Use this YA Fantasy and Science Fiction novels book list to help your students find great books they want to read. 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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YA Dystopian Fiction Novels
The Marrow Thieves
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 (A Marrow Thieves Novel)
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 (1) (Arc of a Scythe)
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
Song Below Water
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
A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd – 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 (Legacy of Orisha, 1)
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: A Novel
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.