ALA Best Books for Young Adults
2019
The Poet X
Click to search this book in our catalog   Acevedo, Elizabeth

Book list This coming-of-age story from the streets of Harlem centers on Xiomara Barista, a teenage poet seek...More

2019
Leah on the Offbeat
Click to search this book in our catalog   Albertalli, Becky
2019
The Cruel Prince
Click to search this book in our catalog   Black, Holly

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Human Jude has been raised along with her twin, Taryn, and half-sibling, Vivi,...More

 
2019
A Heart in a Body in the World
 Caletti, Deb

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Seventeen-year-old Annabelle Agnelli needs to run away from tragedy. She start...More

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2019
Dread Nation
 Ireland, Justina

Book list *Starred Review* Ireland delivers a necessary, subversive, and explosive novel with her fantasy-lac...More

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2019
Mondays Not Coming.
 Jackson, Tiffany D.

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Galvanized by real-life accounts of black girls whose disappearances went unno...More

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2019
Darius the Great is Not Okay
Click to search this book in our catalog   Khorram, Adib

Publishers Weekly First-time author Khorram's coming-of-age novel brings to life the sights, sounds, smel...More

2019
Foolish Hearts.
Click to search this book in our catalog   Mills, Emma

School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-Claudia is at the last party of the summer before senior year when she overhea...More

2019
Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe
Click to search this book in our catalog   Norton, Preston

Book list *Starred Review* At six feet six and 250 pounds, self-hating 16-year-old Cliff is cruelly called Ne...More

 
2019
Frankie
 Plozza, Shivaun.
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2018
What Girls Are Made Of
 Arnold, Elana

School Library Journal Gr 10 Up-Nina has had a crush on Seth since fifth grade, but it wasn't until the s...More

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2018
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic.
 Bardugo, Leigh

Book list *Starred Review* With this lushly designed and wonderfully rendered offering, Bardugo (Six of Crows...More

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2018
The Gentlemans Guide to Vice and Virtue.
Click to search this book in our catalog   Lee, Mackenzi

Publishers Weekly Eighteen-year-old Henry "Monty" Montague-scandal prone, acid tongued, and a bit t...More

2018
Sparrow
Click to search this book in our catalog   Moon, Sarah

School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Fourteen-year-old Sparrow Cooke is believed to have nearly taken her own life ...More

2018
Long Way Down
Click to search this book in our catalog   Reynolds, Jason

Publishers Weekly Will, 15, is following his neighborhood's well-established rules-don't cry, don'...More

 
2018
Strange the Dreamer
 Taylor, Laini

Book list *Starred Review* By now, fans of Laini Taylor know what to expect: beautiful prose, strange and whi...More

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2018
The Hate U Give
 Thomas, Angie

Publishers Weekly At home in a neighborhood riven with gang strife, Starr Carter, 16, is both the grocer'...More

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2018
Piecing Me Together
 Watson, Renee

Book list Who owns the river and the line, and the hook, and the worm? wonders Jade, a scholarship kid at Por...More

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2018
Eliza and Her Monsters
Click to search this book in our catalog   Zappia, Francesca

Book list *Starred Review* Eliza's eponymous monsters are twofold: they are the stars of her viral webcom...More

2018
Goodbye Days
Click to search this book in our catalog   Zentner, Jeff

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-It was just a text: Carver wanted to know when his three best friends were goi...More

2017
The Passion of Dolssa
Click to search this book in our catalog   Berry, Julie

Book list *Starred Review* Publishers say that historical fiction is a hard sell, and books with religion at ...More

 
2017
The Reader G.P. Putnams Sons Books for Young Readers
 Chee, Traci

School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-Sefia, who lives in a world without books and reading, is on the run for her l...More

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2017
The Lie Tree.
 Hardinge, Frances

School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Faith Sunderly is intensely curious about her famous father's scientific r...More

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2017
The Female of the Species.
 McGinnis, Mindy

Book list *Starred Review* What would you do if your sister were raped and murdered, but the killer went free...More

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2017
Burn Baby Burn.
Click to search this book in our catalog   Medina, Meg
2017
Salt to the Sea.
Click to search this book in our catalog   Sepetys, Ruta

Publishers Weekly Sepetys delivers another knockout historical novel, after Between Shades of Gray and Out of...More

2017
Scythe.
Click to search this book in our catalog   Shusterman, Neal

Publishers Weekly In the future Earth of this grim novel from National Book Award-winner Shusterman (Challeng...More

 
2017
The Sun is Also a Star.
 Yoon, Nicola

Book list *Starred Review* On a summer morning in New York City, Daniel and Natasha wake up as strangers. Thi...More

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2017
The Serpent King
 Zentner, Jeff

Publishers Weekly Forrestville, Tenn., named after Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest, isn't exa...More

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2016
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
 Becky Albertalli

School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-Simon Speir, high school junior, walks away from his computer at school for ju...More

