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Genre, Sub-Genre, and Examples


Armed Conflict, Chases, Hostages, fights, explorations  



Alive,  Adrift, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Lost in the Barrens The Firm, The Outsiders, I am the Cheese, Clan of the Cave Bear; Mother Earth, Father Sky;  

Girl in Blue, Across Five Aprils, The Oxbow Incident, A Light in the Forest , 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, In Cold Blood:  

Animal Stories   

    Black Beauty, Woodsong

 Coming of Age a character facing problems and become more mature. Teen Trouble: High School Conflicts, Gangs, Drugs, Running Away 



  The Chocolate War, Huck Finn, 

Fantasy: Magic     

Animal Fantasy  

Mossflower, Watership Down, Wind in the Willows 

High Fantasy Swords and Sorcery


Historical Fantasy 



Female Relationships Sisterhood, Girlfriends, Cliques, Mother-Daughter



Prejudice / Southern Culture: Slavery, Civil Rights, Corrupt Sheriffs, plantations, Jim Crow, etc. 

  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 

Holocaust and Other Persecutions 

The Hiding Place, Year of Impossible Goodbyes

Personal Problems/ Poverty / Family Problems

Autobiography of a Face

Horror / Suspense The Supernatural Haunted houses, curses, graveyards, vampires, werewolves, mummies

The House of the Seven Gables   


Contemporary / Young Adult Dating




Science Fiction: The Future


Alien Planet Adventure

Glory Season, Windhaven

Dystopia: Society gone wrong

1984, Brave New World

First Contact: The first encounter with other races


Post-Technological World: Life after the disaster


Space Voyage

The Wreck of the River of Stars

Time Travel