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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

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

If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

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