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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

 

YAF071000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Alternative History

 

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

 

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

 

YAF058070 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Disabilities & Special Needs

 

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

 

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

 

YAF052070 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial *

 

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

 

YAF043000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science & Nature / General (see also headings under Animals)

 

YAF043010 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science & Nature / Environment

 

YAF056000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / General

 

YAF056010 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / Alien Contact

 

YAF003000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic

 

YAF056020 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Opera

 

YAF063000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / Time Travel

 

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, Grief, Bereavement

 

YAF058060 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Depression

 

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

 

YAF055000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Technology

 

YAF062000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense

 

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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