ALA Best Books for Young Adults
2016
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Click to search this book in our catalog   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
2016
Six of Crows
Click to search this book in our catalog   Leigh Bardugo
 
2016
The Bunker Diary
 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
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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   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
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
 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
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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   Neal Shusterman
Publishers Weekly With lyricism and potent insight, Shusterman (Unwind) traces the schizophrenic descent and return of Caden Bosch, an intelligent 15...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 existence of the Leteo Institute, a neighbo...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 Lynch, a displaced Chicagoan and grunge m...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 to the coaching of their dad, a former ...More
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2015
The gospel of winter : a novel
Click to search this book in our catalog   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
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
 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
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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   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
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
 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
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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's 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 kidnapped, held prisoner, and maimed by...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 challenges of growing up transgender or...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 reflected in the starry eyes of eighth-grader N...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 voice that-like Hansel and Gretel-readers ...More
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2014
Eleanor & Park
Click to search this book in our catalog   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
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
 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
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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   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
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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