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ALA/YALSA Best Books for Young Adults

Love and Other Perishable Items

By: Laura Buzo

Love is awkward, as fans of Rainbow Rowell and E. Lockhart well know. Funny and heartbreaking in equal measure, this grocery store romance was a Morris Award Finalist for Best YA debut."Smart, honest and...

Every Day

By: David Levithan

In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a "wise, wildly unique" love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different...

Two Boys Kissing

By: David Levithan

A 2014 Lambda Literary Award Winner A 2014 Stonewall Honor BookNamed to the 2013 National Book Award Longlist  "You have to read this.” - Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park In his...


I Was A Rat!

By: Philip Pullman

"I was a rat!"So insists a scruffy boy named Roger. Maybe it's true. But what is he now? A terrifying monster running wild in the sewers? The Daily Scourge newspaper is sure of it. A lucrative...

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World

By: Jennifer Armstrong

The harrowing story of the ill-fated Endurance, now in paperback.In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross Antarctica...

33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women's History

By: Edited by Tonya Bolden

Here’s the perfect book for anyone interested in learning more about girls and women in the United States from the 18th century to the present. Featuring contributions from a wide variety of women,...


Jefferson's Children

By: Shannon Lanier and Jane Feldman;Photographs by Jane Feldman

Shannon Lanier is the sixth great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson and African-American slave, Sally Hemings. In 1998, Lanier embarked on a journey to uncover the history behind his heritage. Told from the...

Hoot

By: Carl Hiaasen

Unfortunately, Roy’s first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully. Then again, if Dana hadn’t been sinking his thumbs into Roy’s temples and mashing his face against...

Flush

By: Carl Hiaasen

Bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen is back with another hysterical mystery adventure for young readers, set in the Florida Keys. You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting...


Stargirl

By: Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just...

The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials

By: Philip Pullman

“The most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings.” —The Oregonian   Throughout the worlds, the forces of both heaven and hell are mustering to take part in Lord Asriel’s...

The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials

By: Philip Pullman

“The most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings.” --The OregonianLyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers...


The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials

By: Philip Pullman

“The most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings.” --The Oregonian Lost in a new world, Lyra finds Will--a boy on the run, a murderer--a worthy and welcome ally. For this is...

Trickster's Choice

By: Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce brings readers another Tortall adventure! Alianne is the teenage daughter of the famed Alanna, the first lady knight in Tortall. Young Aly follows in the quieter footsteps of her father,...

Squire

By: Tamora Pierce

When Kel is chosen by the legendary Lord Raoul to be his squire, the conservatives of the realm hardly think she’s up to the job. Kel earns respect and admiration among the men, as well as the affection...


Saving Francesca

By: Melina Marchetta

Before there was Eleanor and Park, there was Francesca and Will.A compelling story of romance, family, and friendship, with humor and heart, perfect for fans of If I Stay, The Spectacular Now, and Looking...

The Five Ancestors Book 2: Monkey

By: Jeff Stone

At 11-years-old, Malao is the youngest of the Five Ancestors. Master of the monkey fighting style, he’s curious and quick, fast and fun-loving. But now, with the destruction of the temple and the...

I Am the Messenger

By: Markus Zusak

 By the author of the extraordinary international bestseller The Book Thief, this is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.  Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without...


The Book Thief

By: Markus Zusak

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.It is 1939. Nazi Germany....

The Decoding of Lana Morris

By: Laura and Tom McNeal

A Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the YearA New York Public Library Book for the Teen AgeSixteen-year-old Lana Morris wishes her life were different: her Ice Queen of a foster mother won't leave...

Boy Meets Boy

By: David Levithan

This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the...


Love Is the Higher Law

By: David Levithan

First there is a Before, and then there is an After. . . .The lives of three teens—Claire, Jasper, and Peter—are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, has to...

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

By: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

The New York Times bestselling he-said/she-said rock n’ roll romance that inspired the motion picture starring Michael Cera (Juno, Arrested Development) and Kat Dennings (Thor, TV’s 2 Broke...

The Realm of Possibility

By: David Levithan

Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility—it is always expanding, it is never what you think it is. Everything around us was once deemed impossible. From the airplane overhead to the...


