2013 Library Materials for Young Adults Reading List

LIS 7220 Library Materials for Young Adults
Instructor Dr. Sarah Park
2013 Spring
St. Catherine University
MLIS Program


  • Chance, Rosemary. (2008).  Young Adult Literature in Action: A Librarian’s Guide
  •  McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Books (Listen to at least one of the books on audio and read at least one as an e-book)

  • Alexie, Sherman.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Anderson, MT. Feed
  • Anderson, Laurie Halse. Wintergirls
  • Anonymous. Go Ask Alice
  • Asher, Jay. Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game
  • Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street
  • Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One
  • Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games
  • Conley, Erin Elizabeth.  Uncool: A Girl’s Guide to Misifitting In
  • Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War
  • Daly, Maureen. Seventeenth Summer
  • Dessen, Sarah. Dreamland
  • Franco, Betsy. Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers
  • Garden, Nancy. Annie On My Mind
  • Han, Jenny. The Summer I Turned Pretty
  • Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders
  • Jackson, Kim and Heewon Lee. Here: A Visual History of Adopted Koreans in Minnesota
  • Johnson, Angela. The First Part Last
  • Johnson, Mat. Incognegro
  • Kick, Russ (ed). Choose one graphic novel from The Graphic Canon, Volume 1 and read the original version, then the graphic novel version.
  • Levithan, David. Boy Meets Boy
  • Levithan, David. Every Day
  • Link, Kelly (ed.). Steampunk!
  • Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight
  • Miéville, China. Un Lun Dun
  • Na, An. A Step from Heaven
  • Portman, Frank. King Dork
  • Rosoff, Meg. How I Live Now
  • Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye
  • Sam the Storyteller. The Dead Isle. (self-published)
  • Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
  • Schneider, Robyn. The Social Climber’s Guide to High School
  • Sivertsen, Linda and Tosh Sivertsen. Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life
  • Takaki, Ron. (adapted by Rebecca Stefoff). A Different Mirror For Young People: A History of Multicultural America
  • Woodson, Jacqueline. Peace, Locomotion
  • Wright, Bil. Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy
  • Yang, Gene Luen.  American Born Chinese
  • Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief


  • The Hunger Games
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Recommended Readings

  • Braun, Linda W., Hillias J. Martin, and Connie Urquhart. (2010). Risky Business: Taking and Managing Risks in Library Services for Teens. Chicago: American Library Association.
  • Brenner, Robin E. (2007). Understanding Manga and Anime. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
  • Cart, Michael. (1996). From Romance to Realism: 50 Years of Growth and Change in Young Adult Literature. New York: Harper Collins.
  • Cart, Michael and Christine A. Jenkins. (2006). The Heart Has its Reasons: Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-2004. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
  • Chambers, Aidan. (1985). Booktalk: Occasional Writing on Literature and Children. New York: Harper & Row.
  • Flowers, Sarah. (2011). Young Adults Deserve the Best: YALSA’s Competencies in Action. Chicago: American Library Association.
  • Goodstein, Anastasia. (2007). Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens are Really Doing Online. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin.
  • Harris, Frances Jacobson. (2005). I Found It on the Internet. Chicago: American Library Association.
  • Hine, Thomas. (1999). The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager: A New History of the American Adolescent Experience. New York: Perennial.
  • Horning, Kathleen T. (2010). From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books. New York: Collins.
  • Ross, Catherine Sheldrick, Lynne McKechnie, and Paulette M. Rothbauer. (2006). Reading Matters: What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries, and Community. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
  • Wolk, Douglas. (2007). Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.

 Happy reading 🙂 

3 thoughts on “2013 Library Materials for Young Adults Reading List

  1. Its such as you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the ebook in it or something. I think that you can do with some % to power the message house a bit, but other than that, that is great blog. A great read. I’ll definitely be back.

  2. Katie

    Looks like a good reading list, but what does Here: A Visual History of Adopted Koreans in Minnesota have to do with Young Adult Lit? getting on your soapbox a little there?

    1. Katie, each semester I assign a different text that addresses transracial adoption, so this semester the rotation landed on HERE. I’ve assigned Seeds from a Silent Tree, Voices from Another Place, and other works in the past. Not all the materials I assign are explicitly created for and marketed to young adults – a lot of YA read up (and down) so the goal is to expose my students to materials that YA may find interesting (for example, *Ready Player One* is not an explicitly YA text, and *The Chocolate War* and *The Book Thief* were originally written as adult texts). HERE is accessible and of possible interest to a wide range of ages.

      Because most of my students work as youth librarians in Minnesota, I want to make sure they learn a little something about the autobiographical and creative works of adoptees while they’re in my class. I suppose from one angle it could look like a soapbox, but I’d rather think of it as an opportunity for them to learn about adoption from works by adopted persons – something they may not easily come across on their own if they’re not already exposed to it. In my experience, they’ve rarely known about these kinds of works before taking my courses.

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