Saturday, February 2, 2013

Best Fiction for Young Adults

Last month, I blogged about my favorite award winners and those that won this year. In addition to the big name awards, YALSA publishes several book lists that also recognize the best books of the year. Here are the top ten books for Best Fiction for Young Adults. See the rest of the list here.


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Greg isn't pleased when his mom makes him hang out with Rachel, a girl with leukemia. He and Earl just like to hang out and make movies. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, they have one last movie to make.

The Diviners by Libba Bray. When Evie is shipped off to live with her uncle at the Museum of the Creepy Crawlies (The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult), she is sucked into his investigation of a serial killer involved with the occult. Evie knows her special gifts could help, but she'd rather drink and dance and forget she has them. This historical horror saga encompasses many characters and more time periods than its jazz age setting.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. Seraphina is a court musician who must hide her half-human/half-dragon ancestry. Years ago, the dragons and humans signed a peace treaty. When a prince is murdered in a draconian way on the eve of the anniversary, the fragile peace is threatened. Seraphina's unique status may just be the way to save them all, but only if she can keep her own secrets.

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. The Frog Prince, Cinderella, a nursery rhyme, and many other stories interweave to create a story about Sunday Woodcutter and a true friend with a secret identity-- she doesn't see him transform from a frog into a prince, but that's probably a good thing-- he's her sworn enemy.


Every Day by David Levithan. Every day A wakes up in a new body, with a new life. A has rules to govern A's time in a borrowed body, but they're all thrown out the window when A meets Rhiannon. Suddenly, no matter what body A wakes up in, A is searching for her, and trying to find a way to make the relationship work.

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. Based on the life of Arn Chorn-Pond, McCormick paints a tale of a kid who likes a good time when the Khmer Rouge takes him and his family into the countryside. Separated from those he knows and loves, Arn must find a way to survive against all odds. His only motto? Whatever happens, don't fall down.

Boy21 by Matthew Quick. Finley's only escape from life is slipping on that #21 and playing basketball. Russ has just moved in. He's a former basketball phenom, but everything's been turned upside down by tragedy. He won't play ball, but still only answers to his former number--21. When the two guys meet, can their friendship help them work through their issues?


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Ari and Dante seem to be opposites, but become best friends as they deal with family drama and figuring out the secrets of identity and the universe.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Blue has always known that if she ever kisses her true love, he'll die. Her solution is to never kiss anyone. But, then she meets some boys from a neighboring school that make her question her decision. And they need her help to wake a legendary sleeping Welsh king.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Captured behind enemy lines, British spy Verity must write her confession for the Gestapo to save her life. What she tells is a thrilling story of daring and friendship.

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