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BISAC Subject Headings List, Young Adult Fiction
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YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Works of young adult fiction (ages 12-18; grades 7-12) should be assigned subjects in this section only.  Collections containing both young adult fiction and young adult nonfiction may also be assigned subjects in the YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION section.

Works of fiction intended for children (ages 0-11; preschool-grade 6) should be assigned subjects from the JUVENILE FICTION section.

Critical works intended for adults should be assigned "LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's & Young Adult Literature" and any other subjects needed in the LITERARY CRITICISM section (and should not be assigned any subjects in the YOUNG ADULT FICTION section).  Critical works intended for young adults should be assigned "YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Literary Criticism & Collections".

Use "YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Media Tie-In" when a new ISBN is created and this ISBN represents one of the following:

  • a work (or works) of fiction re-issued because of a movie/television show
  • a novelization of a movie
  • a novelization (or collection of stories) based on an episode (or episodes) of a television show
  • an original story (or collection of stories) using characters or settings from (or based on) a movie/television show

Existing ISBNs that become the basis for a movie or television show do not have to be re-coded.  It is recommended that when "YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Media Tie-In" is used, another subject be assigned as the primary subject.

YAF000000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General

YAF001000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / General

YAF001010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / Pirates

YAF001020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories

YAF002000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Animals / General

YAF002010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Animals / Horses

YAF002020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Animals / Marine Life

YAF002030  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Animals / Mythical Creatures

YAF002040  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Animals / Pets

YAF003000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic

YAF004000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Art

YAF005000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Biographical

YAF006000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Books & Libraries

YAF007000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Boys & Men

YAF008000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Careers, Occupations, Internships

YAF009000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Classics

YAF010000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General

YAF010050  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Action & Adventure *

YAF010060  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Classic Adaptation *

YAF010070  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Coming of Age *

YAF010080  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Dystopian *

YAF010090  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Fairy Tales, Folklore, Legends & Mythology *

YAF010100  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy *

YAF010110  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Historical *

YAF010120  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror *

YAF010130  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Humorous *

YAF010140  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / LGBT *

YAF010010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga

YAF010020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In

YAF010150  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Mystery & Detective *

YAF010160  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Paranormal *

YAF010170  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Romance *

YAF010030  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction

YAF010040  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes

YAF011000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age

YAF012000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Computers & Digital Media

YAF013000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Cooking & Food

YAF014000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural

YAF015000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Dystopian

YAF016000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Epistolary (Letters & Diaries)

YAF017000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General

YAF017010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations

YAF017020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Anthologies

YAF017030  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic

YAF018000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Themes)

YAF018010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Adoption

YAF018020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Alternative Family

YAF018080  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Blended Families

YAF018030  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Marriage & Divorce

YAF018040  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Multigenerational

YAF018050  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Orphans & Foster Homes

YAF018060  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Parents

YAF018070  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Siblings

YAF019000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / General

YAF019010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary

YAF019020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy

YAF019030  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Epic

YAF019040  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Historical

YAF019050  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches

YAF020000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fashion & Beauty

YAF021000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Ghost Stories

YAF022000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Girls & Women

YAF023000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Health & Daily Living / General

YAF023010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries

YAF024000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / General

YAF024010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Africa

YAF024020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Ancient Civilizations

YAF024030  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Asia

YAF024040  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Canada

YAF024050  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Europe

YAF024060  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Exploration & Discovery

YAF024070  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Holocaust

YAF024080  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Medieval

YAF024090  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Middle East

YAF024100  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Military & Wars

YAF024110  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Prehistory

YAF024120  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Renaissance

YAF024130  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / United States / General

YAF024140  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods

YAF024150  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century

YAF024160  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)

YAF024170  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / United States / 20th Century

YAF024180  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / United States / 21st Century

YAF025000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations

YAF026000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Horror

YAF027000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Humorous / General

YAF027010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Humorous / Black Comedy

YAF028000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Interactive Adventures

YAF029000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Law & Crime

YAF030000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / General

YAF030010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Arthurian

YAF030020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Greek & Roman

YAF031000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT

YAF032000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Lifestyles / City & Town Life

YAF033000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Lifestyles / Country Life

