
Emond, Stephen Happyface.
Fleischman, Paul Whirligig. (760)
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Takeoffs and Landings. (660)
Hoban, Julia Willow. (730)
John, Antony Five Flavors of Dumb. (890)
Kleinbaum, N. H. Dead Poets Society: A Novel.
Konigsburg, E.L. Silent to the Bone. (810)
Lynch, Chris Hothouse. (840)
Mackler, Carloyn Tangled. (750)
Nolan, Han Pregnant Pause.
de la Peña, Matt I Will Save You.
Rallison, Janette My Double Life.
Sachar, Louis The Cardturner: A Novel About a King, a Queen, and a Joker.
Sloan, Holly Goldberg I’ll Be There: A Novel. (810)
Sonnenblick, Jordan After Ever After. (820)
Stevenson, Robin A Thousand Shades of Blue. (NC600)
Trine, Greg The Second Base Club.
Van Draanen, Wendelin The Running Dream. (650)
Werlin, Nancy Are You Alone on Purpose?
Williams-Garcia, Rita Jumped. (600)
Wolff, Virginia Euwer Make Lemonade. (890)
Zalben, Jane Breskin Four Seasons: A Novel in Four Movements. (660)

Science Fiction

Adams, Douglas The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. (1000)
Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451.
Card, Orson Scott Ender's Shadow. (780)
Dickinson, Peter Eva. (1010)
Engdahl, Sylvia Enchantress from the Stars. (910)
Farmer, Nancy The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm: A Novel. (660)
Ghislain, Gary How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Turnabout. (690)
Harstad, Johan 172 Hours on the Moon: A Novel.
Heinlein, Robert A. Tunnel in the Sky.
Jones, Diana Wynne Hexwood.
Kincaid, S.J. Insignia. (HL750)
Klass, David Firestorm. (510)
Lancaster, Mike A. Human.4.
Levitin, Sonia The Cure. (670)
Lewis, J. S. Invasion: A C.H.A.O.S. Novel. (760)
Lore, Pitticus I Am Number Four. (700)
McCaffrey, Anne Dragonflight. (940)
Moore, James A. Subject Seven. (HL750)
Mullin, Mike Ashfall.
Nix, Garth A Confusion of Princes. (1070)
Nix, Garth Shade's Children. (980)
Rubinstein, Gillian Galax-Arena. (810)
Stracher, Cameron The Water Wars. (750)
Vizzini, Ned Be More Chill.
Webber, David A Beautiful Friendship: A Star Kingdom Novel.
Yansky, Brian Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences. (530)
Zahn, Timothy Dragon and Thief: A Dragonback Adventure. (800)

Dystopias

Bacigalupi, Paolo Ship Breaker. (HL 690)
Card, Orson Scott Pathfinder. (920)
Charbonneau, Joelle The Testing.
Condie, Allyson Braithwaite Matched. (680)
Collins, Suzanne The Hunger Games. (810)
Dashner, James The Maze Runner.
Doctorow, Cory Little Brother. (900)
Hautman, Pete Rash. (730)
Mandanna, Sangu The Lost Girl.
Mariz, Rae The Unidentified. (HL740)
Ness, Patrick The Knife of Never Letting Go.
Oliver, Lauren Delirium. (920)
Pearson, Mary The Adoration of Jenna Fox. (570)
Scott, Elizabeth Grace. (860)
Shusterman, Neal Unwind. (740)
Westerfeld, Scott Uglies. (770)
Zevin, Gabrielle All These Things I’ve Done. (HL630)

Short Stories

Chambers, Aidan The Kissing Game: Short Stories.
  Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror.
  Life on Mars: Tales From the New Frontier: An Original Science Fiction Anthology. (890)
Lubar, David The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales. (590)
  Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court.
  Such a Pretty Face: Short Stories About Beauty.
Tan, Shaun Lost and Found.
Taylor, Laini Lips Touch: Three Times. (990)
  Teen Ink: Our Voices, Our Visions.
  Teeth: Vampire Tales.

Sports

Coy, John Crackback. (490)
Crutcher, Chris Whale Talk. (1000)
Deuker, Carl High Heat. (620)
Halpin, Brendan Shutout. (930)
Jones, V.M. Out of Reach. (750)
Klass, David Danger Zone. (850)
Lipsyte, Robert Center Field. (HL 610)
Lipsyte, Robert The Contender. (760)
Lupica, Mike The Batboy. (940)
Lynch, Chris Slot Machine. (770)
Martino, Alfred C. Perfected By Girls.
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert Dairy Queen: A Novel. (990)
Myers, Walter Dean Slam! (750)
Padian, Maria Out of Nowhere.
  Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court.
Spinelli, Jerry There's a Girl in My Hammerlock: A Novel. (520)
Tigelaar, Liz PrettyTough: A Novel. (690)
Van Draanan, Wendelin The Running Dream. (HL650)
Warman, Jessica Breathless.

Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies

Ashby, Amanda Zombie Queen of Newbury High. (810)
Davis, Heather Never Cry Werewolf.
De la Cruz, Melissa Blue Bloods. (820)
Fantaskey, Beth Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. (700)
Ford, Michael Thomas Z. (640)
Harris, Carrie Bad Taste in Boys.
Klause, Annette Curtis Blood and Chocolate. (720)
Larbalestier, Justine Team Human. (HL650)
Maberry, Jonathan Rot & Ruin. (780)
Meaney, Flynn Bloodthirsty.
My Boyfriend is a Monster I Love Him to Pieces: Or, My Date is Dead Weight, or He Only Loves Me for My Brains.
Waters, Daniel Generation Dead. (820)
Westerfeld, Scott Peeps: A Novel. (840)

War

Collier, James My Brother Sam is Dead. (770)
Cooper, James Fenimore The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757. (1350)
Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage. (900)
Hughes, Dean Soldier Boys. (790)
Lynch, Chris I Pledge Allegiance.
Lynch, Chris The Right Fight.
Mazer, Harry The Last Mission. (620)
Myers, Walter Dean Fallen Angels. (650)
Myers, Walter Dean Sunrise Over Fallujah. (780)
Park, Linda Sue A Long Walk to Water: A Novel. (720)
Sedgwick, Marcus The Foreshadowing. (690)