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Top 100 Novels for Youth

Lincoln City Libraries children’s librarians have put together a list of 100 novels for kids age 9-12. Most also make great read-alouds for younger children. You’ll find classics and newer award-winning books. You’ll find traditional novels and graphic novels. Many of these are available as audiobooks. In this Top 100 Novels for Youth list, 2020 Edition, we focused on improving diversity allowing kids to see themselves and their friends in books more clearly.


Little Women (1868-1869)
by Louisa May Alcott (Alcott, j Alcott, CD Alcott, CD j Alcott, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, DVD adaptations)


The Crossover (2014)
by Kwame Alexander (j Alexander, Ebook, Downloadable Audio and Graphic Novel adaptation)


Mr. Popper’s Penguins (1938)
by Richard Atwater (j Atwater, jPB Atwater, CD j Atwater, Playaway, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


Tuck Everlasting (1975)
by Natalie Babbitt (j Babbit, jPB Babbitt, CD j Babbitt, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, DVD adaptation)


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
by Frank L. Baum (j Baum, jPB (Series) Baum, CD j Baum, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, DVD adaptation)


Lucky Broken Girl (2017)
by Ruth Behar (j Behar, jPB Behar and Ebook)


El Deafo (2014)
by Cece Bell (j Bell, jPB Bell, Ebook, and Hoopla E-comicbook)


The Penderwicks (2005)
by Jeanne Birdsall (j Birdsall, CD j Birdsall, Playaway, Overdrive Ebook and Eaudiobook)


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (1972)
by Judy Blume (j Blume, jPB Blume, CD j Blume, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems (2018)
by David Bowles (jPB (Non-Fiction) Bowles, Ebook)


Skeleton Man (2001)
by Joseph Bruchac (j Bruchac, jPB Bruchac, Playaway)


Charlie Hernandez & the League of Shadows (2018)
by Ryan Calejo (j Calejo, jPB Calejo)


Hurricane Child (2018)
by Kacen Callender (j Callender, jPB Callender, Downloadable Audio)


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
by Lewis Carroll (Carroll, j Carroll, jPB Carroll, CD j Carroll, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, plus DVD adaptations)


The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (2017)
by Pablo Cartaya (j Cartaya, jPB Cartaya, Downloadable Audio, and Spanish Language edition)


Gaby, Lost and Found (2013)
by Angela Cervantes (jPB Cervantes)


Pashmina (2017)
by Nidhi Chanani (jPB (Series) Chanani)


See You in the Cosmos (2017)
by Jack Cheng (j Cheng, jPB Cheng, Downloadable Audio)


Aru Shah and the End of Time (2018)
by Roshani Chokshi (j Chokshi, jPB (Series) Chokshi, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, Spanish language edition)


Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (1981)
by Beverly Cleary (j Cleary, jPB (Series) Cleary, CD j Cleary, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


Frindle (1996)
by Andrew Clements (j Clements, jPB Clements, CD j Clements, Downloadable Audio, Spanish language edition)


Finding Langston (2018)
by Lesa Cline-Ransome (j Cline-Ransome, jPB Cline-Ransome, Downloadable Audio)


Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes (1977)
by Eleanor Coerr (jC Coerr, jPB (Series) Coerr, jB Sa8c, j PB (Non-Fiction) Coerr, CD j Coerr, Ebook)


New Kid (2019)
by Jerry Craft (j Craft, jPB (Series) Craft, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, Hoopla E-comicbook)


Bud, Not Buddy (1999)
by Christopher Paul Curtis (j Curtis, jPB Curtis, CD j Curtis, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, Spanish Language Edition)


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)
by Roald Dahl (j Dahl, jPB (Series) Dahl, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, DVD adaptations)


Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
by Kate DiCamillo (j DiCamillo, jPB DiCamillo, CD j DiCamillo, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, Large Type, Spanish Language Edition, and DVD adaptation)


Morning Girl (1992)
by Michael Dorris (jPB Dorris, Downloadable Audio)


Blended (2018)
by Sharon M. Draper (j Draper, jPB Draper, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


City of Ember (2003)
by Jeanne DuPrau (j Duprau, jPB (Series) Duprau, CD j Duprau, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, DVD adaptation)


Dragons in a Bag (2018)
by Zetta Elliott (j Elliott, jPB (Series) Elliott)


The Birchbark House</a (1999)>
by Louise Erdrich (j Erdrich, jPB (Series) Erdrich, Downloadable Audio)


