The ABC of YA

Published on: 9 Ionawr 2015 Author: Nisha Alberti

Looking for a challenge? This is the ABC of YA - young adult books from A to Z to read your way through the alphabet!

The lists includes old favourites, future classics, love 'em or hate 'ems, heart-breaking stories and unmissable graphic novels.

A

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

Sherman Alexie

In his first book for young adults, Sherman Alexie tells the story of budding artist Junior, a 14-year-old Native American

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B

Bunker Diary

Kevin Brooks

Linus wakes up in a cold, dark, underground bunker with no recollection of how he got there.

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C

City of Bones

Cassandra Clare

When Clary visits a nightclub, she discovers that she is one of the Shadowhunters - a group of demon-hunters living in a world of vampires, werewolves and warlocks.

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D

Divergent

Veronica Roth

Often violent and disturbing, the novel is concerned with becoming an individual, facing your fears and finding your place in the world - and there's a teenage romance too.

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E

Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is a beautifully-written love story about two high school outsiders

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F

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

John Green tackles the subject of teenage cancer with sensitivity in this witty, life-affirming young adult romance.

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G

Gone

Michael Grant

Fourteen year old Sam Templeton is having a completely normal day until his teacher disappearsin the middle of a class. But he soon discovers that it isn't only their teacher who is gone - everyone over the age of fifteen has inexplicably disappeared from the small town of Perdido Beach.

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H

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

Welcome to Panem: its Capitol repressively rules twelve satellite Districts, enslaving the populations as workers and controlling them through hunger.

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I

The Isobel Journal

Isobel Harrop

Subtitled ‘Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens’, this beautifully-presented book from 18-year-old debut author Isobel Harrop is a vivid scrapbook of teenage life.

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J

Jamilti and Other Stories

Rutu Modan

Stories that range from darkly fantastical and unsettling to surprising discoveries that shape personal identity.

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K

The Knife of Never Letting Go

Patrick Ness

The first in a series, this enthralling sci-fi/fantasy novel grips readers throughout, presenting them with tough questions about identity, ethics and the nature of truth.

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L

Looking for JJ

Anne Cassidy

When a 10-year-old girl kills her best friend, she is convicted of manslaughter and locked away. Seven years later she is released on licence with a new identity.

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M

Maggot Moon

Sally Gardner

Combining conspiracy theory and dystopia, this hugely original novel is set in an alternate 1950s in which Britain is dominated by the ruthlessly oppressive forces of The Motherland.

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N

Noughts and Crosses

Malorie Blackman

Callum is a Nought but his best friend Sephy is a Cross - the daughter of one of the most influential politicians in the country.

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O

The Oathbreaker's Shadow

Amy McCulloch

Aspiring warrior Raim lives in a world in which people tie a knot for every promise they make. Anyone who breaks an oath is shunned and cast out into the desert.

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P

Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi Translated by Blake Ferris

Persepolis is Satrapi's history of Iran and her life in Iran and France as she tries to retain her Iranian culture but also grow up and become independent.

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Q

Quantum Drop

Saci Lloyd

Anthony, Tais, Lola and Ali are friends -  but when Tais is brutally attacked, leaving her in a coma, grief shatters their close-knit group. Can they find Tais's attacker?

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R

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen

Susin Nielsen

Nielsen tackles a hugely difficult subject with a deceptive lightness of touch. Henry’s life will never be the same, but day by day, he can begin to live again. A terrific, sad, beautiful and essential read.

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S

Submarine

Joe Dunthorne

Meet Oliver Tate, 15. Convinced that his father is depressed ('Depression comes in bouts. Like boxing. Dad is in the blue corner') and his mother is having an affair with her capoeira teacher.

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T

Twilight

Stephanie Meyer

Edward seems to hate Bella, but it turns out that he is in love with her and he is afraid of what he might do to her.

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U

(Un)arranged Marriage

Bali Rai

This is a brilliant debut novel and it is a refreshing change to see this issue tackled from a male perspective.

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V

Vivian Versus the Apocalypse

Katie Coyle

Sixteen-year-old Vivian Apple is awaiting the predicted 'Rapture' with a healthy degree of scepticism.

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W

We Were Liars

E Lockhart

E Lockhart paints a vivid portrait of the Sinclair family, spinning an addictive tale of first love, friendship and family that teens will find impossible to put down.

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X

X'ed Out

Charles Burns

If William Burroughs wrote a graphic novel, it might look something like this. 

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Y

The Young World

Chris Weitz

Although this may not be the first time a post-apocalyptic, teenage-run world has been written about, it is one of the best in the genre.

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Z

Zoo

All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the impending violence becomes terrifyingly clear.

With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders be…

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