Best Non-Fiction and Fiction Young Adult Books
This list is from the Young Adult Library Services Association. The 2010 list includes 101 titles, both nonfiction and fiction, from a variety of genres, including biography, pop culture, fantasy, street lit, and more.
“Reluctant readers will find books they like on this list, guaranteed,” said Amy Cheney, committee chair. “We have it all: from action-packed fiction to vampires, tattoos, ghosts, true stories and laugh-out-louds.”
p.s. If you want another great YA list, I have Top 100: YA Books as polled by Persnickety Snark.
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Wintergirls.
Dying to be thin.
Baratz-Logsted, Lauren. Crazy Beautiful
Beauty meets “The Beast,” 2010.
Babygirl Drama Series
Daniels, Babygirl. 16 on the Block (series #1).
From group home to highrise.
Daniels, Babygirl. 16 1/2 on the Block (series #2).
Why did Latina spend three years in a Detention Home for Girls?
Daniels, Babygirl. Glitter (series #4).
Pregnant and scared. Is there anyone to trust?
Daniels, Babygirl. Sister, Sister (series #3).
Twin vs. twin.
Divine, L. Drama High # 6: Courtin’ Jayd.
Boys, babies and hair.
Divine, L. Drama High #7: Hustlin’.
Jayd’s ups and downs.
Divine, L. Drama High #8: Keep it Movin’.
Wheels and weaves.
Draper, Sharon M. Just Another Hero.
Something’s going down at Hazelwood High.
Efaw, Amy. After.
Baby in the dumpster – why?
Elkeles, Simone. Perfect Chemistry.
Gang member and cheerleader: it’s not exactly love at first sight.
Forman, Gail. If I Stay.
This life or the afterlife?
Harmon, Michael. Brutal.
Taking down the status quo.
Johnson, LouAnne. Muchacho.
In Alt Ed and angry, can he keep his promise to mom?
Kaye, Marilyn. Gifted: Out of Sight, Out of Mind. (series #1).
Queen of Mean trapped in the life of unpopular Tracey.
Kaye, Marilyn. Gifted: Better Late Than Never (series #2).
Jenna’s dad finally shows up. Too good to be true?
Kaye, Marilyn. Gifted: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. (series #3).
Kidnapped to commit crimes, can super powers save them?
Byrd, A.J. Chasing Romeo. (A BFF novel -#1).
BFFs crushing on the same boy leads to major trouble!
Duck, Phillip Thomas. Dirty Jersey (series #1).
Fame is fickle and can have a price.
Duck, Phillip Thomas. Dirty South (series #2).
Family and feuds, is there a way out?
McKayhan, Monica. Jaded. (An Indigo Novel -#4).
Can Jade handle her boyfriend’s secrets?
McKayhan, Monica. Deal With It. (An Indigo Novel -#5).
Friends face off over dance team drama.
Norfleet, Celeste O. Fast Forward. (Kenisha Series -#2).
Is the hot new guy telling truths or lies?
Pride, Felicia. Patterson Heights. 2
Avery’s brother has been shot — should he avenge his murder?
Sarkar, Dona. Shrink to Fit.
Leah’s “Thinspirations” will make all her dreams come true. Won’t they?
Sewell, Earl. Lesson Learned (A Keysha Novel – #3).
Keysha’s mom is out of jail, Mike tries on his player game.
Sewell, Earl. Decision Time (A Keysha Novel – #4).
Will Lori steal Keysha’s man, while Keysha’s on stage?
Sparks, Chandra Taylor. The Pledge. (A Worth-the-Wait Novel #1).
It was easy to save herself for marriage until she met Allen.
Knowles, Jo. Jumping Off Swings.
One pregnancy seen through the eyes of four friends.
Denim Diaries Series
Lee, Darrien. Denim Diaries Book 1: Sixteen Going on Twenty-One (series).
True love since kindergarten.
Lee, Darrien. Denim Diaries Book 2: Grown in Sixty Seconds (series).
Expecting a child, missing their best friends.
Lee, Darrien. Denim Diaries Book 3: Queen of the Yard (series).
Will the gang life let her go?
Lee, Darrien. Denim Diaries Book 4: Broken Promises (series).
