100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader

Whether you're already knee-deep in young adult literature or looking to reacquaint yourself with an old favorite, the Bitch Media Community Lending Library has got you covered. We've put together a whopping 100 of our favorite young adult novels, featuring kick-ass teens and inspiring feminist themes. These stories will empower teenage and adult readers alike. 1. Estrella's Quinceañera by Malin Alegria 2. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez 3. Choir Boy by Charlie Anders 4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 5. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson 6. Alt Ed by Catherine Atkins 7. The Rhyming Season by Edward Averett 8. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi 9. Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black 10. Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block 11. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume 12. Forever by Judy Blume 13. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray 14. Debbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers 15. All-American Girl by Meg Cabot 16. Graceling by Kristin Cashore 17. The Plain Janes by Cecil Castelluci and Jim Rugg 18. This is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn by Aidan Chambers 19. Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You by Dorian Cirrone 20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 21. Magic Knight Rayearth by CLAMP 22. Celine by Brock Cole 23. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 24. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech 25. The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman 26. Sex Education by Jenny Davis 27. Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis 28. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen 29. For the Win by Cory Doctorow 30. Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole 31. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly 32. El Lector by William Durbin 33. The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake 34. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh 35. Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn 36. Crossing Stones by Helen Frost 37. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden 38. The Year They Burned the Books by Nancy Garden 39. Sticks and Stones by Beth Goobie 40. Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) by Justina Chen Headley 41. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse 42. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones 43. It's Not What You Expect by Norma Klein 44. Uncommon Faith by Trudy Krisher 45. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart 46. Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson 47. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson 48. Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby 49. White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages 50. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'engle 51. Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier 52. Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin 53. Ella Echanted by Gail Carson Levine 54. Gravity by Leanne Lieberman 55. Ash by Malinda Lo 56. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry 57. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden 58. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty 59. Sold by Patricia McCormick 60. The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers 61. Thunder Over Kandahar by Sharon E. McKay 62. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley 63. The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton 64. Night Flying by Rita Murphy 65. Revenge by Taslima Nasrin 66. A Step from Heaven by An Na 67. Skip Beat! By Yosiki Nakamura 68. Simply Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 69. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell 70. Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu 71. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund 72. Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters 73. Luna by Julie Anne Peters 74. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce 75. Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce 76. What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci 77. Imani All Mine by Connie Rose Porter 78. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman 79. The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman 80. Beneath My Mother's Feet by Amjed Qamar 81. The Sweet In-Between by Sheri Reynolds 82. Flygirl by Sherri Smith 83. Lucy the Giant by Sherri Smith 84. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor 85. Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught 86. Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman 87. Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian 88. Izzy, Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voigt 89. Cress Delahanty by Jessamyn West 90. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 91. When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune by Lori Aurelia Williams 92. Blue Tights by Rita Williams-Garcia 93. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia 94. Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger 95. Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff 96. The House You Pass on the Way by Jaqueline Woodson 97. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede 98. When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright 99. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr 100. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Bitch Staff & Volunteers Rave About Their Favorite YA Reads Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh I know so many feminists who went through spy phases as kids, and we were all emulating Harriet. Harriet wants to be a writer, so she spies on her neighbors and writes all of her observations in her notebooks. She's a tomboy and a bit of an outcast, a little mean but absolutely lovable. I read Harriet the Spy 17 times in 3rd grade, and I still think about Harriet when I write. – Lindsay Baltus The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman The political, religious, class, and racial tensions in this story are accessible to readers of all ages, and ring scary-true today. Pullman expects a lot of his audience, which is the best formula for makingconfident, lifelong readers. Lyra, the main character in the trilogy, is clever, witty, rebellious, and she more than holds her own with much older, scarier characters. Not one page of His Dark Materials is flippant or derogatory; there's far too much world-saving to be done for any of that nonsense! –Katie Presley Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis Tali and Octavia's parents force them to accompany their grandma on a summer road trip. The girls are annoyed, but they make a deal with their grandma not to wear any headphones as long as she doesn't smoke. The headphones thing works out in everyone's favor, as it gives the girls an opportunity to listen to their grandma tell stories from her childhood of domestic service and from her time in the African-American regiment of the Women's Army Corps. The girls undergo a powerful transformation while road-tripping as they begin to see their grandma as a person and come to understand the outstanding experiences that shaped her life. –Ashley McAllister Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell Karana lives alone on an island for eighteen years after jumping from a rescue ship. She learns to make her clothes, forage for her food, and look out for herself. As an 8-year-old, this book made me feel like I could do anything. When I learned years later that many people consider girls to be fragile and incapable, I knew better because of this book. – Emily McNulty Scripter The Sweet In-Between by Sheri Reynolds Kenny, a 17-year-old living in Virginia, is haunted by gendered bathrooms, not belonging, and the girl from out of town who was accidentally killed next door. I have never been so employed by a young adult character's attempts to grapple with gender and sexual identity. Reynolds has crafted a complicated and lyrical coming-of-age story that you won't soon forget. –AM The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi Set in the 19th century, 13-year old Charlotte Doyle finds herself the only passenger on a ship headed to Rhode Island. Mayhem ensues, and she rises to every challenge, journaling all the way. This book is full of excitement, provides an excellent story of a girl coming of age and standing up for herself, and makes a great read for seafaring feminists of all ages. –Kelsey Wallace