Use this YA Science Fiction and Fantasy novels book list to help your students find great books they want to read.
YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels
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9 YA Dystopian Fiction Novels
In this dystopian novel, the world has lost the ability to dream, except for Indigenous people in North America, whose bone marrow holds the cure for everyone. To survive, Frenchie and his crew must dodge the marrow “recruiters” who only want them as donors.
In this sequel to The Marrow Thieves, Frenchie is captured by marrow recruiters and held captive in a residential school, where Indigenous Peoples have their marrow harvested. Will his family be able to agree on the best way to rescue him? And will they find Frenchie in time?
In this near-perfect world, two teens must learn how to end life or risk losing their own.
Layla Amin and her family are involuntarily sent to an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. Layla starts to fight to get out and ends up leading a revolution against all of the people running the camp.
YA Fantasy Fiction Novels
In Tavia and Effie’s world, sirens are discriminated against and even have violence perpetrated towards them. No one knows that Tavia is a siren, and it’s all she can do to keep her voice quiet. But then her best friend Effie starts seeing demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her voice during a police stop, and it is all the girls can do to hold on to each other and fight for justice
Conor’s mother is being treated for cancer and Conor is trying not to show how difficult it is on him. Each night he is visited by a monster who tells stories, but one night, someone, something appears at his window. Conor must now face the truth or pay dearly.
A king has all the maji killed to remove magic from his kingdom and now Zélie is determined to bring it back.
Yadriel’s traditional Latinx family can’t seem to accept his true gender. In proving to his family that he is a brujo, Yadriel accidentally awakens the ghost of Julian Diaz, the bad boy of the neighbourhood. But what starts out as a reluctant agreement to help Julian if only to be rid of him, turns into a hope that he doesn’t have to leave after all.
Searching for her missing husband, Joan finds a man who sounds and looks just like him – but this man insists he is not her husband. To find the truth, Joan seeks help from an elder in her Métis community who knows the traditions of her people and understands their ancient enemies.
12 Genre Book Reports Assignment
Love teaching with genres?
Help your students dive deeper into their reading with these 12 different genre-focused book report assignments. Each assignment enables students to showcase their creativity while meeting curriculum standards. This assignment covers both fiction and non-fiction books. The assignment structure rotates every three months helping students achieve proficiency, while still providing student choice. Assignments can be used in any order. A sample teaching schedule is provided.
- Realistic Fiction
- Mystery Fiction
- Graphic Novel
- Science Fiction
- Biography & Memoirs
- Historical Fiction
- Classical Fiction (pre-1970)
- Fantasy Fiction
- Traditional Literature vs. Fractured Fairy Tales
- Sports Fiction
- Free Verse Fiction
- Written Response – critical thinking and written reflection assignment.
- Creative Choice Board – students are provided with 3 options and must select which creative option they want to produce.
- Oral Presentation – a book talk format assignment.
- Student-Created Lesson based on a non-fiction book
- Traditional Literature vs. Fractured Fairy Tales Comparison Assignment
You might also want to check out:
- Science Fiction Book Report
- The Importance of Teaching Science Fiction
- 10 Science Fiction Books For Middle School Students