What could wreck the perfect family?
Lynch, Janet Nichols. Messed Up.
Mom’s in prison, dad’s gone, can RD make it on his own?
Mac, Carrie. Jacked.
Sneaking away from work was a bad idea.
McCaffrey, Kate. In Ecstasy.
Best friends — sex, drugs and lies.
McClintock, Norah. Taken.
Girls missing. One found dead. Is Stephanie next?
McDaniel, Lurlene. Breathless.
Four friends face the toughest decision ever — life or death.
Myers, Walter Dean. Dope Sick.
Life on the streets with a supernatural twist.
Reger, Rob and Gruner, Jessica. Emily the Strange: The Lost Days.
Emily has amnesia — and that’s not her only problem.
Ryan, Darlene. Five Minutes More.
Why would D’Arcy’s dad commit suicide?
Simone, Ni-Ni. If I Was Your Girl.
From the hottest girl around to babymama.
Simone, Ni-Ni. A Girl Like Me.
Leaving the hard life to live her dream.
Simone, Ni-Ni. Shortie Like Mine.
Seven is feeling it for Josiah; rocked by her BFF’s betrayal.
Singleton, Linda Joy. Dead Girl Walking (series #1).
Racing against time to save her brain-dead body from being unplugged.
Singleton, Linda Joy. Dead Girl Dancing (series #2).
It’s spring break — off to party in a college student’s body.
Singleton, Linda Joy. Dead Girl In Love (series #3).
Amber’s in the coffin. Who’s walking around in her body?
Smith, Alexander Gordon. Lockdown: Escape from Furnace (series #1).
Doing hard time for murder – a mile beneath the earth’s surface.
Williams, Carol Lynch. The Chosen One.
Can thirteen-year-old Kyra save herself from becoming her sixty-year-old uncle’s seventh wife?
Beckwith, Lois. The Dictionary of High School B.S.: From Acne to Varsity, All the Funny, Lame, and Annoying Aspects of High School Life.
High school – one definition at a time.
Blackshaw, Ric and Farrelly, Liz. Street Art Book: 60 Artists in Their Own Words.
Life, art and inspiration: graffiti artist’s talk.
Borgenicht, David. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Middle School.
How to get out alive.
Bright, J.E. America’s Next Top Model: Fierce Guide to Life: The Ultimate Source of Beauty, Fashion, and Model Behavior.
Let your inner diva shine.
Brown, Marvelyn. The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive.
“That boy did her scandalous.” –Ezra, 16.
Chmakova, Svetlana. Nightschool Volume 1 (series).
Boarding school for vampires, demons and witches.
Chmakova, Svetlana. Nightschool Volume 2 (series).
The lights may be off, but monsters still walk the halls.
Cliver, Sean. The Disposable Skateboard Bible.
Ultimate guide to skateboard decks.
Conley, Erin Elisabeth; Macklin, Karen and Miller, Jake. Crap: How to Deal with Annoying Teachers, Bosses, Backstabbers, and Other Stuff that Stinks.
Life is crappy, but it doesn’t have to wreck your day.
Cooper, Martha and Chalfant, Henry. Subway Art: 25th Anniversary Edition.
It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s classic NYC.
Davidson, Tony. One-track Mind: a Revealing Insight into the Obsessed Minds of Men.
Boobs, boobs, everywhere. Where’s Waldo for teenage boys.
Fagerstrom, Derek and Smith, Lauren. Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know Instructions for Life From the Everyday to the Exotic.
Fighting a shark, getting out of car in a mini skirt – it’s all here.
Garza, Mario. Stuff on my Mutt.
Wigs, Easter eggs and tiaras….. oh my!
Gavin, Francesca. Hell Bound: New Goth Art.
Art from the dark and disturbed.
Girdler, Chris. The Travel Book A Journey Through Every Country in the World
Around the world in 80 seconds.
Gray, Amy. How to Be a Vampire: A Fangs-on Guide for the Newly Undead.
Thinking outside the coffin.
LOL Cat Series
Happycat, Professor and icanhascheezburger.com. I Can Has Cheezburger?: A LOLcat Colleckshun.
Dis buk iz rilly funnee!
