Best Fiction for Young Adults
There's no set number of books that makes the cut on this list. Rather, committee members read 200+ nominated books (and yes, as I am on the 2014 committee, I can confirm that every committee member must read every nomination!), and then select however many of those books they agree are the "best" and put them on a list. And then, they create a Top Ten. These are books to put on the top of your TBR pile.
- Andrews, Jesse. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Abrams/Amulet Books, 2012.
- Bray, Libba. The Diviners. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012.
- Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. Random House/Random House Books for Young Readers, 2012.
- Kontis, Alethea. Enchanted. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Harcourt Children’s Books, 2012.
- Levithan, David. Every Day. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012.
- McCormick, Patricia. Never Fall Down. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 2012.
- Quick, Matthew. Boy 21. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012.
- Saenz, Benjamin. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012.
- Stiefvater, Maggie. The Raven Boys. Scholastic, 2012.
- Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity. Disney/Hyperion, 2012.
Similar to BFYA, there's no set number of books that make this list, and all have been vetted by the full committee. I spend so much time reading fiction and nonfiction that I personally do a bad job keeping up with graphic novels. This list was made for people like me, who desperately need assistance growing a fine graphic novel collection for their eager teens.
- Backderf, Derf. My Friend Dahmer. 2012, illus., Abrams, paper, $17.95, 978-1419702174.
- Fetter-Vorm, Jonathan. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb. 2012, illus., Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Hill and Wang, $22.00, 978-0809094684.
- Lambert, Joseph. Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller. 2012, illus., Disney Hyperion/Disney Book Group, $17.99, 978-1423113362.
- Bendis, Brian Michael and Sara Pichelli. Ultimate Comics Spider-man, V.1. 2012, illus., Marvel, $24.99, 978-0785157120.
- Hicks, Faith Erin. Friends with Boys. 2012, illus., Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $15.99, 978-1596435568.
- Kwitney, Alisa, Rebecca Guay and others. A Flight of Angels. 2011, illus., DC/Vertigo, $24.99. 978-1401232009.
- Long, Mark, Nate Powell and others. The Silence of Our Friends. 2012, illus., Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $16.99, 978-1596436183.
- Murakami, Takashi. Stargazing Dog. 2011, illus., NBM Publishing, paper, $11.99, 978-1561636129.
- Telgemeier, Raina. Drama. 2012, illus., Scholastic/GRAPHIX, $23.99, 978-0545326988.
- Waid, Mark, Paolo Manuel Rivera and Marcos Martin. Daredevil V. 1. 2012, illus., Marvel, $19.99, 978-0785152378.
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