Young Adult Novels Every Library Should Have
Every library ought to have these young adult novels, ranging from the classics to more recent phenomena, listed in chronological order. To learn more about how library systems work and how novels reach libraries, obtaining a librarian degree is a guaranteed path toward such enlightenment.
- “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain – This classic combines raw humor and startlingly mature material, following the escapades of young Huckleberry Finn as he travels about a 19th century South.
- “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien – This prelude to “The Lord of the Rings” is a brilliant fantasy adventure story complete with dwarves, elves, wizards, and a dragon guarding his hoard of treasure.
- “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding – This allegorical nightmare deals with human nature and individual welfare versus the common good, when a group of boys are stuck on a deserted island and try to govern themselves.
- “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee – Harper Lee tackles the heavy issues of racial inequality and rape in this warm and often humorous novel, narrated by the six-year old Scout Finch.
- “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle – A young girl and her brothers move through dimensions and visit strange worlds that exaggerate certain aspects of their own.
- “The Redwall” series by Brian Jacques – Fall in love with British anthropomorphic woodland creatures as they solve riddles, fight epic battles, fall in love, and enjoy mouthwatering feasts in the fairytale setting of Mossflower and beyond.
- “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen – A 13-year old becomes stranded in the Canadian wilderness after his plane crashes into a lake. He must learn to survive with nothing but a hatchet.
- “His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman – Two coming-of-age children wander through parallel universes and find their role in an epic plot with armored polar bears, daemons and witches.
- “Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli – A fearless, homeless orphan becomes a legend in a segregated Pennsylvania town.
- “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling – I’m sure you’ve heard of them.
- “Holes” by Louis Sachar – Stanley Yelnats is sent to a camp to dig holes in search of buried treasure and finds what no one could have expected.
- “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins – Visit a dystopian world full of drama, adventure, class struggle, injustice, totalitarianism, and disillusionment with reality shows. The story is an engaging, hard-to-put-down read.
- “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green – Hazel, a 16-year-old cancer patient, is forced to attend a support group, where she meets and falls in love with the 17-year-old Augustus, an ex-basketball player and amputee.
Many of these novels are read and discussed in school. Teachers interested in some of the techniques involved in teaching such material might be interested in educational leadership programs for ideas on teaching methods and opportunities.