The GateCrasher’s Library: YA & MG Standalones

The GateCrashers are celebrating hot book summer – have a look at some of our favorite reads!

The GateCrashers Library is officially open! Ever wonder what your favorite GateCrashers are reading or what they’d recommend? The GC Library will have a monthly theme or genre and all our writers have the opportunity to provide their favorite titles. For July, we’ll be listing all our favorite Young Adult and Middle Grade stand-alones. No library card needed, just browse our titles and find your next favorite read.

Middle Grade Graphic Novels

“I loved Jo & Rus because it’s a book about growing up and all the fears that come with it; how will I manage to do what I want? Will I have to do it alone? The characters deal with serious issues that most people have, but the book never stops believing that life can also be magical sometimes!”

— Gabrielle

Jo & Rus written & illustrated by Audra Winslow

Superman Smashes the Klan uses its bright, expressive art to tell a nuanced story about alienation and prejudice for kids without sacrificing any depth for older readers. Everyone should read this book.”

— Rook

Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang & illustrated by Gurihiru

Long Distance by Whitney Gardner

“A fun and funny comic that takes the tropes of princess stories and turns them on their head as Princess Max puts her budding detective skills to the test, along with her wise-cracking pony Justine, to find her missing brother.”

— Jimmy

Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson & illustrated by Brianne Drouhard

Young Adult Graphic Novels

Harley Quinn: Breaking the Glass by Mariko Tamaki & illustrated by Steve Pugh

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North & illustrated by Erica Henderson

You Brought Me The Ocean is an amazing coming-of-age story about a boy named Jake Hyde who has to deal with his sexuality, his emerging superpowers, and his fear of losing his closest friend by leaving for college as he must balance his fear of the unknown and his desire to keep those close to him safe.”

— Simon

You Bought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez & illustrated by Julie Maroh

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

“A fun and beautiful retelling of Cassandra Cain’s backstory that treats both her heritage and disability as important facets of her life.”

— Isabel

Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn & illustrated by Nicole Goux

Eat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo & illustrated by Lilian Klepakowsky

The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Middle Grade Novel

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

“Stanley Yelnats has the worst luck. Sent to the desert for a crime he didn’t commit, he is forced to dig a hole every day at Camp Green Lake. This is where the fun begins. I recommend this book to those who consider reading a chore because that’s how I felt, until I read this.”

— RJ

Holes by Louis Sachar

Pepper’s Rules for Secret Sleuthing by Briana McDonald

What If a Fish by Anika Fajardo

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

“If you’re a fan of time travel, snobby Italian painter rivalries, or curious orange cats, DaVinci’s Cat is a lovely middle grade novel for any reader looking for adventure.”

— Katie

Da Vinci’s Cat by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg

Young Adult Novels

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Meddling Kids takes the Scooby-Doo tropes everyone knows and loves and completely turns them on their head, resulting in a genuinely thrilling Lovecraftian horror novel.”

— Jon

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Disney Twisted Tales: Reflection by Elizabeth Lim

Disney Twisted Tales: So This is Love by Elizabeth Lim

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

“When I first read Some Quiet Place, the novel haunted me, changed how I think about emotional portrayals in literature, and possesses gorgeous prose that completely influenced my own writing style.”

— Katie

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Fake ID by Lamar Giles

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

“A spunky kid in 1940s Brooklyn forms an unlikely friendship with an up and coming baseball player in the backdrop of an ensuing World War. It is laugh out loud funny, heartwarming, and possibly heartbreaking. This is one of those books that will be re-read every summer!”

— RJ

The Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger

My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur

Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

Game Changer by Neal Shusterman

Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman

Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant

When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris

“In our current era where abusers are starting to be held accountable for their horrific actions, Grown sharply resonates, proving a difficult but vital read about mistreatment of young women in the music industry.”

— Katie

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

This Is My America by Kim Johnson

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Bruised by Tanya Boteju

A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi

Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Girls Save the World in This One by Ash Parsons

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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