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Best Fiction for Young Adults
Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
 

Best Fiction for Young Adults

The Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association presents an annual list of books that are recommended reading for young adults 12 to 18. The following titles are selections from that list, which the library owns.

2013 List

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
Mahlia and Mouse are cast-off refugees from the Drowned Cities of a war-torn future American Southeast when they meet Tool, a half-man genetically engineered for one thing: killing.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Alina discovers she has secret powers and must try abolishing the monsters of the Fold.

Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby
Portia is looking for another new beginning and a place to belong. Does she have a strong enough constitution to do it at the travelling freak show?

The Diviners by Libba Bray 
New age, old magic.

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
Sent to prove her uncle insane, Katherine discovers another windup world.

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Katsa saved her life, but now Bitterblue has to save her kingdom

The Wicked and the Just by Jillian Anderson Coats
In the late thirteenth century, Cecily practices a haughty style as befits a lady of the manor in occupied Wales where her father has landed them in search of cheap land. Gwinny, the servant is not about to accede to these upstart English who she knows are simply tyrants to the Welsh who used to rule their own lives.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills
Everyone knows the A side of the record but it’s time for everyone to know the B side.

Croak by Gina Damico
Who would have thought being a grim reaper could give you a life?

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth 
Cameron explores her lesbian sexuality in small town Montana in the early 1990's, and is sent to God's Promise, a school to cure homosexual tendencies.

Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison 
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is not all Lo must deal with when she accidentally witnesses a murder.

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
Syrenka, a vicious mermaid who's a victim of circumstance, and Hester, a modern day teen who's a victim of her family’s tragic past, have a lot more in common than they think.

The Good Braider by Terry Farish 
This is a story of Viola's escape from the Sudan, her long and arduous journey to the U.S., and her struggle with the emotional effects that still linger. Upon arriving in the U.S. she struggles with trying to fit it while maintaining the traditions of her family. This story, told in verse, immerses the reader in the struggles that immigrants have to face while trying to build a new life for themselves but still trying to maintain the ideals of their cultures.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Samantha was always curious about the large, boisterous family next door since her family is quiet and orderly.  One day, Jase, one of the boys, climbed up to her hidden perch. What happens next?

Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
Computer hackers Peter and Noa stumble across a conspiracy targeting runaway teens.

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen
Scarlet, a spunky lady-thief, has made a home in Sherwood Forest with Robin Hood and his band of thieves, but a face from the past may put her forest life and people she loves in jeopardy.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
Hazel and Gus are both Cancer Kids with very different prognoses when they meet and bond over what they share outside of their disease. Funny, poignant, charming, honest and powerful.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman 
Intriguingly, in this world, dragons can transform at will into the body of a human. Part human, part dragon, Seraphina must hide her heritage  as the tenuous peace her country has with dragons seems likely to slip away as unknown elements are stirring up trouble that even Seraphina’s music can’t assuage.

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Wahoo lives with a bunch of animals, including his father.  When they get contacted to provide animals for the show Expedition Survival they agree- but can they live through it?

A Certain October by Angela Johnson 
After surviving a train accident that killed her friend, Scotty must reevaluate her life and find a way to forgive herself.

Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
The only way Althea can hope to keep the family home, Crawley Castle, is to marry a rich man.  She must vie for the affections of too few men with her older step-sisters and the mysterious Miss Vincy.

Ask the Passengers by A. S. King
Astrid, who just moved from the big city to a small town, must discover her way in life, her sexuality and, most importantly, herself.

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Sunday’s child may be able to find her story with the help of ….a frog.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Ismae, a daughter of death and trained by the convent as an assassin, is assigned to assist Duval, the bastard brother of her ruler in this alternate medieval history novel. 

In Darkness by Nick Lake
Trapped in darkness on Haiti hundreds of years apart, the lives of gangster Shorty and slave rebellion leader Toussaint l'Ouverture are intertwined as Shorty tries to survive the 2010 earthquake.

Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis
Ben Bright makes the decision to enlist in the Army. His deployment to the Middle East stresses his relationships with his friends and family, but nothing can prepare them for the way he returns home.

Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine 
Painfully shy Marlee lives in Little Rock and makes friends with Liz the year after the ‘Nine” integrated. When schools close, these friends decide they can make a difference.

Every Day by David Levithan
How can love survive if each day you wake up as a different person?

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Jazz, the son of one of the most notorious of all serial killers, must come to terms with his upbringing by hunting down a new serial killer in his hometown. 

Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas 
Left for dead in a notorious prison work camp, Celaena is given a second chance at freedom by the Crown  Prince himself.  However, this freedom must be won in a cut-throat tournament of assassins, and some of her competitors are not playing by the rules.

Froi of the Exiles: The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta 
Three years after Finnikin of the Rock completed his journey back to Lumatere, young Froi is sent away from Lumatere on a journey of his own. 

