YA Books Citing YA Books




  • A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone mentions Forever by Judy Blume
  • Acceleration by Graham McNamee mentions The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
  • As Simple As Snow cites a lot of books
  • Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher, he refers to Vision Quest in the story called The Pin.
  • Burned by Ellen Hopkins references some YA
  • Call Me Hope by Gretchen Olson mentions Diary of Anne Frank
  • Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart mentions the Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • Good girls by Laura Ruby references Judy Blume's FOREVER as well as L. M. Montgomery's THE BLUE CASTLE.
  • Harry Sue by Sue Stauffacher mentions The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti mentions The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  • Inkheart and Inkspell by Cornelia Funke reference other books at the beginning of each chapter
  • It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini mentions the Redwall series by Brian Jacques
  • Juniper, Gentian and Rosemary by Pamela Dean mentions the Weetzie Bat books by Francesca Lia Block
  • Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life by Barbara Dee mentions tons of the main character's favorite YA fantasy novels, including those by Tamora Pierce, Nancy Springer and more.
  • King Dork by Frank Portman mentions Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott mentions Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
  • Lost It by Kristen Tracy mentions Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Macbeth by Shakespeare, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman and Hamlet by Shakespeare
  • Millicent Min Girl Genius by Lisa Yee mentions Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Nailed by Patrick Jones mentions Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Nothing but the Truth (And a Few White Lies) by Justina Headley mentions The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies mentions Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger, Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer, Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman, The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman, A Wrinkle in Tim by Madeleine L'Engle, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and the author Richard Peck.
  • Playing in traffic by Gail Giles mentions Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Poison Ivy by Amy Goldman Koss mentions Gentle's Holler by Kerry Madden
  • Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas mentions The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord mentions the Harry Potter books
  • Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall in Love, by Maryrose Wood The character Jess has a crush on Mr. Rochester ("that brooding, tormented stud-muffin") from Jane Eyre.
  • Shattering Glass by Gail Giles mentions This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff and the Duke of Deception by Geoffrey Wolff
  • Shrimp by Rachel Cohn mentions the Harry Potter books
  • Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar mentions Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Princess Bride by William Golding, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Melinda suffers through The Scarlet Letter during Nathaniel Hawthorne month
  • Stop Pretending: What happened when my big sister went crazy by Sonya Sones mentions Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Storky: How I Lost My Nickname and Won the Girl by Debra Garfinkle cites Catcher in the Rye, as does King Dork.
  • Tam Lin by Pamela Dean mentions The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, The Children of Llyr by Evangeline Walton (?), The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle and Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton mentions Pony Boy from The Outsiders, also by S.E. Hinton
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger mentions The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier and After the First Death by Robert Cormier
  • The Mailbox by Audrey Shafer mentions Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Miner's Daughter by Gretchen Laskas mentions Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and poetry, esp. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman and Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton mentions Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman refers to Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements, but not by title
  • Unsaid by Anika Maura Cassidy mentions Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury