YA and Juvenile fiction books can ALSO be enjoyed by adults- they're generally a quicker read, full of drama and action, and can be a vehicle for an outstanding story. Here are a few books I think readers of adult fiction would also enjoy:
Audacity by Melanie Crowder call # J CRO ( written in verse)
Inspired by the real life story of Clara Lemlich Shavelson, this novel depicts the garment worker's struggle at the turn of the twentieth century. It's a quick read packed with information about the culture of Manhattan's Lower East Side and the conditions that helped form the largest women's strike in American history.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds call# YA REY ( also written in verse)
This book reminds me of a good cup of coffee, with a slightly bitter but not unpleasant taste that lingers after you're done. I could not get it out of my head, and even though it's a quick read, I bet it will stay with you. A young man wants revenge for his brother’s death, and that’s all I’m saying because - spoilers. This is a YA book covering topics that should be discussed with your teenagers, your family, your friends- you owe it to yourself to read it first.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman call # YA SHU
Here's some dystopian fiction that asks some pretty deep questions about death and society while taking the reader on an adrenaline-packed adventure of a ... lifetime? If you are squeamish, don't read this book. It's an easy read, but the subject matter is definitely for older kids and adults. If you love sci-fi thrillers with serious social commentary, and can handle some grisley siturations, try this book. I will not give spoilers!
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein call# YA WEI
Ok, I know this book is about Nazis and spies and airplanes, but it’s also about friendship and trust and women finding their power in a world gone insane. I loved this book, but just like Scythe, I must warn you that it is not for the faint of heart - It’s YA for a reason.
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo call # J DIC AND/OR
One Dog And His Boy by Eva Ibbotson call # J IBB
I am a sucker for a good dog story and can’t decide which one of these is my favorite. Both books are uplifting, character driven stories highlighting our furry friends and the bonds we share with our pets and each other.
Here's a collection of some of my favorite picture books that focus on the family pet! I like themes...
Easy Readers and Picture Books
Henry and Mudge Series by Cynthia Rylant ( Easy Reader Level 2, RYL)
AND the Mr. Putter and Tabby Series, also by Cynthia Rylant ( Easy Reader Level 2, RYL)
Fly Guy Series by Tedd Arnold ( Easy Reader Level 2 ARN)
The Best Pet Of All by David LaRochelle E LAR
Memoirs Of A Goldfish by Devin Scillian E SCI
The Cat Man Of Aleppo by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha (E LAT)
I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff ( E ORL)
Mr. Scruff by Simon James ( E JAM)
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings ( E CUM)
(We have a variety of excellent non-fiction books about pets- these are just three of my favorites)
May I Pet Your Dog: The How To Guide For Kids Meeting Dogs( And Dogs Meeting Kids) by Stephanie Calmenson E 636.7 CAL
Two Bobbies: A True Story Of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival by Kirby Larson J 636.08 LAR
Mother To Tigers by George Ella Lyon E 590.7 LYO
Who Stole Mona Lisa? by Ruthie Knapp
Nurse, Soldier Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds by Marissa Moss
Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick
Olivia And The Missing Toy by Ian Falconer
Secrets of American History Series ( a Level 3 reader- we have several)
Dig to Disaster: A Miss Mallard Mystery by Robert Quackenbush
Mac B, Kid Spy by Mac Barnett
A to Z Mystery series by Ron Roy
Geronimo Stilton and/or Thea Stilton series ( under Geronimo Stilton)
The Secret of Shadow Ranch ( A Nancy Drew Mystery) by Carolyn Keene
The Tower Treasure ( A Hardy Boys Mystery) by Franklin W. Dixon
Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case Of The Sleeping Dog by Donald J. Sobol
Mysteries for older Juv. Fiction readers
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen ( many books by Carl Hiaasen)
Spy School Series by Stuart Gibbs ( many books in this series)
The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham