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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"

  • 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 *

YAF010010  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga *

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

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

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 *

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 *

YAF018080  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Stepfamilies *

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 *

YAF027020  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Humorous / Satire *

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 *

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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