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Book Genres

Use the genre color labels on the mF and YA books to find more books to love. The list of genres includes: Adventure,Classics, Dystopian, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Humorous, Mystery, Realistic, Science Fiction, and Sports Fiction.

Middle Fiction mF

Middle Fiction

Middle fiction is a category for readers aged between 8 and 12; the conflicts the characters go through reflect those experienced by children in this age group. Stories often have to do with the characters developing relationships with other people and coming to terms with the world around them. There is usually a trusted adult figure in these books. Middle grade books tend to be shorter than young adult ones. There are many middle grade books that were not considered middle grade at the time of their publication, but are categorized so now because of age of the protagonist they portray. Notable examples are fantasy classics such as The Golden Compass and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

 

Middle Fiction Examples

Checked by Cynthia Kadohata

Call Number is mF KAD

To help his dog through cancer treatment, Conor gives up hockey and finds himself considering who he is without the sport that has defined him, and connecting more with his family and best friend.

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus

Call Number is  mF PRE

In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

Call Number is mF GEM

A boy named Mark, tired of being sick with cancer, conceives a plan to climb Mount Rainier, and runs away from home with his dog, Beau--but with over two hundred miles between him and his goal, and only anger at his situation to drive him on, nothing will be easy, and only his best friend, Jessie, suspects where he is heading.

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

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Young Adult YA

Young Adult

Young adult literature is for readers aged between 12 and 18, although many adults are known to enjoy the genre as well. The conflicts the characters go through are relevant to teens. The protagonist as well as the majority of the key characters are in that age group as well. The protagonist is close to the experiences in the book; the story is not told with the hindsight of adulthood. 

Young adult books usually explore deeper ethical and societal problems, and sometimes contain explicit violence. Another distinguishing characteristic is that young adult books normally contain a romantic plot, while middle grade books do not.