Turning Back the Pages: Young Adult Novels for Your Reading List

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Young-adult (YA) novels aren’t just for young adults. Whether they appear on a required reading list or become a local book club selection, many YA novels are now considered classics. So, don’t hide your favorite YA fantasy between your textbooks or under your desk. Celebrate the genre and escape into one of these novels that resonate beyond the teenage years.

“Children of Blood & Bone” 

By Tomi Adeyemi │ Fantasy

This West African-inspired novel, released last March, is the first book of an epic trilogy. It is now a New York Times bestseller about the young diviner Zélie Adebola as she attempts to restore magic to the land of Orïsha.

“Chaos Walking” 

By Patrick Ness │Dystopian

You’ll want to read this trilogy before the movie comes out in 2019. A coming-of-age story set in a world where everyone can hear each other’s thoughts and there are secrets hidden in the noise. 

“When Dimple Met Rishi”

By Sandhya Menon │ Romance

Rishi and Dimple are two Indian-American teens who have major plans for their lives that do not include the arranged marriage their parents have in mind. They both end up at the same summer program, and thoughtful humor ensues.

“Ender’s Game” 

By Orson Scott Card │ Science fiction

Published in the 1980s, “Ender’s Game” is a sci-fi classic. To defend themselves from alien invaders, the human race uses video games to train children to be soldiers. “Ender” Wiggin ends games because he is so good at them, but what happens when the game is no longer just a game?

“To Kill a Mockingbird” 

By Harper Lee │ Classic literature

Another classic story about a young girl growing up in Alabama during the Great Depression. Her father, a 

lawyer, defends an African-American man who’s been falsely accused. What unfolds is a drama of heart-wrenching prejudice.

“The Book Thief” 

By Markus Zusak │ Historical fiction

A young foster child steals books in 1939 Nazi Germany and shares them with her foster family and the Jewish man concealed in the basement. This book is a profound look at the power of the written word. 

For more great YA novels, take a look at the list of 100 Best Young Adult Books of all time published by Time Magazine. According to Time, “We’re living in a golden age of young-adult literature, when books ostensibly written for teens are equally adored by readers of 

every generation.”