These books have been selected by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). For the complete list, visit the ‘Booklists and Book Awards’ section of the YALSA’s website.
“The books, recommended for those 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 that reflects the diversity of the teen experience, nonfiction that brings to teens an awareness of the world they live in and its history, and fantastical stories told in both narrative and graphic formats.” – from YALSA’s BBYA page
The Orange Houses, written by Paul Griffin. Tamika, a 15-year old hearing-impaired girl, Jimmi, an 18 year-old veteran who stopped taking his anti-psychotic medication, and 16 year-old Fatima, an illegal immigrant from Africa, meet and connect in their New York neighborhood, with devastating results. (Fiction)
The Reformed Vampire Support Group, written by Catherine Jinks. 15 year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them – until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime. (Fiction)
Alligator Bayou, written by Donna Jo Napoli. 14 year-old Calogera Scalise and his Sicilian family live in small-town Louisiana in 1898, when Jim Crow laws rule and anti-immigration sentiment is strong. Despite his attempts to be polite and follow American customs, disaster follows his family. (Fiction)
When You Reach Me, written by Rebecca Stead. As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a 12 year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seem to defy the laws of time and space. (Fiction)
Marcelo in the Real World, written by Francisco X. Stork. Marcelo Sandoval, a 17 year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mail room of a corporate law firm. (Fiction)
Lips Touch: Three Times, written by Laini Taylor. Three short stories about kissing, featuring elements of the supernatural. (Fiction)
The Great Wide Sea, written by M.H. Herlong. Still mourning the death of their mother, three brothers go with their father on an extended sailing trip off the Florida Keys and have a harrowing adventure at sea. (Fiction)
Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland, written by Sally M. Walker. Takes readers through the process of investigating human remains found at colonial-era sites to reveal causes of death, match remains with the names of the historical records, and determine the skeletons’ gender, age at death, nationality, and even economic standing. (Nonfiction)
Demon’s Lexicon, written by Sarah Rees Brennan. Nick lives with his empty-shell mother and older brother Alan, but they’re constantly on the move as they hunt—and are hunted by—evil magicians and their conjured demons. (Fiction)
Stitches: A Memoir, written by David Small. The author recounts in graphic novel format his troubled childhood with a radiologist father who subjected him to repeated x-ray and a withholding and tormented mother, an environment he fled at the age of sixteen in the hopes of becoming an artist. (Nonfiction)
For more info: Visit the Young Adult Library Services Association to read the Full List or for other great book lists and update throughout the year. Check out more Award-Winning Books for Young Readers from San Diego publisher, Kane/Miller.