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ALA Best Books for Young Adults
2020
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ben Philippe

School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Seventeen-year-old Norris Kaplan has just had his world turned upside-down. Wh...More

2020
Girls on the Verge
Click to search this book in our catalog   Sharon Biggs Waller

Book list Camille has just wrapped a successful summer with her theater troupe and is ready for a prestigious...More

2020
Heroine
Click to search this book in our catalog   Mindy McGinnis

Book list Senior Mickey Catalan is a talented softball catcher with a bright collegiate future ahead. She'...More

 
2020
Like a Love Story
 Abdi Nazemian

Publishers Weekly When Reza, a closeted teen, moves from Toronto to New York City ("by way of Tehran&quo...More

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2020
Lovely War
 Julie Berry

Kirkus Love's enduring power faces off against the horrors of war in this sumptuous Greek mythology-inspi...More

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2020
On the Come Up
 Angie Thomas

Publishers Weekly Thomas's highly anticipated follow up to The Hate U Give returns to Garden Heights, but...More

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2020
Patron Saints of Nothing
Click to search this book in our catalog   Randy Ribay

Publishers Weekly Passionately and fearlessly, Ribay (After the Shot Drops) delves into matters of justice, g...More

2020
Pet.
Click to search this book in our catalog   Akwaeke Emezi

Kirkus Teenager Jam unwittingly animates her mother's painting, summoning a being through a cross-dimensi...More

2020
The Stars and the Blackness between Them
Click to search this book in our catalog   Junauda Petrus

Kirkus In Petrus' bewitching debut, Aquarius meets Scorpio and contemplates what comes next.Audre has fou...More

 
2020
With the Fire on High
 Elizabeth Acevedo

Book list Acevedo has done it again: the multi-award-winning author of The Poet X (2018) here delivers perfec...More

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2019
The Poet X
 Acevedo, Elizabeth

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

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2019
Leah on the Offbeat
 Albertalli, Becky

Book list *Starred Review* Leah Burke takes center stage in this sequel to Albertalli's Morris Award-winn...More

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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   Caletti, Deb

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

2019
Dread Nation
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ireland, Justina

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

 
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
 Khorram, Adib

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

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2019
Foolish Hearts.
 Mills, Emma

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

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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   Plozza, Shivaun.

Publishers Weekly Australian author Plozza mixes mystery with a teenager's messy reckoning with her famil...More

2018
What Girls Are Made Of
Click to search this book in our catalog   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

 
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.
 Lee, Mackenzi

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

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2018
Sparrow
 Moon, Sarah

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

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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'...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 whi...More

2018
The Hate U Give
Click to search this book in our catalog   Thomas, Angie

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

 
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
 Zappia, Francesca

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

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2018
Goodbye Days
 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

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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   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

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 r...More

 
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.
 Medina, Meg

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Nora Lopez is 17 in 1977 when New York City faced one of its most horrific sum...More

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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...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 (Challeng...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. Thi...More

2017
The Serpent King
Click to search this book in our catalog   Zentner, Jeff

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

 
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
 Leigh Bardugo

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

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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 ...More

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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
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-Stuyvesa...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 wi...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 ...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 ...More

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2016
Challenger Deep
 Neal Shusterman

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

2015
The crossover
Click to search this book in our catalog   by Kwame Alexander

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

 
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
 by Jandy Nelson

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

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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 cryogeni...More

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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
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 vocati...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 ...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...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 (P...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 ...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 ...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 reflect...More

2014
Far far away
Click to search this book in our catalog   Tom McNeal

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

 
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
 Marcus Sedgwick

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

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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 caug...More

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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
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. H...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 R...More

 

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