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)

American Born Chinese

Yang, Gene Luen. Illus. Gene Luen Yang. Square Fish. 2008. $9.99.

Jin Wang just wants to fit in.


Sharid, Madeia. Flux. 2011. $9.95.

Almira is fasting -- no food, no boys, no popularity.


Stratton, Allan. HarperTeen. 2012. $8.99

Is Sami's dad a terrorist?


Roth, Matthue. Push. 2008. $8.99.

Jupiter crashes a party, hides his Russian accent, and leaves loserdom behind.


Thompson, Holly. Ember. 2012. $9.99.

Kanako goes to Japan to figure out who she is supposed to be.

Out of Shadows

Wallace, Jason. Holiday House. 2011. $8.95.

Zimbabwe on the brink of war.

Outcasts United: An American town, a refugee team, and one woman’s quest to make a difference

St. John, Warren. Spiegel and Grau. 2009. $15.00.

Differences don't matter on the soccer field.

Persepolis 2: The story of a return

Satrapi, Marjane. Pantheon. 2005. $13.95

Tehran is 2500 miles from Vienna but to Marjane it feels like 2500 light-years away.

The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriquez

Sitomer, Alan. Hyperion Books CH. 2010. $9.99.

Can Sonia stand up to her family without turning her back on her Mexican heritage?

More Books that Won't Make You Blush

2013 Selection(s)

Bad Girls Don't Die

Alender, Katie. Hyperion Books. 2010. $8.99.

Kasey's dolls could give Chucky a run for his money.