6 Books That Take Place in New York City

Besides being home to some of the most well-known sites in the world, New York’s also a popular setting for fiction. If your family is planning a visit to the Big Apple or just looking to explore the world from the comfort of your living room, here are some of our favorite books for readers 8+ that take place in New York City!

1. York: The Shadow Cipher 
In this alternate New York City, a puzzle leading to a treasure beyond all imagination has been built into the very buildings and streets by two genius architects… but now it’s 160 years later and no one has solved the Old York Cipher. Can twins Tess and Theo Biedermann solve the puzzle and save their home?

2. Apartment 1986
After deciding to cut class, Callie meets Cassius and together they embark on a mission to see seven different NYC museums in seven days. For Callie, these excursions through the city are meant to distract from her problems, but she soon finds that her problems don’t simply disappear, and true friendship is all about accepting people — and yourself — for who they really are!

3. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
There are many things you can learn on the New York City subway, but when Clayton Byrd runs away from home after the death of his grandfather, he doesn’t expect that it’s the journey rather than his destination that brings him closer to his controlling but loving mother. But like the blues music Clayton loves so much, his journey may just clarify a few things that surprise him.

4. Two Naomis
Other than their New York City addresses, and shared first name, Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith are sure they have nothing in common, but when their parents start dating and push them into attending a class together, these two Naomis may just find they have more in common than they originally thought.

5. Bridget Wilder: Spy to the Rescue 
Bridget Wilder is back at it again and headed to New York City in this second book in Jonathan Bernstein’s action-packed series. But managing the Big Apple all while ditching her brother, dodging her crush, and keeping her family and classmates from figuring out her secret identity may just hinder her mission to save the world!

6. Stuart Little
Born to a family of humans, Stuart lives in New York City, but this city-mouse never actually ventures out of his apartment until his best friend goes missing. From the eyes of a mouse, the big city somehow seems, well, bigger, as Stuart and the reader adventure out on a quest to find his friend!


What other books have you read that are set in New York City? Add to our list in the comments below, and make sure to check out York: The Shadow Cipher by National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winning author Laura Ruby, on sale May 16th!

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