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Teen Books Everyone Should Know

I saw this on Facebook today and then again on some blogs, so I thought I'd fill it out and share. It's not fair though, because there are so many on this list that I've checked out from the library meaning to read but haven't gotten to them yet!

Put an "X" next to the books you've read
Put a "+" next to the books you LOVE
Put a "*" next to the books you plan on reading
Tally your "X"s at the bottom
Share with your friends!

1. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy / Douglas Adams
2. Kit's Wilderness / David Almond
3. Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian / Sherman Alexie *
4. Speak / Laurie Halse Anderson *
5. Feed / M.T. Anderson
6. Flowers in the Attic / V.C. Andrews
7. 13 Reasons Why / Jay Asher X
8. Am I Blue? / Marion Dane Bauer
9. Audrey Wait! / Robin Benway X
10. Weetzie Bat / Francesca Lia Block *
11. Tangerine / Edward Bloor
12. Forever / Judy Blume * I have to read for grad school
13. What I Saw and How I Lied / Judy Blundell X+
14. Tyrell / Coe Booth
15. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants / Ann Brashares X
16. A Great and Terrible Beauty / Libba Bray X
17. The Princess Diaries / Meg Cabot X+
18. The Stranger / Albert Camus
19. Ender's Game / Orson Scott Card *
20. Postcards from No Man's Land / Aidan Chambers
21. Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky *
22. And Then There Were None / Agatha Christie
23. Gingerbread / Rachel Cohn *
24. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist / Rachel Cohn and David Levithan *
25. Artemis Fowl (series) / Eoin Colfer *
26. The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins X+
27. The Midwife's Apprentice / Karen Cushman *
28. The Truth About Forever / Sarah Dessen *
29. Little Brother / Cory Doctorow
30. A Northern Light / Jennifer Donnelly *
31. Tears of a Tiger / Sharon Draper
32. The House of the Scorpion / Nancy Farmer * I think this is another one for school
33. Breathing Underwater / Alex Flinn *
34. Stardust / Neil Gaiman X
35. Annie on My Mind / Nancy Garden
36. What Happened to Cass McBride / Gail Giles
37. Fat Kid Rules the World / K.L. Going
38. Lord of the Flies / William Golding
39. Looking for Alaska / John Green *
40. Bronx Masquerade / Nikki Grimes
41. Out of the Dust / Karen Hesse * I have to read for class
42. Hoot / Carl Hiaasen * I have to read for class
43. The Outsiders / S.E. Hinton X
44. Crank / Ellen Hopkins X+
45 The First Part Last / Angela Johnson
46. Blood and Chocolate / Annette Curtis Klause *
47. Arrow's Flight / Mercedes Lackey
48. Hattie Big Sky / Kirby Larson X
49. To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee X
50. Boy Meets Boy / David Levithan
51. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks / E. Lockhart *
52. The Giver / Lois Lowry X
53. Number the Stars / Lois Lowry * I have to read for class
54. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie / David Lubar *
55. Inexcusable / Chris Lynch
56. The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things / Carolyn Mackler X+
57. Dragonsong / Anne McCaffrey
58. White Darkness / Geraldine McCaughrean
59. Sold / Patricia McCormick *
60. Jellicoe Road / Melina Marchetta *(I have this one checked out right now!)
61. Wicked Lovely / Melissa Marr *
62. Twilight / Stephenie Meyer X
63. Dairy Queen / Catherine Murdock X
64. Fallen Angels / Walter Dean Myers
65. Monster / Walter Dean Myers
66. Step From Heaven / An Na
67. Mama Day / Gloria Naylor
68. The Keys to the Kingdom (series) / Garth Nix * One I have to read for class again
69. Sabriel / Garth Nix
70. Airborn / Kenneth Oppel *
71. Eragon / Christopher Paolini *
72. Hatchet / Gary Paulsen
73. Life As We Knew It / Susan Beth Pfeffer X
74. The Golden Compass / Phillip Pullman
75. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging / Louise Rennison X+
76. The Lightning Thief / Rick Riordan X+
77. Always Running: La Vida Loca / Luis Rodriguez
78. How i live now / Meg Rosoff
79. Harry Potter (series) / J.K. Rowling X+
80. Holes / Louis Sachar *
81. Catcher in the Rye / J. D. Salinger X
82. Push / Sapphire
83. Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi * I have to read this for one of my grad school classes
84. Unwind / Neil Shusterman
85. Coldest Winter Ever / Sister Souljah
86. Stargirl / Jerry Spinelli *
87. Chanda's Secrets / Allan Stratton
88. Tale of One Bad Rat / Brian Talbot
89. Rats Saw God / Rob Thomas * -Yep, Rob Thomas creator of Veronica Mars, I need to read this
90. Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien
91. Stuck in Neutral / Terry Trueman
92. Gossip Girl / Cecily Von Ziegesar *
93. Uglies / Scott Westerfeld X
94. Every Time a Rainbow Dies / Rita Williams-Garcia
95. Pedro and Me / Judd Winick * -I have to read this for school too
96. Hard Love / Ellen Wittlinger
97. American Born Chinese / Gene Luen Yang X+
98. Elsewhere / Gabrielle Zevin *
99. I am the Messenger / Markus Zusak
100. The Book Thief / Markus Zusak

Man, only 23 read-that's so sad! But I do have 34 on my TBR list, so hopefully I'll get to some of these soon.
Which ones have you read?


  1. Hmm, so this was actually a list put out by YALSA? I just saw it on people's blogs and thought it'd be fun to do. Didn't know it was library-approved. :)

  2. It was orignally posted on Facebook by a teen librarian's group, and then the person who made it (I think) posted it on YALSA yesterday. So it's semi-library approved. haha:)

  3. Wow, I love YA books but have only read 12 of the ones listed. Sad.

  4. Had no idea Rob Thomas of Rats Saw God was the same RT of Veronica Mars! What a great list. The Book Thief is in my TBR pile.

  5. Push by Sapphire is a TEEN book!? I'm pretty liberal, but most of the people in my master's level class that read it couldn't even finish it. Push is seriously distirbing. I'm still unsure if I love it or hate it and it has been three years since I read the book. It still haunts me, which is what I think sapphire intended.

  6. Debbie-I know, I felt like I should have read more too!

    Jenny-Yep, Rob Thomas started out as a YA author and then went into writing for TV. I'm sure I'd like his books since I love his TV shows. I want to read The Book Thief too, but it's soo long!

    Lizzy-I hadn't even heard of that book until I saw it on this list. From what I read on Amazon, I really think I'd hate it

  7. So is it YALSA that put this list together then??
    I've been dying to know because, even though I don't profess to know all things YA, I was suprised at how many of the titles I had never heard of (I'd only read 18!).
    Needless to say I will be creating a new tag for these titles in my librarthing collection.

  8. Rebachin-No it's not put out by YALSA, I saw it on the YALSA book listserv when someone posted a link to the Facebook page it was posted on. Here's the link to where I found it:


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