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Suggested Books Organized by Genre

Listed below are hundreds of novels that are recommended by the Triad Media Center staff and broken into categories according to genre. For more information on a particular title, GoodReads.com or Amazon.com are just two sites with synopses, reader reviews, lists of similar novels and information about the author.



Watership Down, by Richard Adams (AR)

Lady and Her Tiger, by Pat Derby and Peter Beagle

Daywatchers, by Peter Parnall

Woodsong, by Gary Paulsen (AR)

Stray Dog, by Kathe Koja

Born Free, by Joy Adamson (AR)

National Velvet, by Enid Bagnold (AR)

All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot (AR)

All Things Bright and Beautiful, by James Herriot (AR)

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London (AR)

My Friend Flicka, by Mary O’Hara (AR)

The Yearling, by Marjorie Rawlings (AR)

The Hostage, by Theodore Taylor (AR)

The Weirdo, by Theodore Taylor (AR)

White Fang, by Jack London (AR)

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, by John Grogan (636)

Dewey, the Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, by Vicki Myron (636)

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Different Cultures

How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, by Julia Alvarez

Maya Running, by Anjali Banerjee

The House on Mango Street, by Sanda Cisneros (813 OXF)

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, by Michael Dorris

Born Confused, by Tanya Desai Hidier (AR)

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

Annie John, by Jamaica Kincaid

Imani All Mine, by Connie Porter (AR)

Sammy & Julianna in Hollywood, by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Chanda’s Secrets, by Allan Stratton

Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan (AR)

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker (AR)

Journey of the Sparrows, by Fran Leeper Buss (AR)

Song of the Buffalo Boy, by Sherry Garland (AR)

A Woman of Her Tribe, by Margaret Robinson (AR)

Bound, by Donna Jo Napoli

Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden

Shogun, by James Clavell (AR)

The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Sierstad (958) (AR)

Mexican Whiteboy, by Matt de la Pena

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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Edgy Teen Novels

Forever, by Judy Blume

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier (AR)

Beyond the Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier (AR)

The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton (AR)

A Separate Peace, by John Knowles (AR)

The Pigman, by Paul Zindel (AR)

Weetzie Bat, by Francesca Lia Block

Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole

You Don’t Know Me, by David Klass

Freewill, by Cris Lynch

Cut, by Patricia McCormick

Monster, by Walter Dean Myers (AR)

Upstate, by Kalisha Buckhanon (AR)

Rats Saw God, by Rob Thomas (AR)

Handbook for Boys, by Walter Dean Myers

LeRoy and the Old Man, by W.E. Butterworth (AR)

Up the Down Staircase, by Bel Kaufman (AR)

The Drowning of Stephen Jones, by Bette Greene (AR)

Tell Me if the Lovers are Losers, by Cynthia Voigt (AR)

The True Meaning of Cleavage, by Mariah Fredericks

Prom, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Catalyst, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Looking for Alaska, by John Green (AR)

An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green (AR)

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher (AR)

Ordinary People, by Judith Guest (AR)

All We Know of Heaven, by Jacqueline Michard

Before I Die, by Jenny Downham

Getting It, by Alex Sanchez

The Hand You’re Dealt, by Paul Volponi

Lock and Key, by Sara Dessen (AR)

New Blood, by Peter McPhee

Th1rteen R3asons Why, by Jay Asher

The Viper Within, by Sam Mills

You Know Where to Find Me, by Rachel Cohn (AR)

Black Rabbit Summer, by Kevin Brooks

Paper Towns, by John Green

Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about the Grapes of Wrath, by Arthur Goldman

Down to the Bone, by Mayra Dole

Freeze Frame, by Heidi Ayarbe

Madapple, by Christina Meldrum

Rooftop, by Paul Volponi (AR)

Tyrell, by Coe Booth

Dope Sick, by Walter Dean Myers

Response, by Paul Volponi

The Spectacular Now, by Tim Tharp

Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Give a Boy a Gun, by Todd Strasser

The Wave, by Todd Strasser

Stained, by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Absolute Brightness, by James Lecesne

Everything is Fine, by Ann Dee Ellis

Suckerpunch, by David Hernandez

Willow, by Julia Hoban

Gentlemen, by Michael Northrop

Just Another Hero, by Sharon Draper

North of Beautiful, by Justina Chen Headley

Sprout: Or My Salad Days, When I Was Green in Judgment, by Dale Peck

Vast Fields of Ordinary, by Nick Burd

Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, and Goth Girl Rising, by Barry Lyga

If I Grow Up, by Todd Strasser

Jumping Off Swings, by Jo Knowles

Kiss, by Jacqueline Wilson

Lockdown, by Walter Dean Myers

The Returners, by Gemma Malley

Family Issues & Problems

When She Was Good, by Norma Fox Mazer

Rule of the Bone, by Russell Banks

Father Figure: A Novel, by Richard Peck

I Am the Cheese, by Robert Cormier (AR)

Jack, by A.M. Homes (AR)

What Daddy Did, by Neal Shusterman (AR)

The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole

Stuck in Neutral, by Terry Trueman (AR)

The Night I Disappeared, by Julie Reece Deaver

Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Imani All Mine, by Connie Porter

Hanging on to Max, by Margaret Bechard

The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson

Freaky Green Eyes, by Joyce Carol Oats

After, by Francine Prose

Breathing Underwater, by Alex Flinn

Playing in Traffic, by Gail Giles

Emako Blue, by Brenda Woods

You Don’t Know Me, by David Klass

Fat Kid Rules the World, by K. L. Going

Red Kayak, by Priscilla Cummings

Riding the Bus with my Sister, by Rachel Simon (305.9) (AR)

Clover, by Dori Sanders (AR)

Shadow Baby, by Alison McGhee

Cruise Control, by Terry Truman

What Happened to Lani Garver, by Carol Plum-Ucci (AR)

The Lightkeeper’s Daughter, by Iain Laurence

When She was Good, by Norma Fox Mazer

Monster, by Walter Dean Myers (AR)

My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult (ARO

My Brother’s Keeper, by Patricia McCormick (AR)

Inexcusable, by Chris Lynch

The Tenth Circle, by Jodi Picoult

Donorboy, by Brendan Halpin (AR)

Sickened, by Julie Gregory (921 GRE)

Blood on His Hands, by Willo Davis Roberts (AR)

Plainsong, by Kent Haruf

After the Rain, by Norma Fox Mazer

Everything you Want, by Barbara Shoup

In Search of Mockingbird, by Loretta Ellsworth

One Whole and Perfect Day, by Judith Clarke

The Pact, by Jodi Picoult

Heaven, by Angela Johnson

Sweethearts, by Sara Zarr

Over and Under, by Todd Tucker

If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

Three Girls and Their Brother, by Theresa Rebeck

Notes from the Midnight Driver, by Jordan Sonnenblick

Shine, Coconut Moon, by Neesha Dosanjh Meminger

Handle With Care, by Jodi Picoult

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie and After Ever After, by Jordan Sonnenblick

By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead, by Julie Anne Peters

Dirty Little Secrets, by CJ Omololu

House Rules, by Rachel Sontag (306)

The Knife that Killed Me, by Anthony McGowan

Me, Myself & Ike, by K. L. Denman

Med Head, by James Patterson (616.8)

Once Was Lost, by Sara Zarr

The Secret Life of Prince Charming, by Deb Caletti

Zen & Xander Undone, by Amy Kathleen Ryan