Book List for Young adults


You can be assured that if there is a book on this list, there is nothing in it that is contradictory to the Catholic faith. (And gosh, it’s so hard to find good YA literature, isn’t it?!) So we’ve tried to make it easy for you. It’s a great list you can check back on when your kids are bringing books home from school or your local library.

(Please know, however, that there still may be “tough stuff” in these books, and everything should be read at an appropriate level, but these books do not celebrate aspects of life that Catholics are morally opposed to.)

This list is constantly under construction with new titles, so be sure to check back with us regularly for new books!

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

An Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl

Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Holes by Louis Sachar

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C O’Brien

Raymie Nightengale by Kate DiCamillo

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

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Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S Tolan

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Outsiders by SE Hinton

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Shadow of His Wings: A Graphic Biography of Father Gereon Goldmann by Max Temesou

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Where You Lead by Leslea Wahl

Will Rider: The Relic of Perilous Falls by Raymond Arroyo

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Wonder by RJ Palacio

10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know by Kari Kampakis

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