Not Just for Grown Ups

Since many adults are reading books from the children’s and young adult genres more and more these days, we thought it only fair to recommend books that are written for adults that are equally appropriate for young adult readers. If you’re looking for more challenging fare to whet your literary appetite, look no further. Even we have to take a break from reading children’s and young adult books!

Boys vs. Girls

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (age 12+)
Relationships
  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks (age 13+)
Fantasy/Sci-Fi
PURE FANTASY
  • A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony (Xanth Series, age 13+)
REAL VAMPIRES DON’T SPARKLE
  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley (age 15+, mature content)
KING ARTHUR AND MEDIEVAL TIMES
  • The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (Arthurian Saga, age 14+)
ZOMBIES, UNICORNS, AND FAIRIES…OH MY!
ZOMBIES
  • Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (Clockwork Century Series, age 14+)
DRAGONS
  • Dragonsong by Anne McCaffery (Pern/Harper Hall Series, age 13+)
Mystery
WHODUNIT
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Flavia de Luce Mysteries, age 14+)
  • The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes, age 15+)
Historical Fiction
HISTORICAL FANTASY
  • Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (Clockwork Century Series, age 14+)

Multi-Cultural

African-American
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (age 14+, mature content)
Hispanic
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (age 12+)
Africa
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (age 14+)
If you liked…
The Hunger Games 
Futuristic/Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (age 14+)
  • 1984 by George Orwell (age 15+, mature content)
Fighting the System
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (age 14+)
  • A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (age 15+, mature content)
  • 1984 by George Orwell (age 15+, mature content)
Twilight
Vampires
  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley (age 15+, mature content)
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (age 15+)
Book to Film
ROMANCE
  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks (age 13+)
Non-Fiction (Just the Facts)
BIOGRAPHIES/AUTOBIOGRAPHIES/MEMOIRS
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank (age 11+)
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (age 14+)
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (age 14+, mature content)
EXPLORATION
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann (age 14+)
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