Harriet the Spy (1964)
by Louise Fitzhugh (j Fitzhugh, jPB (Series) Fitzhugh, Ebook)


Inkheart (2003)
by Cornelia Funke (j Funke, jPB (Series) Funke, CD j Funke, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, and DVD adaptation)


The Graveyard Book (2008)
by Neil Gaiman (j Gaiman, jPB Gaiman, Playaway, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, and graphic novel adaptation for both print and Hoopla)


My Side of the Mountain (1959)
by Jean Craighead George (j George, jPB (Series) George, Large Type, Playaway, CD j George, Downloadable Audio, and DVD adaptation)


Old Yeller (1956)
by Fred Gipson (j Gipson, jPB (Series) Gipson, CD j Gipson, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, and DVD adaptation)


The VanderBeekers of 141st St (2017)
by Karina Yan Glaser (j Glaser, Ebook)


The Red Umbrella (2011)
by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (YA Gonzalez, Heritage Gonzalez, Downloadable Audio)


The Wind in the Willows (1908)
by Kenneth Grahame (Grahame, j Grahame, jP Grahame, jPB Grahame, CD j Grahame, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, and multiple DVD adaptations)


The Night Diary (2018)
by Veera Hiranandani (j Hirananandandi, jPB Hiranandani, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


Out of the Dust (1997)
by Karen Hesse (j Hesse, jPB Hesse, Spanish Language Edition)


The Case of Windy Lake (2019)
by Michael Hutchinson (jPB (Series) Hutchinson, Ebook)


Bunnicula (1979)
by James Howe (j Howe, jPB (Series) Howe, CD j Howe, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


The Parker Inheritance (2018)
by Varian Johnson (j Johnson, jPB Johnson, Downloadable Audio)


Kira-Kira (2004)
by Cynthia Kadohata (j Kadohata, jPB Kadohata, YA PB Kadohata, CD j Kadohata, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


Hello Universe (2017)
by Erin Entrada Kelley (j Kelly, jPB Kelly, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


Song for a Whale</a (2019)>
by Lynne Kelly (j Lynne, jPB Lynne, Downloadable Audio)


Amina’s Voice (2017)
by Hena Khan (j Khan, jPB Khan)


From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler< (1967)br /> by E.L. Konigsburg (j Konigsburg, jPB Konigsburg, CD j Konigsbury, Large Type, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


Worth (2004)
by A LaFaye (j Lafaye, jPB Lafaye, CD j Lafaye, Downloadable Audio)


Pie in the Sky (2019)
by Remy Lai (j Lai, jPB Lai)


Inside Out and Back Again (2011)
by Thanhha Lai (j Lai, jPB Lai, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


A Wrinkle in Time (1962)
by Madeline L’Engle (j L’Engle, jPB (Series) L’Engle, CD j L’Engle, YA L’Engle (Graphic Novel), Ebook, Downloadable Audio, and DVD adaptation)


Ella Enchanted (1997)
by Gail Carson Levine (j Levine, jPB (Series) Levine, CD j Levine, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, and DVD adaptation)


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
by C.S. Lewis (j Lewis, jPB (Series) Lewis, CD j Lewis, Playaway, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, Spanish Language Edition)


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009)
by Grace Lin (j Lin, jPB Lin, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (1984)
by Bette Lord (j Lord, jPB Lord, Ebook)


The Giver (1993)
by Lois Lowry (j Lowry, jPB (Series) Lowry, YA Lowry, CD j Lowry, Playaway, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, and DVD adaptation)


Sarah, Plain and Tall (1985)
by Patricia MacLachlan (jC MacLachlan, jPB (Series) MacLachlan, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


The Season of Styx Malone (2018)
by Kekla Magoon (j Magoon, jPB Magoon)


Merci Suárez Changes Gears (2018)
by Meg Medina (j Medina, jPB Medina, Ebook)


A Dash of Trouble (2018)
by Anna Meriano (j Meriano, jPB (Series) Meriano, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


Winnie the Pooh (1926)
by A.A. Milne (j Milne, jPB (Serie) Milne, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, and DVD adaptations)


Anne of Green Gables (1908)
by Lucy Maud (L.M.) Montgomery (j Montgomery, jPB (Series) Montgomery, CD j Montgomery, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, and multiple DVD adaptations)


