YALSA announces first Best Fiction for Young Adults list

The 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults list represents the first since YALSA (ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association) restructured and renamed the Best Books for Young Adults list.  According to their website:

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 complete list can be found at the YALSA website: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/bestficya/bfya2011.cfm

And the Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2011, are:

  • Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker
  • Donnelley, Jennifer. Revolution
  • Marchetta, Melina. Finnikin of the Rock
  • Matson, Morgan. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
  • McBride, Lish. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
  • Mulligan, Andy. Trash
  • Perkins, Mitali. Bamboo People
  • Reinhardt, Dana. The Things a Brother Knows
  • Saenz, Benjamin. Last Night I Sang to the Monster
  • Sedgwick, Marcus. Revolver

Congratulations to all winners!  Be sure to vote for your favorite book, reviewed in this blog, in the poll on the right!

In addition to the Best Fiction list, YALSA posted it’s other “best lists.”  Included in the “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” for 2011 was Jane Yolen and Mike Cavallaro’s Foiled (reviewed here).  In the “No Surprise” category, the “Popular Paperbacks” list included Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games (review here) and Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver (review here).  Two of the “Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers” were also reviewed in this blog: Kody Keplinger’s The D.U.F.F. and Darren Shan’s Birth of a Killer.

Interested in all of YALSA’s booklists? Find links to all the booklists, and awards, here: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/booklistsbook.cfm

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