Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

About the Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
To encourage young adults to read for pleasure by presenting to them lists of popular or topical titles which are widely available in paperback and which represent a broad variety of accessible themes and genres.

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I'm New Here Myself

2013 Selection(s)

All the Broken Pieces

Burg, Ann. Scholastic. 2012. $6.99.

Matt has two families -- one in America and one in Vietnam.

Benny and Omar

Colfer, Eoin. Disney-Hyperion. 2007. $7.95.

Benny's life tuns upside down when his family moves to Africa.

Born Confused

Hidier, Tanuja Desai. Scholastic Paperbacks. 2003. $9.99.

Caught between her Indian family and her American friends.

First Crossing: Stories about teen immigrants

Gallo, Donald (ed). Candlewick. 2007. $8.99.

Short stories from acclaimed authors.


Gelbwasser, Margie. Flux. 2010. $9.95.

In Alyssa's Russian-American family, alcohol is part of the culture.

Mexican White Boy

de la Peña, Matt. Ember. 2010. $8.99.

Too Mexican for his prep school and too American for his family.

The New Kids: big dreams and brave journeys at a high school for immigrant teens

Hauser, Brooke. Free Press. 2012. $15.00

True stories about students at the Brooklyn International High School.  

Shine Coconut Moon

Meminger, Neesha. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2010. $8.99.

Discovering her Sikh heritage.

A Step from Heaven.

Na, An. Speak. 2003. $7.99.

America is no paradise.

Tell us we're home

Budhos, Marina. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2011. $8.99.

New Jersey is a different planet to three teens from Mexico, Trinidad, and Slovakia.