Best Fiction Books for Young Adults
Each year, YALSA presents the Best Fiction for Young Adults list after ALA's Midwinter Meeting. This year’s list of 102 books was drawn from 200 official nominations. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse.
In addition to the full list, the Best Fiction for Young Adults committee also created a Top Ten list of titles from the final list, denoted here by an asterisk.
“I am very proud of the hard work, patience and dedication each committee member took this year in selecting the 2013 BFYA list, ” said Chair Ted Schelvan. “After much deliberation and discussion, our final list is comprised of books a library can be proud to add to their Young Adult collection.”
The members of the Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee are: Ted Schelvan, chair, Chief Umtuch Middle School Library, Battle Ground, WA; Rachel Cornelius, Sparta Free Library, Sparta, WI; Valerie Davis, Campbell County Public Library, Newport, KY; Veronica McKay, Rita & Truett Smith Public Library, Wylie, TX; L. Lee Butler, Keefe Memorial Library Boston Latin School, Boston, MA; Julie Vaught, Florence County Library, Florence, SC; Abby Moore, University of South Dakota University Libraries, Vermillion, SD; Stacey McCraken, W.F. West High School, Chehalis, WA; Elizabeth Schneider, Monrovia Public Library, Monrovia, CA; Shanna Swigert Smith, Mesa County Libraries, Grand Junction, CO; Carol Edwards, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO; Sherry Rampey, Gaston First Baptist Church Library, Gaston, SC; Christopher Lassen, Brooklyn Public Library-Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY; Diana Tixier Herald, Libraries Unlimited, Grand Junction, CO; and Ann Kelley, Booklist consultant, Chicago.
Anderson, Jodi Lynn. Tiger Lily. HarperCollins/HarperTeen, 2012; ISBN 13: 9780062003256; $17.99.
Before Wendy came into Peter Pan's life, there was only Tiger Lily.
*Andrews, Jesse. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Abrams/Amulet Books, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781419701764; $16.95.
Greg and Earl are forced to spend time with a classmate recently diagnosed with leukemia. Will their lives change for the better or just stay the same as usual?
Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Drowned Cities. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012; ISBN 13: 9780316056243; $17.99.
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.
Bardugo, Leigh. Shadow and Bone. Henry Holt and Company, 2012: ISBN 13: 9780805094596; $18.00.
Alina discovers she has secret powers and must try abolishing the monsters of the Fold.
Barnaby, Hannah. Wonder Show. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books, 2012; ISBN 13: 9780547599809; $16.99.
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?
Barnes, Jennifer Lynn. Every Other Day. Egmont, 2011; ISBN 13: 9781606841693; $ 17.99.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be something else every other day? Kali D’Angelo is just that; an “Other, ” or so she calls herself, invincible one day human the next. When Kali comes across a student who has an ouroboros mark, giving her moments to live; she ventures into a dangerous world where few survive the things that go bump in the night.
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One book and one series of books stand out from the many I've read this past summer. Perhaps other boomers are familiar with these, too?
The one book is The Best of Cordwainer Smith, a book club anthology of tales by a long dead SF writer who was at his prime in the 1950s and 1960s. I first read many of these back when they were new or nearly new, but being young and callow then, was not tuned in to their poetic character. Unlike a great deal of older SF, these have not dated. They are as good as they ever were, perhaps even better for having withstood the test of time
Reading list2006-07-18 11:38:43 by chinacat
I'd start with just about anything by Charles DeLint - he's a modern/urban spinner of fairy tales who covers runaways, abusive parents, and a ton of teen topics without ever feeling like a 'young adult' book. he has several collections of short stories that you can start with.
Ditto with Mercedes Lackey - she's another author who deals with it all on a level that makes it equally approachable to both teens and adults - and her stuff is readily available at used book stores.
Andrew Vachss's 'another chance to get it right' is a must - it deals with some of the hardest topics a counselor can face in a really clear manner
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