YAF034000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Lifestyles / Farm & Ranch Life

YAF035000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Light Novel (Ranobe)

YAF036000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Literary

YAF037000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Loners & Outcasts

YAF038000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Magical Realism

YAF039000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Media Tie-In

YAF040000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mermaids

YAF041000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Monsters

YAF042000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories

YAF043000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / General (see also headings under Animals)

YAF043010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Environment

YAF044000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Novels in Verse

YAF045000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural

YAF046000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / General

YAF046010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Aboriginal & Indigenous

YAF046020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Africa

YAF046030  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Asia

YAF046040  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Australia & Oceania

YAF046050  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Canada

YAF046060  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Caribbean & Latin America

YAF046070  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Europe

YAF046080  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Mexico

YAF046090  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Middle East

YAF046100  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Polar Regions

YAF046110  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / General

YAF046120  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

YAF046130  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / Asian American

YAF046140  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino

YAF046150  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American

YAF047000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / General

YAF047010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Dance

YAF047020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Film

YAF047030  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Music

YAF047040  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Television & Radio

YAF047050  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Theater & Musicals

YAF048000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Poetry

YAF049000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Politics & Government

YAF050000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Recycling & Green Living

YAF051000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / General

YAF051010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Agnostic & Atheist

YAF051020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Buddhist

YAF051030  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Christian / General

YAF051040  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Christian / Action & Adventure

YAF051050  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Christian / Comics & Graphic Novels

YAF051060  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Christian / Fantasy

YAF051070  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Christian / Historical

YAF051080  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Christian / Mysteries & Detective Stories

YAF051090  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Christian / Relationships

YAF051100  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Christian / Science Fiction

YAF051110  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Christian / Social Issues

YAF051120  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Hindu

YAF051130  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Jewish

YAF051140  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Muslim

YAF052000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / General

YAF052010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Clean & Wholesome

YAF052020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Contemporary

YAF052030  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Historical

YAF052040  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / LGBT

YAF052050  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Paranormal

YAF052060  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Romantic Comedy

YAF053000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Royalty

YAF027020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Satire

YAF054000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / School & Education / General

YAF054010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / School & Education / Boarding School & Prep School

YAF054020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / School & Education / College & University

YAF055000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science & Technology

YAF056000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / General

YAF056010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / Alien Contact

YAF056020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Opera

YAF057000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Short Stories

YAF058000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / General (see also headings under Family)

YAF058010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Assimilation

YAF058020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Bullying

YAF058030  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Class Differences

YAF058040  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Dating & Sex

YAF058050  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Death & Dying

YAF058060  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Depression

YAF058070  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Disabilities & Special Needs

YAF058080  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse

YAF058090  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Eating Disorders & Body Image

YAF058100  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration

YAF058110  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings

YAF058120  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

YAF058130  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Homelessness & Poverty

YAF058140  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Mental Illness

YAF058150  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience

YAF058160  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Peer Pressure

YAF058170  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Physical & Emotional Abuse (see also Social Themes / Sexual Abuse)

YAF058180  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Pregnancy

YAF058190  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism

YAF058200  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Religion & Faith

YAF058210  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Runaways

YAF058220  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

YAF058230  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Mutilation

YAF058240  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Sexual Abuse

YAF058250  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Suicide

YAF058260  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues

YAF058270  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence

YAF059000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / General

YAF059010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Baseball & Softball

YAF059020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Basketball

YAF059030  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Camping & Outdoor Activities

YAF059040  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Equestrian

YAF059050  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Extreme Sports

YAF059060  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Football

YAF059070  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Gymnastics

YAF059080  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Hockey

YAF059090  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Martial Arts

YAF059100  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Skateboarding

YAF059110  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Soccer

YAF059120  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Track & Field

YAF059130  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Water Sports

YAF059140  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Winter Sports

YAF060000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Steampunk

YAF061000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Superheroes

YAF062000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense

YAF063000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Time Travel

YAF064000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Travel & Transportation / General

YAF064010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Travel & Transportation / Car & Road Trips

YAF065000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Vampires

YAF066000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical

YAF067000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / War & Military

YAF068000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Werewolves & Shifters

YAF069000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Westerns

YAF070000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Zombies

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