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2016
Six of Crows
Click to search this book in our catalog   Leigh Bardugo

School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Bardugo has created a wildly imaginative story of six young people who have be...More

2016
The Bunker Diary
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kevin Brooks

School Library Journal Gr 10 Up-Linus is a 16-year-old runaway living on the harsh English streets who wakes ...More

2016
Audacity
Click to search this book in our catalog   Melanie Crowder

School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Written in verse, this novel is loosely based on the life of Clara Lemlich Sha...More

 
2016
Shadowshaper
 Daniel Jose Older

Publishers Weekly In Older's (Half-Resurrection Blues) YA debut, Sierra Santiago is from Bedford-Stuyvesa...More

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2016
The Boy in the Black Suit
 Jason Reynolds

School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Matt's mother just died, and his dad isn't coping well, hanging out wi...More

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2016
Bone Gap
 Laura Ruby

Book list *Starred Review* For all appearances, Bone Gap is a sluggish farming town that most people want to ...More

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2016
X: A Novel
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ilyasah Shabazz

Publishers Weekly This fictionalized account of the boy who became Malcolm X maintains a suspenseful, poetic ...More

2016
Challenger Deep
Click to search this book in our catalog   Neal Shusterman

Publishers Weekly With lyricism and potent insight, Shusterman (Unwind) traces the schizophrenic descent and ...More

2016
More Happy Than Not
Click to search this book in our catalog   Adam Silvera

Publishers Weekly Aaron Soto, 16, lives in the projects in a Bronx similar to the real one except for the exi...More

 
2015
The Carnival at Bray
 by Jessie Ann Foley

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-This promising debut, set in the heyday of grunge, tells the story of Maggie L...More

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2015
The crossover
 by Kwame Alexander

School Library Journal Gr 6-10-Twins Josh and Jordan are junior high basketball stars, thanks in large part ...More

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2015
The gospel of winter : a novel
 by Brendan Kiely

Book list *Starred Review* Kiely's gutsy debut addresses abuse in the Catholic Church. The year is 2001, ...More

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2015
Ill give you the sun
Click to search this book in our catalog   by Jandy Nelson

School Library Journal Starred Review. Gr 9 Up-A resplendent novel from the author of The Sky Is Everywhere ...More

2015
Noggin
Click to search this book in our catalog   John Corey Whaley

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Travis Coates, 16, is dying of cancer, so he accepts an offer from a cryogeni...More

2015
Jackaby
Click to search this book in our catalog   R William Ritter

Publishers Weekly Toss together an alternate 19th-century New England city, a strong tradition of Sherlockia...More

 
2015
The story of Owen : dragon slayer of Trondheim
 E K Johnston

Book list *Starred Review* When Owen's legendary dragon-slayer aunt is too injured to continue her vocati...More

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2015
Vango : between sky and earth.
 by Timothee de Fombelle and Sarah Ardizzone

School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-A thrilling historical adventure set in the mid-1930s, this novel opens with ...More

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2015
And we stay
 Jenny Hubbard

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Emily Beam is a new student at Amherst School for Girls. There are rumors, of...More

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2015
Young elites.
Click to search this book in our catalog   by Marie Lu

School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-A rollicking series opener from the author of the "Legend" series (P...More

2014
All the Truth That is in Me
Click to search this book in our catalog   Julie Berry

Publishers Weekly This melancholy tale of a village outcast unfolds through the thoughts of Judith, who was ...More

2014
Freakboy
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Publishers Weekly Debut novelist Clark uses free verse to write a gripping story about a complex topic: the ...More

 
2014
Better Nate than ever
 Tim Federle

Book list In this funny and insightful story, the dreams of many a small-town, theater-loving boy are reflect...More

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2014
Far far away
 Tom McNeal

School Library Journal Gr 6 Up-McNeal spins a tale fluctuating from whimsy to macabre in such a beguiling vo...More

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2014
Eleanor and Park
 Rainbow Rowell

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-In this novel set in the 1980s, teenagers Eleanor and Park are outsiders; Ele...More

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2014
Midwinterblood
Click to search this book in our catalog   Marcus Sedgwick

Book list *Starred Review* In the year 2073, a reporter named Eric is sent to Blessed Island to research a ra...More

2014
Out of the Easy
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ruta Sepetys

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Against a vivid 1950s New Orleans backdrop, 17-year-old Josie Moraine is caug...More

2014
Winger
Click to search this book in our catalog   Andrew Smith

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Smith takes readers inside the mind of Ryan Dean West, nicknamed Winger for h...More

 
2014
Golden boy
 Tara Sullivan

School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-Habo, 13, knows that his albinism makes him a zeruzeru, less than a person. H...More

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2014
Rose under fire
 Elizabeth Wein

Publishers Weekly This companion to Wein's Printz Honor- and Edgar-winning Code Name Verity introduces R...More

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