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2014 Top Ten Best Fiction For Young Adults

The following is an announcement from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA):

YALSA announced its 2014 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. This year’s list of 98 books was drawn from 175 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. The full list can be found at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/best-fiction-young-adults.

The Best Fiction for Young Adults committee also created a Top Ten list of titles from the final list:

  • Berry, Julie. "All the Truth That’s in Me" Penguin/Viking Juvenile, 2013
  • Clark, Kristin Elizabeth. "Freakboy" Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013
  • Federle, Tim. "Better Nate Than Ever" Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013
  • McNeal, Tom. "Far Far Away" Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013
  • Rowell, Rainbow. "Eleanor & Park" Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013
  • Sedgwick, Marcus. "Midwinterblood" Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, 2013
  • Sepetys, Ruta. "Out of the Easy" Penguin/Philomel, 2013
  • Smith, Andrew. "Winger" Illustrated by Sam Bosma. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013
  • Sullivan, Tara. "Golden Boy" Penguin/Putnam Juvenile, 2013
  • Wein, Elizabeth. Rose Under Fire" Disney-Hyperion, 2013
  • Many of these titles are available in alternate formats. Please check the catalog for electronic and audio copies.


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    Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
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    Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
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    Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
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    Amazon Says: A National Book Award Finalist An Edgar Award Finalist A California Book Award Gold Medal Winner A dark, contemporary fairy tale in the tradition of Neil Gaiman. Jeremy Johnson Johnson hears voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of The Brothers Grimm. Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next.             But Jacob can't protect Jeremy from everything. When coltish, copper-haired Ginger Boultinghouse takes a bite of a cake so delicious it’s rumored to be bewitched, she falls in love with the first person she sees: Jeremy. In any other place, this would be a turn for the better for Jeremy, but not in Never Better, where the Finder of Occasions—whose identity and evil intentions nobody knows—is watching and waiting, waiting and watching. . . And as anyone familiar with the Brothers Grimm know, not all fairy tales have happy endings.             Veteran writer Tom McNeal has crafted a young adult novel at once grim(m) and hopeful, full of twists, and perfect for fans of contemporary fairy tales like Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book and Holly Black's Doll Bones. The recipient of five starred reviews, Publishers Weekly called Far Far Away "inventive and deeply poignant." less...
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    Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
    Amazon Says: Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Then sh more...
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    Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
    Amazon Says: Seven linked vignettes of passion and love unfold on a Scandinavian island inhabited throughout various time periods by Vikings, vampires, ghosts and a curiously powerful plan more...
    Amazon Says: Seven linked vignettes of passion and love unfold on a Scandinavian island inhabited throughout various time periods by Vikings, vampires, ghosts and a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon. less...
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    Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
    Amazon Says: It's 1950 and the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie Moraine wants more out of life than the more...
    Amazon Says: It's 1950 and the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie Moraine wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test. With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny. less...
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    Winger by Andrew Smith
    Amazon Says: A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in a heartbreakingly funny novel. Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kid more...
    Amazon Says: A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in a heartbreakingly funny novel. Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy. With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart. Filled with hand-drawn infographics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking. less...
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    Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
    Amazon Says: Thirteen-year-old Habo has always been different--light eyes, yellow hair and white skin. Not the good brown skin his family has and not the white skin of tourists. Habo is more...
    Amazon Says: Thirteen-year-old Habo has always been different--light eyes, yellow hair and white skin. Not the good brown skin his family has and not the white skin of tourists. Habo is strange and alone. His father, unable to accept Habo, abandons the family; his mother can scarcely look at him. His brothers are cruel and the other children never invite him to play. Only his sister Asu loves him well. But even Asu can't take the sting away when the family is forced from their small Tanzanian village, and Habo knows he is to blame.  Seeking refuge in Mwanza, Habo and his family journey across the Serengeti. His aunt is glad to open her home until she sees Habo for the first time, and then she is only afraid. Suddenly, Habo has a new word for himself: Albino. But they hunt Albinos in Mwanza because Albino body parts are thought to bring good luck. And soon Habo is being hunted by a fearsome man with a machete. To survive, Habo must not only run, but find a way to love and accept himself. less...
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    Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
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