ALA Best Books for Young Adults
2018
What Girls Are Made Of
Click to search this book in our catalog   Arnold, Elana
2018
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic.
Click to search this book in our catalog   Bardugo, Leigh
Book list *Starred Review* With this lushly designed and wonderfully rendered offering, Bardugo (Six of Crows, 2015) returns to her Grishaverse with ...More
 
2018
The Gentlemans Guide to Vice and Virtue.
 Lee, Mackenzi
Publishers Weekly Eighteen-year-old Henry "Monty" Montague-scandal prone, acid tongued, and a bit too fond of boys, girls, and gin-is embar...More
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2018
Sparrow
 Moon, Sarah
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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't snitch, but do get revenge "if s...More
2018
Strange the Dreamer
Click to search this book in our catalog   Taylor, Laini
Book list *Starred Review* By now, fans of Laini Taylor know what to expect: beautiful prose, strange and whimsical fantasy worlds, sympathetic monst...More
 
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's daughter and an outsider, because she ...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 Portland's prestigious St. Francis High...More
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2018
Eliza and Her Monsters
Click to search this book in our catalog   Zappia, Francesca
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 going to pick him up. But those three best ...More
 
2017
The Passion of Dolssa
 Berry, Julie
Book list *Starred Review* Publishers say that historical fiction is a hard sell, and books with religion at their core are few and far between. Kudo...More
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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 life, desperate to avenge the murder of h...More
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2017
The Lie Tree.
Click to search this book in our catalog   Hardinge, Frances
School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Faith Sunderly is intensely curious about her famous father's scientific research. When he is suddenly found dead,...More
2017
The Female of the Species.
Click to search this book in our catalog   McGinnis, Mindy
Book list *Starred Review* What would you do if your sister were raped and murdered, but the killer went free? Alex delivers her own brand of swift, ...More
 
2017
Burn Baby Burn.
 Medina, Meg
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2017
Salt to the Sea.
 Sepetys, Ruta
Publishers Weekly Sepetys delivers another knockout historical novel, after Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy, that offers insight into the ...More
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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 (Challenger Deep), the digital cloud has transfor...More
2017
The Sun is Also a Star.
Click to search this book in our catalog   Yoon, Nicola
Book list *Starred Review* On a summer morning in New York City, Daniel and Natasha wake up as strangers. This is a day that could catapult their liv...More
 
2017
The Serpent King
 Zentner, Jeff
Publishers Weekly Forrestville, Tenn., named after Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest, isn't exactly a welcome place for slightly ouside...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 just a moment, and that is when his bigges...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 been commissioned to pull off the greatest...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 up one day in an unfamiliar underground ...More
 
2016
Audacity
 Melanie Crowder
School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Written in verse, this novel is loosely based on the life of Clara Lemlich Shavelson, the leader of New York shirtwais...More
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2016
Shadowshaper
 Daniel Jose Older
Publishers Weekly In Older's (Half-Resurrection Blues) YA debut, Sierra Santiago is from Bedford-Stuyvesant, parties in Park Slope, and crashes C...More
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2016
The Boy in the Black Suit
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jason Reynolds
School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Matt's mother just died, and his dad isn't coping well, hanging out with the local drunk and downing whiskey, ...More
2016
Bone Gap
Click to search this book in our catalog   Laura Ruby
Book list *Starred Review* For all appearances, Bone Gap is a sluggish farming town that most people want to escape, a place with gaps just wide enou...More
 
2016
X: A Novel
 Ilyasah Shabazz
Publishers Weekly This fictionalized account of the boy who became Malcolm X maintains a suspenseful, poetic grip as it shifts among moments in his l...More
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2016
Challenger Deep
 Neal Shusterman
Publishers Weekly With lyricism and potent insight, Shusterman (Unwind) traces the schizophrenic descent and return of Caden Bosch, an intelligent 15...More
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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 existence of the Leteo Institute, a neighbo...More
2015
The Carnival at Bray
Click to search this book in our catalog   by Jessie Ann Foley
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-This promising debut, set in the heyday of grunge, tells the story of Maggie Lynch, a displaced Chicagoan and grunge m...More
 
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 to the coaching of their dad, a former ...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, the events of 9/11 are only two months o...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 (Dial, 2010). Fraternal twins and burgeo...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 cryogenic group to have his head removed and fro...More
 
2015
Jackaby
 R William Ritter
Publishers Weekly Toss together an alternate 19th-century New England city, a strong tradition of Sherlockian pastiche, and one seriously ugly hat,...More
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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 vocation, she starts teaching him the ways of ...More
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2015
Vango : between sky and earth.
Click to search this book in our catalog   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 a dramatic scene in front of Notre Dame ...More
2015
And we stay
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jenny Hubbard
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Emily Beam is a new student at Amherst School for Girls. There are rumors, of course, about why she has entered the ...More
 
2015
Young elites.
 by Marie Lu
School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-A rollicking series opener from the author of the "Legend" series (Putnam). Imagine surviving a plague of fe...More
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2014
All the Truth That is in Me
 Julie Berry
Publishers Weekly This melancholy tale of a village outcast unfolds through the thoughts of Judith, who was kidnapped, held prisoner, and maimed by...More
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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 challenges of growing up transgender or...More
2014
Better Nate than ever
Click to search this book in our catalog   Tim Federle
Book list In this funny and insightful story, the dreams of many a small-town, theater-loving boy are reflected in the starry eyes of eighth-grader N...More
 
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 voice that-like Hansel and Gretel-readers ...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; Eleanor, because she's new to the neig...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 rare flower called the Dragon Orchid. Ther...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 caught between the harsh reality of her neg...More
 
2014
Winger
 Andrew Smith
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Smith takes readers inside the mind of Ryan Dean West, nicknamed Winger for his position on the rugby team of his ton...More
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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. His skin burns easily, and his poor eyesi...More
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2014
Rose under fire
Click to search this book in our catalog   Elizabeth Wein
Publishers Weekly This companion to Wein's Printz Honor- and Edgar-winning Code Name Verity introduces Rose Justice, a Pennsylvania teenager and...More

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