The Borrowers (1953)
by Mary Norton (j Norton, jPB (Series) Norton, Ebook)


Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971)
by Robert O’Brien (j O’Brien, jPB and jPB (Series) O’Brien, CD j O’Brien)


Spirit Hunters (2017)
by Ellen Oh (j Oh, jPB (Series) Oh, Ebook)


Bridge to Terabithia (1977)
by Katherine Paterson (j Paterson, jPB Paterson, CD j Paterson, Playaway, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, and several DVD adaptations)


Hatchet (1987)
by Gary Paulsen (j Paulsen, jPB and jPB (Series) Paulsen, CD j Paulsen, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


A Long Way From Chicago (1998)
by Richard Peck (j Peck, jPB and jPB (Series) Peck, Downloadable Audio)


The First Rule of Punk (2017)
by Celia C. Perez (j Perez, jPB Perez, Ebook, Spanish Language Edition)


The Golden Compass (1995)
by Philip Pullman (j Pullman, jPB (Series) Pullman, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, Video Game, and Graphic Novel and DVD adaptations)


The Westing Game (1978)
by Ellen Raskin (j Raskin, jPB Raskin, CD j Raskin, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


Where the Red Fern Grows (1961)
by Wilson Rawls (Rawls, j Rawls, jPB Rawls, CD j Rawls, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, and multiple DVD adaptations)


The House that Lou Built (2018)
by Mae Respicio (j Respicio, jPB Respicio)


As Brave As You (2016)
by Jason Reynolds (j Reynolds, jPB Reynolds, Downloadable Audio)


Ghost Boys (2018)
by Jewell Parker Rhodes (j Rhodes, jPB Rhodes, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


The Gauntlet (2017)
by Karuna Riazi (j Riazi, jPB (Series) Riazi)


Esperanza Rising (2000)
by Pam Muños Ryan (j Ryan, jPB Ryan, Downloadable Audio, Spanish Language Edition)


The Moon Within (2019)
by Aida Salazar (j Salazar)


Betty Before X (2018)
by Ilyasah Shabaaz & Renee Watson (j Shabaaz, jPB Shabaaz, Downloadable Audio)


The Egypt Game (1967)
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (jPB and jPB (Series) Snyder, CD j Snyder)


The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1958)
by Elizabeth George Speare (j Speare, jPB Speare, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


Maniac McGee (1990)
by Jerry Spinelli (j Spinelli, jPB Spinelli, CD j Spinelli, Downloadable Audio)


When You Reach Me (2009)
by Rebecca Stead (j Stead, jPB Stead, CD j Stead, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


The Mysterious Benedict Society (2017)
by Trenton Lee Stewart (j Stewart, jPB Stewart, CD j Stewart, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry (1976)
by Mildred Taylor (j Taylor, jPB (Series) Taylor, CD j Taylor, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


All-Of-A-Kind Family (1989)
by Sydney Taylor (jPB (Series) Taylor, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story (2013)
by Tim Tingle (j Tingle, jPB (Series) Tingle)


The Hobbit; or There And Back Again (1966)
by J.R.R. Tolkien (Tolkien, PB Tolkien, j Tolkien, jPB (Series) Tolkien, CD j Tolkien, Playaway, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, animated and live-action DVD adaptations)


The Thief (1996)
by Megan Whalen Turner (j Turner, jPB (Series) Turner, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


Save Me a Seat (2016)
by Gita Varadarajan & Sarah Weeks (j Weeks, Playaway, Downloadable Audio)


Stargazing (2019)
by Jen Wang (jPB (Series) Wang)


Charlotte’s Web (1952)
by E.B. White (j White, jPB White, CD j White, Playaway, Ebook, Downloadable Audio, animated and live-action DVD adaptations)


One Crazy Summer (2010)
by Rita Williams-Garcia (j Williams-Garcia, jPB (Series) Williams-Garcia, Playaway, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


The Sweetest Sound (2017)
by Sherri Winston (j Winston, jPB Winston)


Saint Louis Armstrong Beach (2011)
by Brenda Woods (j Woods, jPB Woods)


Brown Girl Dreaming (2014)
by Jacqueline Woodson (j818 Woo, jPB (Non-Fiction) Woodson, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)


Front Desk (2018)
by Kelly Yang (j Yang, jPB (Series) Yang, Ebook, Downloadable Audio)



First posted on BookGuide – May 2020 GH | Last update – May 2020 GH/SDC