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The 2002 ALA Recommended Book List
for Young Adults

The following books appear on the American Library Association's 2002 recommended book list for young adults. For your convenience, I've made the titles "clickable" to locations for reader reviews, and where you can purchase the books new/used, in hardback or paperback.

Note: as with any book on a "recommended reading list" it is wise for the parents to review the book prior to giving it to a child to ascertain its appropriateness for the reader.


Bell, Hilari. A Matter of Profit.
Brashares, Ann. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Brooks, Bruce. All That Remains.
Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon
Clement-Davies, David. Fire Bringer
The Color of Absence. Edited by James Howe.
Cormier, Robert. The Rag and Bone Shop
Crutcher, Chris. Whale Talk
Ferris, Jean. Eight Seconds
Ferris, Jean. Of Sound Mind. Of Sound Mind
Fleischman, Paul. Seek
Flinn, Alex. Breathing Underwater
Geras, Adele. Troy
Griffin, Adele. Amandine
Heneghan, James. The Grave
Holm, Jennifer. Boston Jane: An Adventure
Jenkins, A. M.. Damage
Jimenez, Francisco. Breaking Through
Jordan, Sherryl. Secret Sacrament
Klass, David. You Don't Know Me
Koertge, Ron. The Brimstone Journals
Les Becquets, Diane. The Stones of Mourning Creek
Lynch, Chris. Freewill
McCormick, Patricia. Cut
McDonald, Janet. Spellbound
McDonald, Joyce. Shades of Simon Gray
Mikaelsen, Ben. Touching Spirit Bear
Moriarty, Jaclyn. Feeling Sorry for Celia
Mosher, Richard. Zazoo
Na, An. A Step from Heaven
Naidoo, Beverly. The Other Side Of Truth
Nix, Garth. Lirael
Nolan, Han. Born Blue
On the Fringe. Edited by Don Gallo.
Park, Linda Sue. A Single Shard
Peck, Richard. Fair Weather
Pierce, Meredith Ann. Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood
Pierce, Tamora. Squire (Protector of the Small, No. 3)
Pratchett, Terry. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Pullman, Philip. The Amber Spyglass
Rice, David. Crazy Loco
Ryan, Sara. Empress of the World
Salisbury, Graham. Lord of the Deep
Sanchez, Alex. Rainbow Boys
Shinn, Sharon. Summers at Castle Auburn
Sones, Sonya. What My Mother Doesn't Know
Stratton, Allan. Leslie's Journal
Tashjian, Janet. The Gospel According to Larry
Taylor, Mildred. The Land
Tingle, Rebecca. The Edge on the Sword
Vance, Susanna. Sights
Vande Velde, Vivian. Being Dead: Stories
Vijayaraghaven, Vineeta. Motherland
Weaver, Beth. Rooster
Werlin, Nancy. Black Mirror
Williams-Garcia, Rita. Every Time a Rainbow Dies
Wittlinger, Ellen. Razzle
Wolff, Virginia Euwer. True Believer
Zusak, Markus. Fighting Ruben Wolfe


Colton, Larry. Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn
Cooper, Michael. Fighting for Honor: Japanese Americans and World War II
Fisher, Antwone, with Mim Eichler Rivas. Finding Fish: A Memoir
Fradin, Dennis Brindell. Bound for the North Star: True Stories of Fugitive Slaves. (0-395-97017-2).
Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan. Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist. (0-385-32806-0).
Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by 20th Century American Art. Edited by Jan Greenberg. (0-8109-4386-7).
Hoose, Phillip. We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History. (0-374-38252-2).
Kendall, Martha. Failure Is Impossible: the History of American Women's Rights. (0-82225-1744-2).
Ketchum, Liza. Into the New Country: Eight Remarkable Women of the West. (0-316-49597-2).
King, Daniel. Chess: From First Moves to Checkmate. (0-7534-5387-8).
Lawlor, Laurie. Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit. (0-8234-1588-0).
Marrin, Albert. George Washington and the Founding of a Nation. (0-525-46481-6).
Murphy, Jim. Blizzard: the Storm that Changed America. (0-590-67309-2).
Myers, Walter Dean. Bad Boy: A Memoir
Myers, Walter Dean. The Greatest Muhammad Ali: Muhammad Ali
Nelson, Marilyn. Carver: A Life in Poems
Orgill, Roxane. Shout, Sister, Shout!
Owen, David. Hidden Evidence: Forty true crimes and How Forensic Science Helped Solve Them
Things I Have to Tell You. Edited by Betsy Franco.
Voices : Poetry and Art from Around the World. edited by Barbara Brenner.
Words With Wings. Edited by Belinda Rochelle.
YELL-Oh Girls! Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Indentity, and Growing-Up Asian American edited by Vickie Nam.


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