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Taylor’s family is spending one last summer together at their house on the lake, which means she can’t run away from the people she hurt five summers before.

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
Arn is taken from his home by the Khmer Rouge and forced to become a child soldier. What will he do to survive?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer 
Cyborg Cinder, a mechanic in the chaotic street market of New Beijing, threatened by disease and aliens, meets Prince Kai when he brings a beloved robot in for repair.

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
When Prince Khemri comes of age, he finds he has a lot to learn about the intergalactic empire he serves. This is the story of his first three deaths.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Dodger is the canniest cove in all of London, scheming with Dickens, glad-handing Disraeli, and even getting the upper hand over Sweeney Todd in his quest to protect an anonymous girl.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Aria has grown up living in the safety of the domes, while Peregrine is a savage outsider. When a series of events leads to Aria's banishment, Peregrine helps her survive.

Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
After Peter endures a sports ending injury, he discovers that life can curve in new directions, not always the way he anticipates; a new girl and Grandfather’s Alzheimer’s among them.  

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Sargent has been told her entire life that she will kill her true love.  She stays away from boys, but when one boy's ghost shows up on the corpse road, which is a promise of death within a year, Blue understands that she can no longer avoid the Raven Boys.  When she teams up with them to search for ley lines and lost kings, she knows that something has started and that her life will never be the same.

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
In one night, Nora's best friend is murdered and her boyfriend disappears.  When she starts looking for answers, she finds cryptic clues that lead to more danger and, perhaps, the answers to much more than she bargained for. 

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 
Verity and Maddie are friends working in the war effort.  When the Gestapo captures Verity, she trades information for freedom.  Meanwhile, Maddie tries to free her.  This is their story. 

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson 
When Laurel moved to a new town, she was introduced to the drug moon.  What happens when she can't get enough?

 

2012 List

My Name is Mina by David Almond
Through the process of writing in her journal, Mina, a misfit, discovers herself.

Chime by Franny Billingsley
In a complex alternate universe, Briony thinks she has committed murder. Puzzling out the truth involves her sister and a new love.
Red Glove by Holly Black
Cassel’s adjustment to being a curse worker is hindered by his unusual family of cons, an unpredictable mother, a girlfriend who is the mob bosses’ daughter, and the FBI agents who are on his trail.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Moving from town-to-town, Cas slays murderous ghosts, seeking revenge for the death of his father. Along the way, he meets Anna’s ghost, and discovers new insights into the complexities of ghosts.
Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Kit flees to Broadway for a role in a musical. When the musical closes, her ex-boyfriend’s father gets her a job with dangerous strings attached.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
When an airplane full of teenage beauty queens crashes on a remote island, the surviving girls are forced to push themselves to the limits in order to survive.

Hush by Eishes Chayil
After many years, Gittel finally knows why her friend, Devory, took her own life yet when Devory tries to tell, her ultra-conservative Jewish community won’t listen.
Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen
An unlikely friendship between a stuttering, emotionally shattered, talented football player and a short, competitive gymnast, creates a bond that may help them stand up to three football bullies.
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Since her parent’s divorce, McLean has moved frequently. In each new town, she puts on a different persona, but in Lakeview, she discovers an urge to be herself—whoever that is.
Payback Time by Carl Deuker
Student sports reporter Mitch investigates his football coach on suspicion of corruption in order to determine why the best athlete at his high school does nothing but stand on the sidelines.
Entwined by Heather Dixon
After their mother’s death, Azalea and her eleven younger sisters discover a secret passage to a forbidden, enchanted pavilion and find neglecting the rules has a price.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Three years after Mia left for New York, Adam is still reeling from her virtual disappearance when an accidental meeting brings them back together.
The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas
A paper bag filled with six objects pushes Rose past the grief over the death of her mother, which has caused her to withdraw from the world.
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Being grounded for the entire summer might be the best thing that could have happened to Jack and his blood-spurting nose.
I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Sam and Riddle Boarder move constantly with an unstable, criminal father, and all they have is each other until they meet Emily, a girl who recognizes their pain.
The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman
June wasn’t looking for love, until she literally crashed into Wes and found it.
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Lucky faces a bully, meets a girl, and tries to bring his POW/MIA grandfather home from meetings that take place in his dreams as he struggles to find himself.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The monster comes for Conor just after midnight, again and again. That is, until he’s ready to share how he feels about his mom’s cancer.
The False Princess by Ellis O'Neal
After Sinda learns she is a stand-in for the real princess, she uncovers treachery and betrayal are at work to overthrow the crown—and decides she must intervene.
Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
After her estranged grandmother’s death, Delilah, her mother and aunt sort through the estate, while also working on their relationships.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Trailed by a menacing shadow, Jacob tumbles into a time loop and discovers the peculiar children of his grandfather’s childhood.
Queen of Water by Laura Resau
As a small child, Ecuadorian Virginia is sent off to work as an unpaid nanny and maid in the home of a wealthy couple. Based on a true story.
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Jason, Piper and Leo discover they are the half-blood children of the Greek gods and embark on a quest to rescue Hera from her captors.
Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
After discovering Audubon’s original paintings in a folio at the library, Doug sets off on a quest to restore the missing pages to the book.
White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick
Rebecca meets Ferelith in Winterfold, a town being inexorably eaten by the sea. They explore a haunted mansion on the cliffs, where dastardly experiments on the afterlife were done years ago.
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Alternating between dramatic wording and stunning pictures, Wonderstruck chronicles the journeys of Ben and Rose, fifty years apart, both searching for the missing pieces to their surprisingly connected lives.
The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
In 1934, Karl’s Jewishness has never been an issue, but suddenly it is. Offered the opportunity to train under a champion, Karl grabs it and boxing becomes his refuge.
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Charlie’s life in an Australian small town is turned upside down when Jasper Jones knocks on his bedroom window late one night and asks for help disposing of a body.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Karu questions how she came to be raised by the chimaera Brimstone. When she meets the seraph Akiva, events unfold that could answer her questions—but at great cost.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
September is excited, puzzled, confused and thrilled on her quest through Fairyland.
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales edited by Chris Van Allsberg
The mysterious illustrations introduced in Allsberg’s 1984 collection,
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, are reprinted and accompanied by equally haunting and mysterious stories crafted by some of today’s top writers.
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
After a school bus accident, high school runner Jessica has her leg amputated below the knee. She must gather all of her reserves to put her life back together.
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Cullen’s tired of small-town life, and expects to spend the summer before his senior year with friends fighting off boredom and dreaming of girls—then his younger brother disappears.
Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
As Zimbabwe disintegrates under its new leadership, Deo’s village is brutally attacked and he can only save Innocent, his brother who is mentally delayed.
The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf
Experience this fateful historic event from the point-of-view of twenty-four passengers who couldn’t have imagined that their “unsinkable” ship would collide with an iceberg.
Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
Homeless teens Blink and Caution become entangled in a blackmail scheme gone wrong and their survival depends on confronting both current threats and the painful secrets of their pasts.

