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