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YA books in translation

If you notice a major omission, leave a comment. I’m currently not including light novels on this list, but that may change.

Grimpow: The Invisible Road by Rafael Abalos
City of Beasts (and other books in series) by Isabel Allende
I Need You More Than I Love You and I Love You to Bits by Gunnar Ardelius

Girl from Mars by Tamara Bach
The Killer’s Tears
by Anne-Laure Bondoux
Life As It Comes by Anne-Laure Bondoux
The Princetta by Anne-Laure Bondoux
A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux

The War of the Witches by Maite Carranza
Crazy Diamond by David Chotjewitz
Daniel Half-Human and the Good Nazi by David Chotjewitz
Broken Memory: A Story of Rwanda by Elisabeth Combres

Bruises by Anke de Vries
Tell Me What You See by Zoran Drvenkar

Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir

Markus + Diana by Klaus Hagerup
Markus and the Girls by Klaus Hagerup
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
Asphalt Angels by Ineke Holtwijk
An Innocent Soldier by Josef Holub
The Dream Merchant by Isabel Hoving

Over a Thousand Hills, I Walk for You by Hanne Jansen

Are U 4 Real? by Sara Kadefors

A Bridge to the Stars by Henning Mankell
Shadows in the Twilight by Henning Mankell
When the Snow Fell by Henning Mankell
God and I Broke Up by Katerina Mazetti
Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer
The Glass Word (Dark Reflection #3) by Kai Meyer
Pirate Curse (Wave Walker #1) by Kai Meyer
Pirate Emperor (Wave Walker #2) by Kai Meyer
Pirate Wars (Wave Walker #3) by Kai Meyer
Stone Light (Dark Reflection #2) by Kai Meyer
The Water Mirror (Dark Reflection #1) by Kai Meyer
Dragons of Darkness by Antonia Michaelis
The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis
Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis
Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe
It’s Love We Don’t Understand by Bart Moeyaert
The Pull of the Ocean by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
Winter’s End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat

Heart’s Delight by Per Nilsson
Seventeen by Per Nilsson
You & You & You by Per Nilsson
Good for Nothing by Michel Noel

Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara
Run Boy Run by Uri Orlev

Traitor by Gudrun Pausewang
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie by Mirjam Pressler
The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost

The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Prince of Mist
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Age 14 by Geert Spillebeen
Kipling’s Choice by Geert Spillebeen
Center of the World by Andreas Steinhofel
Heartsinger by Karlijn Stoffels

Nothing by Janne Teller

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (book 1) by Nahoko Uehashi
Moribito: Guardian of the Darkness (book 2) by Nahoko Uehashi

Damned Strong Love by Lutz van Dijk
Like a Thorn by Clara Vidal
No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
My Family for the War by Anne Voorhoeve

The Invisible by Mats Wahl

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valérie Zenatti
When I Was a Soldier by Valérie Zenatti

updated July 2012

8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2009 2:44 pm

    Kipling’s Choice by Geert Spillebeen

  2. February 8, 2010 6:15 am

    But isn’t it a bit strange that the whole action is moved from Sweden to the US in Kadefors’ book? Why wouldn’t Amercian teenagers be able to read a book that takes place in another country?

  3. March 30, 2013 5:31 pm

    Great list but the Inkheart trilogy and Reckless by Cornelia Funke are missing!
    Scott Reads It>

  4. May 25, 2014 10:02 pm

    We’d like you to include the following: Themba, a boy called Hope by Lutz van Dijk
    My Brother Johnny by Francesco D’Adamo
    Tina’s Web by Alki Zei
    BlackMail by Thomas Feibel
    Sobibor by Jean Molla
    Letters from Alain by Enrique Perez Diaz
    David’s Story by Stig Dalager
    all available at


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