 

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, annually selects books that teens will pick up on their own and read for pleasure. The list is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read. The following titles are selections from that list, which the library owns.

2013 List

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
You’re either dead, alive, or a cannibal.

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
What happened to Anna?

Croak by Gina Damico
What if being a Grim Reaper was suddenly your summer job?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney
Who will have a date for the dance, Greg or Rowley?

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga 
Just because your father a notorious serial killer, doesn’t mean you’re one too, does it?

Olympians: Hades: Lord of the Dead by George O'Connor 
Hades and Kore can’t handle their personal problems.

Revived by Cat Patrick
Cats aren’t the only ones with nine lives.  Daisy’s on her fifth.

The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir by Gabu Rodriguez and Jenna Glatzer
Memoir of a faked pregnancy. 

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan 
They left Earth to colonize a new planet, but things have gone wrong.

Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams
When Zach dies, the family falls apart.

Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy by Jacqueline Woodson 
Laurel’s heartbreak triggers her downward spiral into destruction.

  

2012 List

Fiction

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Anya's new best friend is a ghost with a secret!

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles
Will Luis choose the girl or the gang?

Clarity by Kim Harrington
One touch can solve a murder.

Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
Can Katie save her town from a zombie virus AND land the hot boy?

Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster
Alien invasion or something else?

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore
Numbers 1, 2, and 3 are dead. Now they are coming for number 4.

Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
Who should Liz believe? Her best friend or her brother?

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
Missing teens and mysterious messages.

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
April's crazy junior year starts with one big lie.

My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours by Kristina Springer
Tell me about your boyfriend.

Her and Me and You by Lauren Strasnick
Caught between a brother and a sister.

Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers
Eddie has unanswered questions about her father’s suicide.

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
Garth finds a new reason to live in the land of the dead.

Recruited by Suzanne Weyn
Are the offers too good to be true?

Unlocked by Ryan G. Van Cleave
Will Alex betray his best friend?

Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Halloween nightmare or reality?

Variant by Robison Wells
Playing by the rules can be deadly.

Pink by Lili Wilkerson
New school, new friends, new look.

Non-Fiction 

Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever by Julian Beever
Step into street art.

ZooBorns: The Newest, Cutest Animals From the World's Zoos and Aquariums by Andrew Bleiman
Baby animals...Awwwwww!

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
The down and dirty on great deaths in history.

100 Most Awesome Things On The Planet by Anna Claybourne
Mount Everest, nanomachines, the Great Wall of China, and more.

Lauren Conrad Style by Lauren Conrad
Exceptional style for every day.

A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard
Eighteen years in captivity—in her own words.

Through My Eyes: A Quarterback’s Journey by Tim Tebow
Up-close and personal with a Heisman Trophy winner.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not!: Strikingly True by Geoff Tibballs
Unbelievably weird!