The Last Exit to Normal

By: Michael Harmon

It’s true: After 17-year-old Ben’s father announces he’s gay and the family splits apart, Ben does everything he can to tick him off: skip school, smoke pot, skateboard nonstop, get arrested....

The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum

By: Candace Fleming
illustrated by: Ray Fenwick

Step right up! Meet the astounding . . . the amazing . . . P. T. Barnum! The award-winning author of The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary, Amelia Lost, and Our Eleanor brings us the larger-than-life...

Red Spikes

By: Margo Lanagan

Margo Lanagan's electrifying stories take place in worlds not quite our own, and yet each one illuminates what it is to be human. They are stories of yearning for more, and learning to live with what you...


Wildwood Dancing

By: Juliet Marillier

High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It's an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious...

The Shadow in the North: A Sally Lockhart Mystery

By: Philip Pullman

WHEN ONE OF Sally’s clients loses a large sum of money in the unexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally sets out to investigate. But as she delves deeper into the identity of a wealthy...

The Ruby in the Smoke: A Sally Lockhart Mystery

By: Philip Pullman

“BEWARE THE SEVEN blessings . . . ” When she first utters these words, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart doesn’t know their meaning. But when an employee of her late father hears them, he dies...


The Tiger in the Well: A Sally Lockhart Mystery

By: Philip Pullman

UNLIKE MOST VICTORIAN women, Sally is completely independent, with her own successful business and a comfortable home for her young daughter, Harriet. But Sally’s whole world is about to collapse....

Bones of Faerie

By: Janni Lee Simner

The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so 15-year-old Liza has been told. Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza’s world bears the scars of its encounter...

Legacy

By: Tom Sniegoski

What if you found out your deadbeat father is a superhero? Would you leave your small-town life to take up the mantle of a father you never knew? For 18-year-old Lucas, the choice is an easy one: he's...


The Floating Islands

By: Rachel Neumeier

When Trei loses his family in a tragic disaster, he must search out distant relatives in a new land. The Floating Islands are unlike anything Trei has ever seen: stunning, majestic, and graced with kajurai,...

Madapple

By: Christina Meldrum

THE SECRETS OF the past meet the shocks of the present.Aslaug is an unusual young woman. Her mother has brought her up in near isolation, teaching her about plants and nature and language—but not...

Under the Mermaid Angel

By: Martha Moore

Thirteen-year-old Jesse leads a pretty boring  life in just about the most boring place in the  universe -- otherwise known as Ida, Texas. She cannot  forget the death of...


The Chocolate War

By: Robert Cormier

Reissued now in hardcover with a new introduction by the author, Cormier's chilling look at the insidious world of gang intimidation and the abuse of power in a boys' boarding school is no less relevant...

Far Far Away

By: Tom McNeal

A National Book Award FinalistAn Edgar Award FinalistA California Book Award Gold Medal WinnerA dark, contemporary fairy tale in the tradition of Neil Gaiman. Jeremy Johnson Johnson hears voices. Or, specifically,...

Seraphina

By: Rachel Hartman

Lyrical, imaginative, and wholly original, this New York Times bestseller with 8 starred reviews is not to be missed.  Rachel Hartman’s award-winning debut will have you looking at dragons as...


When You Reach Me

By: Rebecca Stead

Winner of the 2010 John Newbery MedalFour mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood....

The Eye of Minds (Mortality Doctrine, Book One)

By: James Dashner

From James Dashner, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, which includes The Maze Runner—now a #1 movie worldwide—and The Scorch Trials—soon to be a major...

Steelheart

By: Brandon Sanderson

Pre-order the sequel—Firefight—today!Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and creator of...


Alligator Bayou

By: Donna Jo Napoli

Talullah, Louisiana. 1899.Calogero, his uncles, and cousins are six Sicilian men living in the small town of Tallulah, Louisiana. They work hard, growing vegetables and selling them at their stand and...

Before I Die

By: Jenny Downham

For the many readers who love The Fault in Our Stars, this is the story of a girl who is determined to live, love, and to write her own ending before her time is finally up.Tessa has just months ...

Your Own, Sylvia

By: Stephanie Hemphill

Your Own, Sylvia draws on Plath’s writing and extensive nonfiction sources, chronicling Hemphill’s interpretation of Plath’s life from infancy to her death by suicide at age 30. The poems...