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YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels

Use this YA Fantasy and Science Fiction novels book list to help your students find great books they want to read.

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

If you are looking for book lists for other genres, check out this High School Book Recommendations blog post for more ideas.

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9 YA Dystopian Fiction Novels

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

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.

Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline

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?

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

In this near-perfect world, two teens must learn how to end life or risk losing their own.

Internment by Samira Ahmed

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

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

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

A Monster Calls (Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd) by Patrick Ness

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.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

A king has all the maji killed to remove magic from his kingdom and now Zélie is determined to bring it back.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

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.

Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

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.

Included Genres

  • Realistic Fiction
  • Mystery Fiction
  • Graphic Novel
  • Science Fiction
  • Biography & Memoirs
  • Historical Fiction
  • Classical Fiction (pre-1970)
  • Fantasy Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Traditional Literature vs. Fractured Fairy Tales
  • Sports Fiction
  • Free Verse Fiction

Assignment Types:

  1. Written Response – critical thinking and written reflection assignment.
  2. Creative Choice Board – students are provided with 3 options and must select which creative option they want to produce.
  3. Oral Presentation – a book talk format assignment.
  4. Student-Created Lesson based on a non-fiction book
  5. Traditional Literature vs. Fractured Fairy Tales Comparison Assignment

Find the 12 Genres Book Reports resource on Shopify CAD or Teachers Pay Teachers USD.

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For more great middle school books, check out this blog post – Best Middle School Book Recommendations. Also, check out some fantastic YA books in this blog post – High School Book Recommendations.

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