Happycat, Professor and icanhascheezburger.com. How to Take Over Teh Wurld: A LOLcat Guide 2 Winning.
LOLcats r bak!
Hardwicke, Catherine. Twilight Director’s Notebook: The Story of How We Made the Movie.
Behind the scenes.
Hart, Carey and Palmer, Chris. Inked.
Everyone’s skin has a story.
Heimber, Justin and Gomberg, David. Would You Rather….? Gross Out: Over 300 Disgusting Dilemmas Plus Extra Pages to Make Up Your Own!
Gargle blue cheese dressing for mouthwash or wear liver scented deodorant? You choose.
Horvath, David. Ugly Guide to Being Alive and Staying that Way: Hi! It’s the Uglydoll.
Secrets of everyday life in the Ugly world.
Jacoby, Annice. Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo.
Altered billboards, graffiti, murals – and more.
Janic, Susan. Jonas Brothers Forever: The Unofficial Story of Kevin, Joe and Nick.
All you need to know about the bros.
Jenisch, Josh. Art of the Video Game.
The digital artistry of your favorites.
Komanoya, Rico. Gothic Lolita Punk.
A showcase of art and artists from Japan.
Mawji, Nasim; Doherty, Chris; and Jensen, Burt. Hollywoof! Celebrity Dogs Bite Back.
What is Paris Hilton’s dog really thinking?
Miller, Kerry. Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings from Shared Spaces the World Over.
Dear Reader, do you really need an invitation to open this book?
Minguet, Eva. Tattoo Delirium.
Nardone, Tom. Extreme Pumpkins II: take back Halloween and freak out a few more neighbors.
Not your traditional jack-o-lantern: alien, booger-filled pumpkin, and more!
O’Meara, Stephen James. Are You Afraid Yet? The Science Behind Scary Stuff.
Uncover the scientific truth about the strange and unusual.
Oser, Bodhi. Fuck the World.
Signs all over the world — with one word added.
Pahlow, Mark. Who Would Buy This? The Archie McPhee Story.
Weird and bizarre in plastic. “The donkey butt cigarette dispenser is gross cool,” – Lenox, 15.
Palladini, Doug. Vans: Off the Wall: Stories of Sole from Vans Originals.
All the art and dirt.
Regan, Sally. The Vampire Book.
All you ever wanted to know in full dead and living color.
Renn, Crystal. Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves.
A model’s success doesn’t require starvation.
Seventeen Magazine. Mega Traumarama! Real Girls and Guys Confess More of Their Most Mortifying Moments!
It’s funny because it’s not you.
Smith, John. Inked: Clever, Odd and Outrageous Tattoos.
What were they thinking?
Smith, Larry and Fershleiser, Rachel. I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six-word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure.
Turn the page: teens’ true confessions.
Cirque du Freak Manga series
Shan, Darren and Arai, Takahir. Cirque du Freak: the Manga Vol. 1.
One visit to a freak show can change your life.
Shan, Darren and Arai, Takahir. Cirque du Freak: the Manga Vol. 2. The Vampire’s Assistant.
Life as a half-vampire is never easy.
Shan, Darren and Arai, Takahir. Cirque du Freak: the Manga Vol. 3. Tunnels of Blood (series).
Working for a vampire can be bloody and murderous.
Shields, Brian and Sullivan, Kevin. WWE Encyclopedia: the Definitive Guide to World Wrestling Entertainment.
50 years of smackdowns.
Stenning, Paul. The Robert Pattinson Album.
The full story.
Stutts, Ryan. The Skateboarding Field Manual.
Skateboarding 101: evolution, tricks, etiquette and dealing with the law.
Su, Lac. I Love Yous are for White People: A Memoir.
Violence at home and on the streets.
Turner, Tracey. Deadly Perils: And How to Avoid Them.
…. And then you die.
Von D, Kat. High Voltage Tattoo.
Famed L.A. tattoo artist talks ink and rock-n-roll.
Willams, Mel. Robert Pattinson: Fated for Fame.
There’s more to the actor than his trademark hair: short, sweet, full of pics.
Willin, Melvyn. Paranormal Caught on Film.
“I’m going to keep the light on,” Noel, 13.
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